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Annika Roberts '22 February 6, 2023 10:36 AM updated: February 8, 2023 11:10 AM
Aggie Conversations at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 7, will feature Texas state Rep. Venton Jones '06. Jones represents Texans in House District 100, in Dallas. Jones is also the founder and CEO of nonprofit The Southern Black Policy and Advocacy Network, which focuses on improving healthcare policy outcomes for Black Americans in the southern U.S.
Register in advance for the weekly Lunch Edition:
Aggie Conversations is a series of weekly online panel discussions for Aggies, with the goal of increasing understanding. The program, now in its third year, typically takes place each Tuesday at noon.
Ken Robinson ’93 of Grand Prairie, Texas, conceived the event, and he or Rodney Pennywell ’86 serves as host for each event. Robinson said the discussions are primarily intended for non-Black Aggies who are "seeking to understand the Black experience in America and Texas A&M."
Each episode of Aggie Conversations is recorded, and the recordings are made available for on-demand viewing. Visit tx.ag/ConversationsArchive for links to recordings of all previous Conversations.
Robinson is a 1994 graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He is the founder and CEO of CIS-Computer Innovation Services Inc., a software solutions and consulting organization that is a past Aggie 100 honoree. He is highly involved as an A&M former student, serving as a current board member of The Association of Former Students and as one of the founders of the Black Former Student Network, a chartered constituent network of The Association. He is a past board member of the Greek Former Student Network and has also served as a member of the Texas A&M University Aggie Spirit Development Council and the Texas A&M Department of Computer Science Strategic Development Committee in the College of Engineering. He and his wife, Ann-Marie, have six children.
Below is more information on the series as provided by Robinson:
No judging. No critique. Ask tough questions. Get sincere and real answers from a fellow Aggie.
Black and White Aggie Guest Speakers
Remember: Do not seek to make a POINT; seek to UNDERSTAND.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Both editions are recurring meetings for every Tuesday.
You are not required to attend all the meetings and registration (for each edition) will only be required once.
*Important* - Rules of Engagement:
1. Forum to talk openly about race and the Black Experience in America and Texas A&M
2. For all Aggies (only); former and current students (max 100 participants)
3. Questions submitted before the call. Send to email@example.com
4. Two or three questions will be discussed each time.
a. The forum is for all Aggies.
b. Any question related to the Black experience historically or today can be asked.
c. The questions can be seeking to understand various scenarios, statements, opinions, etc.
d. For the first hour, all participants will be on mute, except for the moderator and guest speaker. Chat will be available. In the second hour, ALL participants will be unmuted and encouraged to comment and participate in the discussions.
e. Participants must enable video for the call.
f. The moderator and/or host will have the ability to mute anyone who is not abiding by the guidelines or who is trying to make a point, versus seeking to understand.
g. The meeting will be recorded and available for publishing on any Texas A&M affiliate website or social media outlet.
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