Councils & Committees

University Advisory Boards

International Advisory Board

University Councils & Committees

Council for the Built Environment
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.

Last Updated June 2012

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.


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
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.

Fall 2014 Survey Report | Status of recommendations
Spring 2012 Survey Report | Status of recommendations |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
Fall 2015 Report
Spring 2014 Supervisor Survey
Fall 2013 Hiring Process Review
Status of Recommendations

Other Reports

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 
Group/Event Program mini-grant application
Individual 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.



The Academic Affairs Climate and Diversity Committee 
and the Office for Diversity invite you to attend the

Diversity Speaker Series

NCORE attracts over 3,000 participants nationally each year who discuss the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion and other diverse issues on campuses. This speaker series highlights some of the many efforts taking place at Texas A&M as part of our Diversity Plan.

This is a brown bag series, so bring your lunch for sessions during the day. Refreshments will be provided at all seven sessions.

All sessions will be LIVESTREAMED.


9/5/17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Rudder 410

Community Engagement through Design: Collaboration with the Brazos Valley African American Museum

Edelmiro Escamilla, PhD, Instructional Assistant Professor
Construction Science, Texas A&M University

Cecilia Giusti, PhD, Associate Dean for Outreach and Diversity, Associate Professor
Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

Weiling He, PhD, Associate Professor
Architecture, Texas A&M University

Bara Safarova, PhD Student
Architecture, Texas A&M University

Carlo Chunga, Undergraduate Student
Urban Planning, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University

This session will describe the Community Engagement through Design program, a curriculum-based collaboration between the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University and the Brazos Valley African American Museum (BVAAM). The program started in 2012 and to date it has involved more than 400 students, faculty, and community members. The priority of the program is to establish and maintain engagement with the local African American community (which, as many others in the U.S., is not actively engaged in our campus) and A&M students through socially responsible design and participatory planning and engagement activities. The program is based on working with faculty members to incorporate projects within their class syllabi to serve the BVAAM and wider community. This session will benefit administrators, faculty members, and city stakeholders at or near Predominantly White Higher Education Institutions, specifically colleges and schools of architecture and planning, who are seeking to establish a low-budget, mutually beneficial collaboration between historically marginalized population and higher education institutions. The session will offer step-by-step description of the process undertaken, including successes, failures, formal and informal strategies, institutional support, and budget.


9/20/17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | MSC 2404

You See Me, I See Me: African American Males and Self-Concept After Participation in a Leadership Development Course

Tammie Preston-Cunningham, PhD, Assistant Lecturer
Dept. of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications, Texas A&M University

Chanda Elbert, PhD, Associate Professor
Dept. of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communications, Texas A&M University

This session will discuss results of the lived experiences of African American males who participated in an interwoven academic course and leadership development program which focused on the intersectionality of socially constructed identities and leadership theory at a predominately White research institution in Texas. This session will offer a model for development of a college-level course which exemplifies faculty-to-student interaction as well as uncovers silenced and unique partners committed to the development of self-concept for African American males at predominately White Institutions. The Distinguished Gentlemen's Club course was developed through a partnership with National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternity members and the Department of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication at Texas A&M University. The Distinguished Gentlemen's Club (DGC) interwoven academic course and leadership development program, established in 2007, was designed to influence persistence and matriculation, establish support systems, and incorporate social constructed identities in development of leader capacity for African American males. The DGC program has graduated more than 88 percent of the men who participated within five years and exceeded the university's African American graduation rate of 20 percent. This session will benefit student affairs professionals, faculty interested in research concerning socially constructed identities and leadership, and student leaders.


9/28/17 | 12 - 1:30 p.m. | MSC 2404

What Do International Students Need? The Roles of Job Resources for International Students on Cross-cultural Adjustment, Engagement, Organizational Citizenship Behavior, and Psychological Well-being in the Context of an U.S. Higher Educational Institution 

Jia Wang, PhD, Associate Professor
Dept. of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University

Huyen Thi Minh Van, MA, PhD student
Dept. of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University

Jin Lee, MA, PhD student
Dept. of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, Texas A&M Universit

Chih-Wei Wang, MA, PhD student
Dept. of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development, Texas A&M University

Dr. Dae Seok Chia, Western Michigan University

As a sizable, yet largely invisible population in U.S. postsecondary institutions, international students have experienced great difficulty in integrating both academically and socially. This session aims to investigate the relationships between multilevel job resources and organizational citizenship behavior and psychological well-being of these marginalized international students in the U.S. higher education contextual institution. It also examines the mediating effects of cross-cultural adjustment and engagement on the relationships. Furthermore, the influence of international students' cultures on the relationships will be explored. With a solid understanding of unique needs of international students, university administrators, staff, and faculty will be better positioned to make evidence-based decisions that facilitate their academic achievement and social integration in the U.S. Ensuring international students' success in the U.S. will accelerate the university's progress toward creating an inclusive environment for all marginalized populations.


10/5/17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | MSC 2404

New Student Conferences en Español

Christopher Cherry, PhD, Assistant Dean
College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University

Libby Daggers, MS, Associate Coordinator
New Student and Family Programs, Texas A&M University

Meredith Malnar, MS, Assistant Director
Offices of the Dean of Student Life, Texas A&M University

New Student Conferences en Español is a program designed to enhance the experience of Spanish speaking family members of incoming college students during their mandatory orientation. The program seeks to meet the needs of Spanish speaking family members who currently attend the conferences while also welcoming new families who may perceive their limited English skills as a barrier to participation. This session will provide an overview of the NSCs en Español program and discuss strategies for implementing a similar program for family members at other institutions. This session will benefit participants who are interested in the success of Spanish-speaking students, institutions interested in providing inclusive, culturally-sensitive services to incoming students, and student affairs professionals who provide direct services to diverse populations of students and their families.


10/10/17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Rudder 410

No Excuses: The Process for Operationalizing Climate and Inclusion within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University

Dr. Corliss Outley, Associate Department Head
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Sciences Department, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Texas A&M University

Julie Wilson, BA, Program Manager
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Texas A&M University

Nancy T. Watson, PhD, LPC, FAPA, TMCA Distinguished Mediator, President
The Center for Change and Conflict Resolution - Bryan, Texas

Jelisa FIelds, Student
Dept. of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications, Texas A&M University

Landon Woods, Student
Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University

From agriculture and environmental science to biomedical science and social science, full professor to staff member, Caucasian to African American, man to woman, and 60-year-old to 20-year-old, there are many opportunities for different perspectives within the traditionally-minded College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. This session will discuss the process that administration within the College took to operationalize workplace climate and inclusion discussions and activities for its 14 departments on an annual basis. As the largest college of agriculture in the United States, housed at a majority institution of higher education, it would have been easy to continue at a status quo, but the administration chose to adopt a "no excuses" attitude. The presenters will provide details on watershed moments that helped to crystallize the steps taken on this journey, along with details about the specific steps themselves. Additionally, they will discuss preliminary gains and what they hope to see in the midterm and longer range. Finally, they will explain the assessment tools that were put in place to evidence and benchmark these goals. This session will allow participants to discuss and explore how these ideas could be replicated.


10/16/17 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | MSC 2406A 

The White Racial Frame: More than Racial Prejudice

Joe Feagin, PhD, Distinguished Professor
Dept. of Sociology, Texas A&M University

In this session, Joe Feagin will examine the weaknesses of the conventional tools for analysis of white racism and for assisting anti-racist action, such as the concepts of prejudice, bias, animus, and intolerance. This will be followed by a detailed explanation of the meaning and utility of the concept of the white racial frame for research and analysis of white racism, including how this concept has aided specific research projects and how it has been used by anti-racist community action groups. Ample time will then be provided for audience questions and interactive discussion. The presentation is designed for a broad audience of all those interested in going beyond conventional tools for understanding, researching, and dismantling white racism.


10/26/17 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Rudder 410 | LIVESTREAM

"We're change agents": Understanding the Need for Peer to Peer Diversity Education at a Predominately White Institution

Tonya Driver, PhD, Director of Multicultural Services
Dept. of Multicultural Services, Texas A&M University

Dear Aunaetitrakul, MS, Diversity Education Specialist
Dept. of Multicultural Services, Texas A&M University

The presenters will discuss the reinvigoration of the Aggies to Aggies (A2A) peer diversity education program, provide historical context and impact of the workshops on campus. The presenters will provide historical context and analyze the impact of A2A five standard diversity workshops on campus climate and inclusion. During the session, presenters and participants will engage in a conversation on challenges of peer diversity education at predominately white institutions and identify best strategies on how to empower peer diversity educators in facilitating difficult dialogues in the post-Obama presidency era. 

Register to attend