Race on Campus: On ‘Teaching Black History to White People’

In this Race on Campus article, Leonard N. Moore discusses his experience teaching the undergraduate course “History of the Black Power Movement” on a campus where only 5% of undergraduates are Black. He’s picked up a few lessons about teaching Black history to white students along the way. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Katie Mangan spoke with him about what he’s learned and about how people can be good allies.

Aggie Allies Workshops

The CVMBS Office for Diversity & Inclusion has arranged virtual Aggie Allies Workshops for the Fall 2021 semester. We have three dates and times available to help accommodate different schedules. Each class size is limited to 30 participants and registration is on a first come, first served basis. All workshops will be offered in a virtual format.

Register for one of the virtual workshops below:

Monday, Nov. 15 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Deadline to Register: Monday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Deadline to Register: Thursday, Nov. 11, at 5 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Deadline to Register: Friday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.

Texas A&M Office for Diversity: Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series

The 2021 Enhancing Diversity Seminar Series is designed to engage the campus community in dialogue around topics and issues related to diversity, campus climate, equity, and inclusion. In a virtual format, the Office for Diversity has invited Texas A&M students, faculty, and staff to present their research to the campus community. A list of past Enhancing Diversity Seminars is available here.

Nov. 18, 2021 (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT)
Undocufriendly “does not equal” Undocuserving – Undocumented College Students’ Perceptions of Institutional Support

Presenter: Dr. Cinthya Salazar, assistant professor
Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development
Texas A&M University

Abstract: Undocufriendly colleges and universities are those with a reputation of being welcoming to undocumented students and offering a more inclusive campus climate via their institutional policies, services, and practices. These campuses are perceived to positively influence undocumented students’ college choice and their experiences once they enroll in higher education. Most undocufriendly institutions are located in states with tuition equity policies, which allow undocumented students to pay in-state resident tuition. Theoretically, the combination of tuition equity policies and inclusive institutional practices should offer undocumented students an undocufriendly campus environment that promotes their college success. In this presentation, I will discuss the findings of a qualitative study that examined the extent to which an undocufriendly campus setting was actually fostering undocumented students’ success and meeting their needs. Through a participatory action research methodology, I investigated undocumented students’ perceptions of institutional support at the public research university in Virginia that was largely perceived to be the most undocufriendly campus within the Commonwealth.

Level: Novice, Intermediate, Advanced – All students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to attend!

Registration: Texas A&M employees (students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to register using TrainTraq so the seminar is included on their training transcript. Community members and people who do not work for Texas A&M are welcome to register using this linkRegistration ends Nov. 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Diwali

Diwali or Deepawali, also known as the festival of lights, is usually celebrated in October or November and will begin on Nov. 4 this year. Lasting over five days, the holiday is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs worldwide. The name of this festival is derived from ‘avali,’ which means ‘row,’ and ‘deepa,’ meaning ‘clay lamps.’ When merged, these words mean ‘a row of lights.’ For this reason, lights are symbolic of this festival and Indians celebrate with sparklers and fireworks to fuel the inner light that spiritually protects them from the darkness.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day on Nov. 11 honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace, dead or alive, though it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.

Bhai Dooj

Bhai Dooj, celebrated on Nov. 16 this year, is a prominent Hindu festival when women pray to the gods for long and prosperous lives for their brothers. It is celebrated after the popular festival of Diwali. It is known by various names in different parts of India, like Bhau Beej, Bhai Teeka, or Bhai Phota.

International Education Week

International Education Week, November 16-20, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United State.

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Guru Nanak Jayanti, also known as Guru Nanak’s Prakash Utsav and Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti, celebrates the birth of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak, on November 18. It is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. In the Sikh faith, festivities revolve around the anniversaries of the 10 Sikh gurus. These gurus were responsible for shaping the beliefs of the Sikhs. Their birthdays, known as ‘Gurpurab’, are occasions for celebration and prayer among the community. Guru Nanak Jayanti is marked with prayer processions, hymns, free sweets, martial arts (‘Gatka’), and services to the community.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance is Nov. 20, 2021. For generations, transgender people have suffered various forms of abuse (and even death) for challenging the views, notions, and stereotypes around “male” and “female” identity. This annual holiday is meant to honor, commemorate, and memorialize those who face discrimination and stigma (often on a daily basis) across the nation. This holiday is also meant to focus on the persistent struggles transgender people face in their everyday lives and how others can share their love, support, and hope.