The Texas A&M Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was formed in late July 2020. We are listening with empathy and letting people explain their experiences to drive options and ideas for the future. While these are not easy issues to address, we must push to create a more equitable society, starting here at Texas A&M. Our Commission members strive to serve as ambassadors for all and welcome your feedback and input.
In early meetings with President Young and Provost Fierke, the Commission was challenged to look for areas or issues that A&M might not be considering or missing. The goal is to have a campus climate that provides optimal educational opportunities for all.
The Commission is addressing these wide ranging issues by dividing our 45 members into four sub-committees based on each of our charge areas:
- Data & Policies
- Mission & Values
- Community Engagement
- Campus Climate & Culture
Each subcommittee is meeting either weekly or biweekly to address critical issues and problems, hear from experts, investigate current data and trends and have discussions about A&M’s mission and values.
Recent commission activities include:
Review of Student Demographic Trends
5 year student enrollment trends: https://accountability.tamu.edu/All-Metrics/Mixed-Metrics/Student-Demographics
- Drop in African-American enrollment
- Increase in Hispanic enrollment
Briefing from Dr. Robin Means Coleman, Texas A&M Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity
- Overview of benchmarking data on faculty, staff and student enrollments and other data compared to other key university peers (AAU, SEC, etc).
- TAMU diversity plan focuses on accountability, campus climate and equity
- TAMU is nearing the designation requirements to become a Hispanic Serving Institution
- TAMU student success measured by overall graduation rates is less than our peer institutions across almost all categories (male/female/ethnicity)
- TAMU graduation rate for African American students is 10-20% lower than our peer universities
- Find more information at https://diversity.tamu.edu/Data
Meeting with Ross Bjork, Texas A&M Athletics Director & Kristin Brown, Deputy Athletics Director, Student-Athlete Experience/SWA/Chief Diversity Officer
- Athletics is a visible part of the university and as part of campus, should address important issues
- Working together with student athletes, coaches and staff, athletics developed the Aggie Commitment program featuring the following focus areas:
- Hiring, Retention and Representation
- Celebrating Black History and Excellence
- Student Athlete-Experience
- Continuing Education
- Learn more at https://12thman.com/news/2020/8/25/the-aggie-commitment.aspx