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Office for Diversity Newsletter

 Newsletter Issues

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October 2021 - This month, we feature Dr. Jocelyn Frelier, Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies and ACES Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University. Explore the month’s resource spotlight on the Syllabus on Self-Care and Wellness for Social Justice Activists. Meet the newest members of the Office for Diversity: Dr. Omar Rivera, Director of ACES, and Ande Burks, Executive Assistant III.

September 2021 - This month, we share an interview with a former student, Dr. Joseph J. GarcĂ­a ‘93. We are excited to announce the establishment of the Office for Diversity Student Advisory Council (SDAC), a recognized student organization that serves as a student advisory body to the Office for Diversity. The Office for Diversity is excited to announce the presenters for the 2021 Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series. Applications are open for the 2021 - 2022 Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program.

June 2021 - This month's issue feature Ms. Ann Boney’s work with the NAACP, Mrs. Deyanira Ely and the prestigious 2021 Academic Affairs Tradition of Excellence Award in Advancing Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from the Division of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Lizette Ojeda and her appointment as 2021-2022 Administrative Fellow overseeing the  Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship Fellows and ADVANCE Scholars programs.

May 2021 - This month's issue celebrates the Office for Diversity Learning Community (ODLC) National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) presentation. Further, we congratulate all Accountability, Climate, and Equity (ACE) Award winners and Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS®) 100 Award winners!

April 2021 - This month’s edition is bursting with exciting new research and opportunities. We feature Eric Mendoza, 2020-2021 Student Body President. Read about the research of our very own Lawren Walker and Dr. Gabriela Zapata, ADVANCE Administrative Fellow, whose research projects were presented at the Race, Identity, and Social Equity (RISE) Conference last month. Read about the School of Innovation’s MaroonBase app, and take advantage of this wealth of opportunities to connect with the Texas A&M community!

March 2021 - Read this month's issue to learn about the Deans CARE (Committed to Anti-Racism Efforts) Internship Program, a long-term effort to advance the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We introduce you to Lily Pieper, Student Government Association Diversity Commissioner and Diversity Operations Committee Member. Discover April events and opportunities, from Sexual Assault Awareness Month to the Aggie Allies Workshop, and much more! 

February 2021 - This month, we feature the outstanding scholarship of Dr. ArCasia James-Gallaway, ACES Fellow and Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning and Culture. Learn more about the College of Dentistry’s Bridge to Dentistry, a comprehensive pipeline program for the recruitment, training, and retention of underrepresented minoritized students in dentistry. Read about the campus climate surveys, and how you can show your support by sharing #YourVoiceTAMU. 

January 2021 - In this month’s newsletter, you will find a letter to the campus community from Dr. Annie McGowan, Interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. Read about the work of Dr. Srividya "Srivi" Ramasubramanian, a Presidential Impact Fellow, Professor of Communication, Affiliated Professor of Women's & Gender Studies, and Director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Meet the outstanding fellows of the 2020 Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Program Cohort. Get to know Dr. Gabriela Zapata, ADVANCE Administrative Fellow in the Office for Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies, and her exceptional scholarship on second language pedagogy.

December 2020 - Read about the work of Thomas W. Mitchell, J.D., LL.M. a 2020 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law in the School of Law at Texas A&M University (TAMU). Learn about the College of Medicine’s Learning Environment Enrichment Program (LEEP) from Dr. Amy Waer and Dr. Michael Dewsnap, and the implementation of the Peer-to-Peer Awareness Conversations or “Cup of Coffee” conversations. Read about a presentation to our ACES and ADVANCE scholars on being an academic parent during COVID-19. Learn about our student spotlight and more.

November 2020 - Dr. Adrienne Carter-Sowell research interview, Whitney Douglass accomodations and access interview, ACES Fellows Application, Virtual Speed Consultations, Graduate Student Spotlight, and more.

September 2020 - “Somos Texas A&M”, 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, Staff Spotlight, ACES applications open, SEED Grant applications open, Calendar of Events, and News

August 2020 - Dr. John Singer book interview, State of Diversity, Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series, Graduate Student Spotlight, ACES applications open, SEED Grant applications open

July 2020 - Dr. Emilce Santana publication interview, Dr. Kristie Orr facilitating disability interview, ADA 30th anniversary, ACES applications open, SEED Grant applications open

June 2020 - Dr. Bryce Henson book interview, Moving to Policy & Change, Racial Justice, and Pride Month

May 2020 - Dr. Sergio Lemus book interview, RISE Conference presentation, and Staying Connected with Community

April 2020 - Dr. Portia Owusu book interview, HIPs Conference presentation, and Coping with Stress and Anxiety

February 2020 - Texas A&M Earns National Diversity Champion Award, first ACES cohort, and Dr. Andrea Roberts' Enhancing Diversity Seminar.

 News Interviews


October 2021 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Jocelyn Frelier is an ACES Faculty Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Texas A&M University.

October 2021 News Article - Connecting Those Advancing Accountability, Dr. Troy Harden, Director of the Race & Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) presented to the Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) during their September meeting.

September 2021 News Article - Former Student Shares Impact of Lifetime Work. Family values and service guide civil rights work with the Peace Corps.

June 2021 News Article - Through her work as a civil rights activist and community leader, Ms. Ann Boney has been able to impact lives across the country and educate the university and Brazos Valley communities on Black Americans’ struggle for equality. 

April 2021 News Article - Eric Mendoza '21 is an economics major and master's student in finance. Mr. Mendoza is the Texas A&M University Student Body President. The Office for Diversity interviewed Mr. Mendoza about his leadership role within the university community, his inspiration, and how his background informs his service.

March 2021 News Article - Advancing Accountability, Climate, and Equity, Lily Pieper '21 (she/her/hers) is a senior psychology major with minors in sociology and neuroscience and a pre-law philosophy certificate. Ms. Pieper is the Texas A&M University Student Government Association (SGA) Diversity Commissioner and Diversity Operations Committee liaison for Student Government Association (SGA). 

February 2021 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. ArCasia James-Gallaway is an ACES Fellow and Assistant Professor of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University.

January 2021 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Srividya "Srivi" Ramasubramanian a Presidential Impact Fellow, Professor of Communication, Affiliated Professor of Women's & Gender Studies, and Director of the Difficult Dialogues on Campus Race Relations at Texas A&M University

January 2021 News Article - Advancing Exceptional Scholarship, Dr. Gabriela Zapata is an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow in the Office for Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University

December 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Thomas W. Mitchell, J.D., LL.M. a 2020 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow and Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law in the School of Law at Texas A&M University

November 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Adrienne Carter-Sowell, Associate Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, with an appointment  in the Africana Studies Program at Texas A&M University

November 2020 News Article - Facilitating Access for Students with Disabilities, Whitney Douglass '09, Director of Business Services at Crabtree Interpreting 

August 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. John Singer, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sport Management in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, Diversity Operations Committee Member

July 2020 News Article - Facilitating Access for Students with Disabilities, Dr. Kristie Orr, Disability Resources Director, Texas A&M University

July 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Emilce Santana, ACES Fellow

June 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Bryce Henson, ACES Fellow

May 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Sergio Lemus, ACES Fellow

April 2020 News Article - Producing Outstanding Scholarship, Dr. Portia Owusu, ACES Fellow


The Office for Diversity is experimenting with a new way of engaging in dialogue and connecting with Texas A&M's campus and community. Please share your experiences adapting to virtual learning, teaching, and working with us!