Texas A&M Faculty Group Posts Appeal for Affirmative Action

See the web page

at:
http://orpheus.tamu.edu/fcic/positions.html
Texas A&M Faculty Concerned for an

Inclusive Campus posts website Feb. 9, 2004, following is an archive of the initial

statement:

FCIC Positions on Diversity at TAMU

Faculty Committed to an

Inclusive Campus (FCIC) is a group of faculty at Texas A&M University that seeks to increase diversity

at TAMU and make our campus a welcoming environment for everyone. FCIC has a broad vision of diversity

which includes race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and identity, religion, geographic

origin, age, and disability. We appreciate the opportunity to state our views at this meeting and

would like to present the following statement.

1. We urge President Gates to reverse

his stated policy on admissions and consider race and ethnicity as central factors in admissions as

well as in recruitment and financial decisions. On the matter of admissions, FCIC believes that the

current policy will not increase the student diversity at TAMU. The University of Texas is already far

more diverse than TAMU, has a much better reputation for being welcoming to minorities, and will be

considering race and ethnicity in their admissions procedure. In this context, how can TAMU expect to

compete for minority students? TAMU must consider race and ethnicity in admissions.

2.

Admissions is only one part of this issue, and we urge the President to adopt a comprehensive plan for

increasing diversity on campus.

A. Reallocate the funding from the Reinvestment Faculty

Hiring Program to target 25% of the new positions to candidates from under-represented groups,

including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered faculty.

Include in the reallocation funding to create or bolster academic programs that specifically address

diversity concerns—an academic program in Race and Ethnic Studies, an expanded Women’s Studies Program,

and a program in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Studies.

B. Create clear

goals and timetables for increasing diversity. Increase the presence of under-represented groups among

the faculty and staff to 20% by 2007. Increase the presence of under-represented groups among the

student population to 20% by 2007 and to 25% by 2010.

C. Create scholarships and

financial aid programs whose criteria explicitly consider race and ethnicity. This should include a

Youth Scholars Program modeled after the one at The Ohio State University which will nurture young,

talented, underprivileged children from the ninth grade forward and encourage them to attend TAMU.

D. Review the mission statements and effectiveness of The Department of Multicultural

Services and the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute and consider placing all existing diversity

organization on campus under a well-funded Center for Diversity. The Center’s mission would include

student support programs, research on campus diversity, and outreach. Its activities should include the

following.

Establish a university-wide Diversity Campaign designed to make awareness of

diversity issues an element of every part of the TAMU education from Fish Camp to Graduation Day. The

task force that runs this campaign should model some of its programs on those of the current Academic

Integrity Task Force and should establish a Code of Conduct with regards to diversity.

Create a widely publicized and well-funded office to investigate incidents of discrimination and

harassment directed at under-represented groups.

Create an aggressive campaign targeted

at both TAMU and Texas as a whole to promote a “New Aggie Spirit” that is appreciative of diversity in

all of its manifestations.

Work with the Faculty Senate to review and strengthen the

current diversity requirement in the TAMU core curriculum.

3. FCIC feels it is essential

that the administration understands that the diversity issues that TAMU faces are structural as well

as cultural and must be addressed through policy changes and substantial funding. We urge President

Gates to consult with FCIC in general and under-represented faculty and students in particular to craft

new policies and make this campus a diverse and welcoming campus for

everyone.

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