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Campus Voices


Letters to the Campus Community from the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity

Office for Diversity Newsletters

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.

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

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Research and Scholarship

The research and scholarship featured on the Office for Diversity website advances diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity from former and current students, faculty, staff of the Texas A&M community.

Bazner, K.J., Vaid, J. & Stanley, C.A. (2020). Who is meritorious? Gendered and racialized discourse in named award descriptions in professional societies of higher education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2020.1735559

Carter-Sowell, A.R, Vaid, J., Stanley, C.A., Petitt, B., & Battle, J.S. (2019). ADVANCE scholar program: Enhancing minoritized scholars’ professional visibility. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, (38) 3, 305-327. DOI 10.1108/EDI-03-2018-0059

Chun, E.B. & Feagin, J.R. (2020). Rethinking diversity frameworks in higher education. New York: Routledge.

Means Coleman, R.R. & Lawrence, N. (2019). FIX IT BLACK JESUS: The Iconography of Christ in Good Times. Religions10(7), 410. MDPI AG. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/rel10070410

Owusu, P. (2020). Spectres from the past: Slavery and the politics of history in West African and African-American literature. New York: Routledge.

Santana, E. (2020). Is white always right? Skin color and interdating among whites. Race Soc Probl. DOI: 10.1007/s12552-020-09285-1

Singer, J.N. (2019). Race, sports, and education: Improving opportunities and outcomes for black male college athletes. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Stanley, C.A., Watson, K.L., Reyes, J.M., & Varela, K.S. (2019). Organizational change and the chief diversity officer: A case study of institutionalizing a diversity plan. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education12(3), 255-265.

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January 14

Regardless of your political affiliation, the recent events have likely brought on intense feelings. Demonstrate our Core Values by working together to embrace inclusion and reject hate. View resources for managing socio-political stress on our website. https://bit.ly/39ys5rZ

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YEAR 2020

October 17

This week, we hosted our first virtual Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series. Thank you to Dr. Valerie Hill-Jackson, Dr. Beverly Irby, and Billy Pugliese for presenting on Mentoring Up: A University-Community Based Mentoring Program. Thank you to all the attendees!
https://twitter.com/AggieDiversity/status/1317558502311759875

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August 20
Congratulations to Dr. Maria C. Escobar-Lemmon and Dr. Mario S. Torres, Jr. for their selection in the second cohort of Leadership Academy/ La Academia de Liderazgo.
https://twitter.com/AggieDiversity/status/1296525721695924229


Congratulations to our Diversity Operations Committee member on your new role!
https://twitter.com/AggieDiversity/status/1291531448172847104


Dr. Albert Broussard, TAMU Liberal Arts Professor, and longtime history textbook writer is planning to capitalize the b in Black in a lengthy revision to a history textbook used in American middle and high schools.
https://twitter.com/AggieDiversity/status/1288269562639777792


I can't sleep (Breonna Taylor). I can't jog (Ahmaud Arbery). I can't breathe (George Floyd).
I hate that I am writing yet again about racism - a pain and trauma that seems to be so unceasing in our country. Systemic racism continues to deprive us of our very lives. The current national unrest reveals that we are all so very tired of it. I hope that we can supplant sentiments of 'thoughts and prayers’ with tangible policy changes and action. My thoughts center on an increasingly diverse TAMU faculty, staff, and student body. My prayers are for a campus community that leads with respect and belonging. The change I would like to see is for us to be national leaders in inclusion, anti-racism, and belonging. I hope that we are ready to meet these challenges. - Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity #StrongerTogether

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May 29
I can't jog. - Ahmaud Arbery. I can't sleep. -Breonna Taylor. I can't breathe. -George Floyd.

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Viruses don't discriminate and neither do Aggies. We hope that you will work to intervene on discriminatory behaviors, online comments, and acts on social media. Find more resources on our website at https://bit.ly/2XuBLxK #StrongerTogether

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