|The Communication Department’s staff, faculty members, and graduate students work to educate and prepare Aggies for an increasingly diverse world. Consistent with Texas A&M’s VISION 2020, which asserts that “the ability to survive, much less succeed, is increasingly linked to the development of a more pluralistic, diverse, and globally aware populace,” we wish to affirm our department’s Statement on Communication Ethics and Diversity:
The Department of Communication’s Climate and Inclusion Committee therefore promotes the values of diversity and inclusion throughout the life of the department: undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and scholarship, and service and engagement. These values include respect and encouragement for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. In addition, the committee strives to promote the department’s own leadership in efforts related to diversity, climate, and inclusion in the college, university community, and the field of communication.
Climate and Inclusion Initiatives
ANNUAL “COMMUNICATING DIVERSITY” STUDENT CONFERENCE
Every year the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students throughout Texas to our annual day-long student conference, “Communicating Diversity,” which presents work from that highlight voices of minoritized and marginalized groups and focus of diversity issues related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class, age. The conference is held on the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas. We invite submissions related to, though not limited to, cultural diversity in “old” and “new” media, global technology, civic discourse, leadership, health communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and public address, interpersonal communication, and intercultural communication. Detailed information about the conference can be found on our conference website: https://communicatingdiversityconference.wordpress.com/
DIVERSIFYING OUR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
The Climate and Inclusion Committee has created a new special topics undergraduate course, Communication and Diversity (COMM 289). This course will be taught for the first time in Fall 2017 by doctoral student and C&I committee member Carrie Murawski. The class covers topics such as communication and activism, privilege, language and culture, and intersectionality.
MAKING BOLTON HALL AN ALLIED HALL
Bolton Hall is the location of the Department of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Programs. COMM’s Climate and Inclusion committee is working with the IDPs to make Bolton Hall and “Allied Hall” with 75% or more of our faculty, graduate students, and staff completing Aggie Ally training. Bolton Hall residents who have completed Ally training display their Aggie Ally signs proudly!
The Climate and Inclusion Committee recognizes the importance of making sure the Department of Communication’s courses, facilities, and events are accessible to all. The “Ability Liaison” is a C&I committee member who is responsible for addressing the emerging needs of our community by liaising with the C&I chair, the department head, and any and all faculty, staff, and students with disability concerns and needs. The 2017-2018 Ability Liaison is Dr. Matthew May. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diversity at TAMU: