Climate & Diversity


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)
  • Michael Benedik, dean of faculties and associate provost
  • Lisa Blum, chair, University Staff Council
  • Alsie Bond, director of community development, City of Bryan, community representative
  • Mary Broussard, executive director, Office of Undergraduate Studies; Brazos County NAACP representative
  • Bonnie Bustos-Rios, chair, Professional Hispanic Network
  • Nandita Chaudhuri, research scientist, Faculty and Staff Committed to an Inclusive Campus Network
  • Sherwin Chiu, undergraduate student, president, Asian Presidents’ Council
  • Rudy Gomez, board member, The Association of Former Students
  • Herbert Goodman, chair, International Board Executive Committee
  • Daniel Hernandez, vice chair, Texas A&M University Hispanic Network
  • Wendy Jepson, chair, Faculty Senate Diversity Committee
  • Jeannie McGuire, founder & president, Project Unity; community representative
  • Pablo Marvin, Outstanding International Alumnus/Distinguished Alumnus
  • Kathy Merrill, assistant city manager, City of College Station; community representative
  • LaRhesa Moon, chair, Women Former Students’ Network
  • Kerry Omughelli, undergraduate student, past chair, Southwestern Black Student Leadership
  • Doug Palmer, convener, Council of Deans
  • Alyssa Perez, vice president for diversity, Student Government Association
  • Janelle Ramirez, interim associate vice president for human resources & administrative services, Division of Finance
  • Ken Robinson, chair, Black Former Student Network
  • Simon Sheather, chair, Department Heads Council
  • Ju Tu, co-chair, Multicultural and Diversity Committee, Graduate Student Council
  • Jyotsna Vaid, professor, International Faculty and Scholars Network
  • Kay Varela, president, Hispanic/Latino Graduate Student Association
  • Radhika Viruru, clinical professor, Friends of India Network
  • Joseph F. Weber, vice president for student affairs


Loftin Announcement—January 13, 2010

The President's Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Globalization Final Report (7/30/2002)