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OFD Learning Community

Introduction

ODLC logoThe Office for Diversity at Texas A&M University implemented the Office for Diversity Learning Community (ODLC) in Fall of 2018. The ODLC has been modeled as a high-impact practice to engage student workers and help them to build skills that will benefit them in both their academic and professional endeavors. The ODLC encourages innovative student research and through student learning outcomes addresses communication skills, cultural literacy, and social justice. Learning outcomes are further positioned to address higher levels of learning identified by Bloom’s Taxonomy, including analyze, evaluate, and create. The ODLC encourages innovative student research and development specifically including student learning outcomes addressing communication skills, cultural literacy, and social justice. Based on their academic and professional interests, students have their own projects and assigned tasks. For instance, some broad areas of individual student expertise include social media, finances, leading meetings, facilitating discussion, creative projects, and written communication.
 

Meet the ODLC

Redeem Francis, a Black woman in her twenties, is standing and smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black and white pattern blazer
Redeem Francis '21
(she/her)
Student Assistant
Redeem Francis is a second-year student at The Bush School of Government and Public Service. She is pursing a Master of Public Service and Administration on a Non-Profit Management track with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. Originally from Crowley, Texas, Redeem was thrilled to start her education at Texas A&M University four years ago as an undergraduate, and she is now enjoying her experiences in graduate school. As an undergraduate, with the help of the Office for Diversity, Redeem strengthened her passion for equity, accountability, and research. In 2019 and 2021, she had the privilege to present at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) along with her coworkers from the Texas A&M Office for Diversity. In 2019, she also was inducted into the 2019-2020 Race, Identity, & Social Equity (RISE) Fellowship and had the opportunity to conduct her own research study. In the Office for Diversity, Redeem mainly focuses on event planning, assisting with research, and low-level financial affairs. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and running. Redeem plans to be a change agent for our world so that coming generations can have a brighter future. 


Darby Salge, a white woman in her twenties, is sitting and smiling at the camera. She is wearing brown glasses, a blue top, and blue jeans.
Darby Salge, M.Ed. '19 (she/her)
Graduate Assistant
Darby Salge is a school psychology doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development. She is from Houston, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M in 2020 with a Master of Education, and in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a minor in Neuroscience and a Certificate in Diversity. Darby is passionate about mental health advocacy. Her research interests include the psychological effects of social justice work, school-based mental health, and academic socialization. She currently serves as the 2020-2021 Treasurer for the TAMU chapter of the Student Affiliates of School Psychology (SASP).


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Lawren Walker '22
(she/her)
Student Assistant
Lawren Walker is an English major from Houston, Texas. She currently serves as the Vice President 1 for NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and serves as the President for the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir. She is passionate about educating students in lower income areas, serving as a support system to help them be successful, and diversifying Texas A&M’s campus. At A&M, Lawren plans to further her education by receiving her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference in the lives of children by providing a strong support system through culturally relevant mentoring, encouragement, and engagement, and co-constructing with them the solid foundation that would propel them from adolescence into adulthood with the keys to success.

 
 

ODLC Former Members

 
  • Yusra Aziz '20
  • Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Vice President & Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, Northwestern University
  • Deyanira Ely
  • ​Morgan Gimblet ‘20
  • Oluwabukola 'Bukky' Makinde ‘19
  • Anthony Ramirez '22
  • Winston Savoy ‘18


Literature

  • Kuh, G.D., O'Donnell, K., & Schneider, C.G. (2017). HIPs at ten. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 49:5, 8-16, https://doi.org/10.1080/00091383.2017.1366805  

  • McClellan, G.S., Creager, K., Savoca, M. (2018). A good job: Campus employment as a high impact practice. Sterling, VA: Stylus.


Presentations and Publications

  • Aziz, Y., Carrillo, I., Dawson, M., & Reyes, J.M. (2020). Present, network, and reflect: G-double-O-D J-O-B. Presentation to the High Impact Practices (HIPs) In the States Conference. College Station, TX.
  • Aziz, Y., Francis, R., Gimblet, M., & Reyes, J.M. (2019). Integrating dialogue into seminars: Staying to talk instead of leaving angry and confused. Poster presentation at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE). Portland, OR.
  • Francis, R., Ramirez, A., Salge, D., & Walker, L. (2021). Building today's leaders: Student employment as a high impact practice in the Office for Diversity Learning Community. Presentation at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE).