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University Councils & Committees

Council for the Built Environment
President's Council on Climate & Diversity
Diversity Operations Committee
To provide counsel to the President and the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academics on all ways of attracting and retaining culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff to Texas A&M University and to strengthen, sustain, and promote our diversity efforts in support of Vision 2020 goals. In addition, the Council will assist the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity in planning appropriate assessment and evaluation of all university units regarding  diversity-related endeavors.

  • Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean, college of agriculture and life sciences (chair)
  • Amine Benzerga, representative, Muslim faculty network
  • Bobby Bisor, chair-elect, chamber of commerce
  • Alsie Bond, director of community development, City of Bryan, community representative
  • Mary Broussard, representative, Brazos County NAACP, community representative
  • Meghan De Amaral, student, appointed by the associate provost for undergraduate studies
  • Llewellyn Derry, vice president, black former student network
  • Chris Kaunas, secretary, women administrators network
  • Rudy Gomez, board member, The Association of Former Students
  • Kisha Lee, co-chair, African American professionals network
  • Blanca Lupiani, interim dean of faculties
  • Kate Miller, convener, council of deans
  • Ingrid Miranda, student, appointed by the vice president for student affairs
  • Aubrey Nettles, special projects coordinator, city of College Station
  • Frank Ortega, student, appointed by the associate provost for graduate and professional studies
  • Lindsay Porter, quality of life chair, graduate student council
  • Janelle Ramirez, interim associate vice president for human resources & administrative services, Division of Finance
  • Daniel Pugh, vice president for student affairs
  • Nancy Simpson, representative, Christian faculty network
  • Perfecto Solis, president, Texas A&M University Hispanic Network
  • Reynaldo Spinelli, chair, International Advisory Board
  • Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, chair, Department Heads Council
  • Bob Strawser, speaker, faculty senate
  • Molly Underwood, chair, women former students’ network
  • Renee Weidemann, member-at-large, university staff council
  • Landon Woods, diversity commissioner, student government association
The President's Announcement (1/13/10)
The President's Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Globalization Final Report (7/30/2002)
The MSC Bookstore Advisory Committee will regularly review operations, initiatives and service enhancements of the MSC Bookstore and our operating partner, Barnes & Noble. The Committee will provide council and communication with bookstore management on behalf of the university at large, with particular emphasis on concerns of faculty, staff and students. The Committee will encourage campus wide awareness of the MSC Bookstore and its services.

As appropriate, the committee will provide recommendation to the Provost & Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance and other key university administrators regarding processes, programs and impacts of the MSC Bookstore to the mission of Texas A&M University.

Standing Members
  • Chad Wootton, associate vice president for external relations, Division of Academic Affairs representative (chair)
  • Jason Brooks, MSC Bookstore Management
  • Pierce Cantrell, vice president and associate provost for information technology, Division of Information Technology representative
  • Jeanne Harrell, associate professor of library science, University Libraries representative
  • Shane Hinckley, assistant vice president, Division of Marketing and Communications representative
  • Jennifer Martin, marketing manager, Athletic Department representative
  • Tom Reber, associate vice president , Division of Student Affairs representative
  • Holley Scott, MSC Bookstore management representative
Two-year term appointments
  • Peter Drysdale, director of undergraduate programs, Mays Business School; Academic Operations Committee representative
  • Ann Kenimer, associate dean of faculties, Dean of Faculties representative
  • Mark Zoran, associate dean, College of Science; Graduate Operations Committee representative
One-year term appointments
  • Amber Adams, Graduate Student Council representative
  • Stephen Barnes, Student Government Association representative
  • Bekah Gold, chief of staff, Student Government Association, Student Government Association representative
  • Kymberley Reynolds, Graduate Student Council representative
  • Bob Strawser, former speaker of the Faculty Senate; Faculty Senate representative
  • Elizabeth Tebeaux, caucus leader, College of Liberal Arts; Faculty Senate representative
Ex Officio
  • Dean Endler, executive director, Department of Contract Administration representative

Academic Affairs Climate & Diversity Committee

The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee (AACDC) has responsibility for division-wide diversity and climate initiatives in the Division of Academic Affairs. AACDC is composed of a steering committee and several standing and short term subcommittees. The steering committee consists of members that have been appointed by the academic affairs leadership team. For more information about the roles and terms of service of this group, see the membership guidelines. Together, these dedicated volunteers are working on a variety of projects to implement the University’s Diversity Plan within the division. If you would like to become part of the effort, watch for notices about subcommittees forming or contact any AACDC Steering Committee member.

The committee is currently co-chaired by Dr. Suzanne Droleskey and Dr. Arthur Watson. The committee’s liaison to the Office of the Provost is Mr. Joe Pettibon, vice president for enrollment and academic services.

Reporting Division: Provost and Executive Vice President

Charge: The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee (AACDC) is charged with implementing the Diversity Plan in the non-college units in the Division of Academic Affairs. Members are appointed by the academic affairs leadership team. Its members are charged with the following responsibilities:
  1. Fulfill goals of the University Diversity Plan, including completing division-level climate assessments, gathering benchmarking data, and proactively addressing the priorities established by the Provost.
  2. Research best practices and strategies for continuous improvement in recruitment, hiring, selection, retention, and promotion of groups identified in the University Diversity Plan.
  3. Identify and implement Division-wide initiatives and address issues related to climate and diversity.
  4. Serve as a liaison between the committee and their individual unit.
  5. Assist the Provost in preparing for the annual Campus-wide Accountability Meeting.
  6. Serve as a resource to non-academic units in the division in the pursuit of their diversity goals.
  7. Report to the Division-wide convener.

Overview of AACDC efforts

Steering Committee Roster

Climate Survey Subcommittee​

The purpose of this standing subcommittee is to create and implement the survey; draft the report and recommendations; assess previous report and best practices for possible changes in next iteration of the survey. This survey is required by the Texas A&M University Diversity Plan.

Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee

The purpose of this standing subcommittee is to explore issues within the division related to recruitment, hiring, selection, retention, and promotion for all staff, with special emphasis on those identified in the Diversity Plan.

Benchmarking Subcommittee

The purpose of this standing subcommittee is to create, administer, and obtain results from a peer benchmarking survey that collects EEO data from Vision 2020 peers and compares it with Texas A&M EEO data to comply with benchmarking required by the Texas A&M University Diversity Plan.

Mini-Grant Subcommittee

The purpose of this short-term subcommittee is to create guidelines for the staff-development mini-grant program, develop the application process, and implement the mini-grant program. Mini-grants are funded with one-time monies through an award to the Division of Academic Affairs for progress toward meeting Diversity Plan goals in FY 2014.

Idea Contest Subcommittee

This short-term subcommittee was created as part of the Climate Survey 2014 recommendations. These recommendations approved the establishment of a contest for the division to select for implementation at least one innovative program or idea to improve climate, efficiency, or effectiveness.



Projects & Reports

The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee (AACDC) was formed in late summer 2011 with its original charge to create the first annual Diversity Accountability Report. However, the scope of the steering committee has grown since then to encompass many other initiatives. If you have suggestions for projects that AACDC should consider or wish to participate in implementing efforts, please share your ideas or interest with any steering committee member.

The Division of Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Annual Accountability Reports
20182017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

Unit-level Climate and Diversity Reports

Climate Survey of the Division of Academic Affairs
The climate survey is conducted every three years per guidelines in the University's Diversity Plan. 

Climate Survey 2017

This climate survey focused on the impact of the climate and diversity training recommended in the 2014 Climate Survey

Fall 2014 Survey Report | 2014  Climate Survey Recommendations Tracking Sheet
Spring 2012 Survey Report | 2012 Climate Survey Follow Ups |Focus Group 1 recommendations | Focus Group 2 recommendations  | Focus Group 3 recommendations

Equity Plan
An Equity Plan has been adopted for the division by the division leadership based on feedback from the 2012 division climate survey, focus groups and supervisors, and research on equity issues.
Equity Matrix and Status of Plan
Fall 2015 Report
Spring 2014 Supervisor Survey
Fall 2013 Hiring Process Review

Other Reports

2019 Minutes
Mini-Grant Program

The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee's Mini-Grant Subcommittee was formed to create guidelines for and to award one-time funding for mini-grants for division staff member diversity development.  This one-time funding was awarded to the Division of Academic Affairs in FY 2014 to recognize the progress made in advancing division diversity initiatives.  Below are the call for proposals, the evaluation rubric that will be used to make awards, and links to the two types of online mini-grant applications.

Call for Proposals
Evaluation Rubric 
Mini-Grant Application

Supervisor Meetings
Held every two years, the supervisor meetings allow for thoughtful dialogue among supervisors about key climate and diversity findings, implementation strategies, and needs.

SUPERvisor 2016

Leadership Growing Program 2014

Supervisor Training
A climate survey recommendation requested creating training opportunities for supervisors. The first effort, mediation training, was provided in November 2016 and the assessment of that training is available here.


Idea Contest

The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee's Idea Contest Subcommittee was formed to create guidelines for and award one-time funding related to ideas that could benefit Texas A&M staff to promote climate, efficiency and/or effectiveness in our workgroups, offices, departments within the groups for whom AACDC is responsible or event Texas A&M as a whole. This was developed as a result of a climate survey recommendation from the division level climate survey. Winning ideas may be funded in part or completely by AACDC. Groups or individuals submitting the winning ideas will be recognized with monetary awards and recognition at the Tradition of Excellence Awards. For more details and contest guidelines, see the links below for the Call for Proposals, Rubric and a flier you can share with others.  Questions should be directed to

Idea Contest Call for Proposals
Idea Contest Flyer
Idea Contest Round 1 Evaluation Rubric
Idea Contest Winners