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Statement from The Texas A&M University System Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The Texas A&M System condemns all racist behaviors, actions, and comments that tear at the moral fabric of our nation. The System is appalled at the deplorable and egregious acts of brutality by some police officers against African Americans. As the nation grieves, the A&M System is also experiencing sorrow and has devoted its platform to stand up against unjust racial disparities.

Based on diversity as a core value of our system, we denounce all forms of violence perpetrated against African Americans. The death of George Floyd, and many others, at the hand of police officers is a despicable and unacceptable outcome. Suffice it to say: IT MUST STOP. All forms of racism, from bias and micro-aggressions to racialized violence, create an undue weight on our faculty, staff, students of color, and administration. As such, there is a direct need to continue to educate and act on our values of inclusion and equity.

The Texas A&M System shall take all necessary steps to ensure that its employees and students are committed to the tenets of human respect and decency. To make a positive impact, we will make a unified commitment to translate our ideals into action for sustainable and proactive change. Equally as important, The Texas A&M System shall remain committed to providing an inclusive environment where all its members can thrive safely.

The A&M System believes all universities under the auspices of the Texas A&M Banner shall speak out against systemic and institutional racism at all levels. Likewise, we urgently call on all Texans and the nation to resist hateful and racist actions and refuse to drink from the bitter cup of divisiveness.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, Chair, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Angela Allen, West Texas A&M University

Dr. Carol Bunch Davis, Texas A&M University-Galveston

Larry Davis, Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Dr. Toney Favors, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Dr. Manuel Flores, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Elma De Luna-Gonzalez, Prairie View A&M University

Tim Gritten, Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Dr. Peter Haruna, Texas A&M International University

Tiburcio Lince, Tarleton University

Dr. Sherdeana Owens, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Christine Stanley, Texas A&M University

Dr. Julia Ballenger, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Joyce Miller, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Minita Ramirez, Texas A&M International University

Carl Greig, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Dr. Corinne Valadez, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Dr. Jennifer Schroeder, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Dr. Brenda Moore, Texas A&M University-Commerce

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