COLLEGE STATION, TX — On Jan 25., the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents adopted to include nearly $25 million to help address diversity issues; these initiatives, shall be used towards scholarships, with a greater emphasis on recruiting minority students and faculty.
Texas A&M’s interim president, John L. Junkins, presented his recommendations on Mon., after John E. Hurtado and Jimmy Williams, co-chairs of the Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, informed the Regents on the commission’s report, “Stronger Together.”
In July of 2020, then-President, Michael K. Young, named a 45-member commission that included current and former students, faculty and staff, as well as two Regents and a university president.
“The data and discussions of the commission show that Texas A&M has reached an inflection point, and it is time for Aggies to do what Aggies do best: lead and serve,” according to the Commission’s Executive Summary.
“Our work as a commission revealed that there remains within the Aggie community a strong desire to show bold leadership in support of diversity, equity and inclusion; to commit to improving our campus climate; to trust one another; to have difficult conversations; and to ensure that ALL Aggies are welcome and respected at the school we think so grand.” he added.
In a statement, the Board said the Commission’s report underlines a “need for us to continue applying energy and focus on making sure all Aggies share in the extraordinary bond that makes us special and our university unique.”
To that end, the Board statement said, “We will not tolerate disrespect of any Aggie by any member of our family, nor will we tolerate the disrespect of Aggie traditions that bind us together.”
Junkins’ recommendations, which the Regents unanimously approved, would expand the minority student pipeline, placing a greater emphasis on recruitment, as well as expanding several scholarship programs.
“What we do best at Texas A&M is to take ordinary kids and turn them into extraordinary citizens,” said Chancellor John Sharp.
“The biggest favor Texas A&M can do for Texas is to be sure there is at least one Aggie ring in every Texas family. That is what this effort is all about.” he added.
To read the Board of Regents’ full statement, click here.