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Regents Announce Action On Diversity Report

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 January 25, 2021 3:52 PM updated: January 25, 2021 6:53 PM

The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Jan. 25 announced actions in response to the report presented by A&M’s Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, a 45-member group appointed in July by university President Michael K. Young to evaluate factors at Texas A&M. 

The commission’s report is available online here; the System’s statement is here, with descriptions of actions and investments; and a message from A&M's interim president, John L. Junkins, is here. A statement from The Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Foundation can be found below.

Actions announced by the Board of Regents:

  • Expand the student pipeline (Fall 2021 and Fall 2022): $1.5 million
  • Increase the Regents’ Scholars Program by 93 students per year for four years: $7.8 million
  • Increase National Recognition Scholarships by 89 students per year for four years: $7.5 million
  • Pathways-to-Doctorate Fellowships for 10 students per year for four years: $1.6 million
  • Grow the ACES (Accountability, Climate, Equity and Scholarship Fellows) Faculty Program by nine faculty per year for four years: $5.25 million
  • Recognize more outstanding Aggies leading by example: $100,000
  • Establish an action-oriented task force to accurately and fully tell the story of Texas A&M’s history through displays and iconography: $1 million
  • Document and communicate the success of our many former students of color.

“If there are students, faculty, staff and former students who believe we fail to include them in the Aggie family, we are not yet what we aspire to be,” the Board of Regents said in its statement.

The Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Foundation provided the following joint statement:

  • Porter S. Garner III ’79, President and CEO, The Association of Former Students
  • Pat Beaird ’83, Chair of the Board, The Association of Former Students
  • Tyson Voelkel ’96, President, Texas A&M Foundation
  • Kathleen Gibson ’81, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Texas A&M Foundation

The Aggie Spirit is unique to Texas A&M University and compels us to show respect to all within our Aggie Network. Our unique and unrivaled spirit also drives us to lead by example, as demonstrated by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and Texas A&M leadership in taking steps to ensure all Aggies fully experience the promise of the Aggie Spirit.
The Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Foundation support and endorse the actions today of our university governance and leadership in nurturing a greater sense of belonging for all at Texas A&M and in preserving the unique core values, spirit and traditions that are cherished by all Aggies. 
We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we.

The Association of Former Students is the oldest organization serving Texas A&M University in support of the ever-growing Aggie Network. We are HERE for Aggies during their days as students and former students, THERE for Aggies as they make their way around the world and EVERYWHERE the Aggie Network needs us to be. To help us help more Aggies, visit tx.ag/Give.



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