Redeem Francis Darby Salge
The Student Diversity Advisory Council (SDAC) is a Texas A&M University standing university-wide organization that serves as a student advisory body to the Office for Diversity. The SDAC gathers students from colleges across the university to assist with the implementation of diversity, campus climate, equity, and accountability policies and practices.
We interviewed Darby Salge, SDAC chief student leader, and Redeem Francis, SDAC treasurer, about the Student Diversity Advisory Council inaugural meeting and future plans.
The Student Diversity Advisory Council (SDAC) is a university-wide organization that serves as a student advisory board to the Office for Diversity. The SDAC serves as a liaison between campus communities and university administration in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices. The SDAC had its inaugural meeting on April 19, 2022 and meets monthly. The Council is looking forward to meeting for the third time at the end of June. During the May meeting, Lawren Walker, a student assistant in the Office for Diversity, spoke with the group. Her presentation was titled “Invisible Labor and Emotional Labor of TAMU Faculty During the Covid-19 Pandemic: Student Perspectives”. Originally presented at the Race, Identity, & Social Equity (RISE) Conference in 2021, Lawren highlighted challenges faced and the resources utilized by students in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the conclusion of the presentation, the group shared their own experiences navigating student life during the pandemic. Members shared accessibility tools and resources that were helpful to them as well as voiced concern about accommodations needed for students that are impacted by Long Covid. Key points from the discussion are to be shared with the Office for Diversity administration. The SDAC also shared ideas to help increase visibility of the Office for Diversity among the student body.
The SDAC consists of 17 undergraduate students, 8 graduate students, and 2 professional students. These students come from colleges, including: Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Bush School, Education and Human Development, Engineering, School of Law, Liberal Arts, Mays Business, Pharmacy, Science, TAMU Galveston, and Veterinary Medicine.
What are any future plans for SDAC?
The SDAC hopes to work closely with the Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) to assist with the creation and implementation of diversity, inclusion, accessibility, campus climate, equity, and accountability policies and practices at all member campuses. SDAC members are also planning to engage in diversity-related trainings throughout the year.
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