A culture of excellence requires diverse perspectives and collaboration as well as input, participation and support from many different sources and viewpoints.

Just as the College of Science represents the scientific backbone of Texas A&M University, diversity and its promotion have long served as the unspoken underpinning of our core missions of teaching, research and service.

As a college, we pledge to welcome and support individuals from all backgrounds, respecting and reflecting differences in discipline, national origin, race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion and beliefs.

Learn more about diversity related resources in the College of Science.

We understand diverse perspectives, collaboration, input, participation and support create a culture of excellence

We believe diversity is the unspoken underpinning of our teaching, research and service missions

We welcome and support individuals from all backgrounds

Our Commitment

Regents Scholars

First-generation students in the College of Science affiliated with the campus-wide Regents Scholar Program receive the added benefit of dedicated small-group advising and other supplemental resources patterned off of those featured in our highly successful Science Leadership Scholars Program.

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LSAMP Program

Each year the College of Science supports multiple underrepresented minority students through Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) scholarships intended to encourage undergraduate research and eventual pursuit of graduate degrees.

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ADVANCE Science Scholars

This two-year program pairs early career female faculty in the College of Science with internal advocates and external mentors in order to help them successfully navigate work-life balance and also develop a robust network of renowned scholars from across Texas A&M and the nation.

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Science Leadership Scholars

In fall 2016, Texas A&M Science welcomed 23 incoming freshmen as the inaugural cohort in the Science Leadership Scholars (SLS) Program, an elite learning community now more than 70 students strong that is designed to financially and academically support high-performing science majors who are first-generation in college and come from low-income households. Our goal with SLS is simple — increase retention and graduation of these selected students through early intervention.

Advocates

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ADVANCE strives to create a psychologically healthy workplace where all faculty can thrive and succeed.  ADVANCE weaves the values of diversity, inclusion, and respect into the culture of the institution by providing education, support and outreach for all faculty through various programs and resources.

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Allies are staff, faculty, and students who display an Ally placard outside their office or residence hall room. This sign identifies them as individuals willing to provide a safe haven, a listening ear, and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people or anyone dealing with sexual orientation issues.

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The Faculty Ombuds Officer serves as an independent, confidential, and impartial resource for faculty. The primary responsibility of the ombuds officer is to raise and clarify issues and concerns, identify opinions, and request assistance to informally resolve workplace conflicts.

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The Ombuds Officer advocates for the fair processes of graduate education. The university is a large and complex institution and graduate and professional students often play multiple roles. Having a confidential conversation with an Ombuds Officer can be a first step when misunderstandings or conflicts occur.

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The LGBTQ+ Pride Center strives to create a thriving environment supporting the success of every student through the education, advancement, and championing of the broad spectrum of sexual, affectional, and gender identities in the spirit of the Aggie Core Values.

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The Undergraduate Ombuds informally and confidentially assists students, faculty, staff, and administrators with resolving academic conflicts for undergraduates. The Ombuds is equally open and accessible in disputes when there are differing expectations or conflicting policies regarding undergraduate academic issues.

Diversity Committee

The Texas A&M Science Diversity Committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. If you have a question or an idea and would like to attend the meeting to discuss with the committee, please contact Dr. Derya Akleman.

Statistician Dr. Derya Akleman

Derya Akleman, Chair
Assistant Dean for Diversity and College Climate
College of Science

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Jennifer Bradford
Program Coordinator
Department of Biology

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Leigh Gathings
Senior Research Instrumentation Specialist
Cyclotron Institute

 

Statistician Dr. Irma Hernandez-Magallanes

Irma Hernandez-Magallanes
Instructional Assistant Professor
Department of Statistics

Mathematician Dr. Laura Matusevich

Laura Matusevich
Professor
Department of Mathematics

Texas A&M biologist Dr. James Smith

James Smith
Professor
Department of Biology

Texas A&M Department of Multicultural Services Assistant Director Dr. Marisa Suhm

Marisa Suhm
Assistant Director
Multicultural Services

Texas A&M mathematics graduate student Elise Walker

Elise Walker
Graduate Student
Department of Mathematics

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Robert Webb
Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Chemist Dr. Coran Watanabe

Coran Watanabe
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry

Professional Organizations

This organization seeks to encourage women to study and to pursue active careers in the mathematical sciences, and to promote equal opportunity and the equal treatment of women in the mathematical sciences. Texas A&M chapter goals include mentoring and encouraging all students in mathematics.

The primary goal of this organization is to engage members in activities that will help project a positive portrayal of underrepresented groups in the sciences, not only to prospective high school and college students, and the public at large, but also to the academic and scientific community.

This national society is dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQ+ communities in STEM fields. The main goals of the oSTEM Chapter at Texas A&M are to identify, address and advocate for the needs of LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields and to educate, assist and engage LGBTQ+ students in STEM fields.

Texas A&M’s chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a non-excluding organization that provides support for Hispanics/Chicanos, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and any other underrepresented minority students in science, engineering and technology fields. The organization’s aim is to foster the success in the attainment of advanced degrees, careers and leadership.

SUPA provides a safe space for under-represented people to come together and discuss the challenges and issues they face. Open to everyone in the department and spanning all educational levels, SUPA hosts monthly meetings in the department where everyone can gather to discuss these challenges and strategize possible solutions.

The vision of NOBCChE is to be an influential organization that ensures African Americans and other people of color are fully engaged in shaping the global scientific community. NOBCChE engages the community through community development, cultural awareness, and promotion of STEM in K-12 grades.

The University Staff Council represents the interests of the more than 10,000 staff at Texas A&M University in communicating with administrators, identifying and addressing issues that impact staff, making recommendations to the university president, and interacting with other organizations.

WISE began in the Department of Chemistry when a handful of women graduate students gathered to discuss the alarming dropout rate among their fellow female students. Armed with a better understanding of these issues, WISE set out to improve conditions on campus, and from this small beginning, WISE has grown to include women from all technical and scientific colleges on campus.