Dedication To Diversity Makes A Difference at Texas A&MMICHAEL K. YOUNG
February 11, 2019
This month, I was pleased to attend a day of presentations by college deans and unit leaders from across campus which centered on inclusion, diversity, equity and accountability.
These leaders addressed Provost Carol Fierke, Vice President for Diversity Robin Means Coleman and me, along with members of the President's Council on Climate and Diversity (PCCD) – a group comprised of campus and community leaders, as well as faculty, staff and students. This group advises the Provost and myself on ways to support and strengthen our work in these key areas.
I wish to thank Dr. Jorge A. Vanegas, dean of the College of Architecture and chair of the PCCD, VP Coleman and all those involved for their dedication to maintaining this critical dialogue.
These efforts are in support of Texas A&M's Diversity Plan and are crucial in creating the type of educational environment in which all of our campus members can thrive.
We are strongest as an institution when everyone is empowered and motivated to follow their passions and achieve their goals. It is heartening to see the sheer number of campus members, programs, initiatives, events and more thrive, all dedicated to promoting the idea that our best work is done when diverse talents and perspectives are valued.
We have made many strides in these areas, but always have more work to do. I encourage every campus member to make it a priority to learn more about diversity and inclusion efforts on campus, find opportunities to make a difference, and step out of your comfort zone to learn about and appreciate the experiences, struggles and triumphs of people who are different than you.
February is Black History Month, so I encourage you to explore any of the wonderful events on campus and in the community and join together to appreciate the many contributions of African-Americans today and throughout history.
Thanks and Gig 'Em!
Michael K. Young