Letter to the Campus Community
I write to announce that I will be joining Northwestern University as Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and as the inaugural Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor of Communication in the new year.
My time here as Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity has been absolutely glorious! I am so proud of the real and meaningful impact the Office for Diversity has had on our campus community. While there are far too many achievements to detail here, I am particularly proud of several major change-centered initiatives that the office initiated.
In 2018, we launched the ACES Fellows Program, a faculty-pipeline program that hires faculty whose teaching, research, and leadership align with our university’s diversity goals. 2019 saw the Office for Diversity implement its plan for increased visible functionality regarding Texas A&M’s work toward improved diversity, equity, and inclusion. Toward that end, we launched the public event, “Diversity Gallery,” to showcase Texas A&M’s hard work and progress.
On behalf of Texas A&M, we applied for and won the HEED Award two years in a row—2019 and 2020. In addition, given the strength of our HEED Award application, we earned the Diversity Champion Award for 2019 and 2020.
These achievements were absolutely a team effort, and I offer my deepest gratitude to past and present members of the Office for Diversity: Dr. Jennifer Reyes, Deyanira Ely, Dr. Gabriela Zapata, Dr. Carlos Bolaños-Guzmán, Crystal Carter, Dr. Jyotsna Vaid, and the Office for Diversity Learning Community—Darby, Oluwabukola “Bukky,” Winston, Yusra, Redeem, Morgan, and Lawren.
As you know, the Office for Diversity team is a close-knit one, marked by their expertise, creativity, and professionalism, as well as a real desire to make the lives of all those in Aggieland better. I ask that you please continue to offer your unwavering support to the Office for Diversity as they ready themselves for this next phase of excellence in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman
Crystal S. Carter