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Enhancing Diversity Seminars

The 2021 Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series is designed to engage the campus community in dialogue around topics and issues related to diversity, campus climate, equity, and inclusion. In a virtual format, the Office for Diversity has invited Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff to present their research to the campus community. A list of past Enhancing Diversity Seminars is available here.
Because of the range of experience, motivation, and knowledge in the campus community, the Office for Diversity offers sessions for participants with a variety of skill levels and knowledge about diversity. To help participants find presentations that match their interests and facilitate their personal and professional development, presenters have indicated experience and knowledge level(s) for their sessions: 

  1. Novice - Limited or no experience, training, and/or personal reflection discussing racism, privilege, and other social justice issues and identifying personal biases, prejudices, and identity.  
  2. Intermediate - Some to moderate experience, training, and/or personal reflection identifying and recognizing personal bias and prejudices, how power and authority are distributed within organizational systems, and forms of privilege, oppression, and discrimination. 
  3. Advanced - Substantial experience, training, and/or personal reflection resulting in a willingness to engage in respectful discussions and discourse about power, privilege, oppression, and discrimination; the ability to function effectively in a multicultural society; the ability to understand conflict from multiple viewpoints; and the willingness to explore personal bias and prejudices.

Presentations are structured to encourage participants to engage in self-reflection and to interact with peers and the presenter(s). Please check with your supervisor to determine whether any presentations count towards your specific training and professional development requirements. 

Fall 2021 Seminars

November 18, 2021 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Central Time)
Undocufriendly "does not equal" Undocuserving -- Undocumented College Students’ Perceptions of Institutional Support

Presenter: Dr. Cinthya Salazar, Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development
Texas A&M University

Abstract: Undocufriendly colleges and universities are those with a reputation of being welcoming to undocumented students and offering a more inclusive campus climate via their institutional policies, services, and practices. These campuses are perceived to positively influence undocumented students’ college choice and their experiences once they enroll in higher education. Most undocufriendly institutions are located in states with tuition equity policies, which allow undocumented students to pay in-state resident tuition. Theoretically, the combination of tuition equity policies and inclusive institutional practices should offer undocumented students an undocufriendly campus environment that promotes their college success. In this presentation, I will discuss the findings of a qualitative study that examined the extent to which an undocufriendly campus setting was actually fostering undocumented students’ success and meeting their needs. Through a participatory action research methodology, I investigated undocumented students’ perceptions of institutional support at the public research university in Virginia that was largely perceived to be the most undocufriendly campus within the Commonwealth.
Level: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced - All students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend!

Registration: Texas A&M employees (students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to register using Train Traq so that seminar is included on their training transcript. Community members and people who do not work for Texas A&M are welcome to register using this link. Registration Ends: November 15, 2021 at 5:00 PM (Central Time).