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November 2014 News

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The Divesity Council held its Third Annual Thanksgiving Potluck to celebrate a feast of sharing. The potluck invited all faculty, staff and students to share a traditional dish that represents home to them. 


October 2014 News



This past month Edna Ledesma, 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Urban and Regional Science program and Dr. Cecilia Giusti, Dean for Outreach and Diversity for the College of Architecture, accepted both the Central Texas APA (American Planning Association) and Texas APA Chapters’ Student Project of the Year Awards. The awards recognized the Dialogo on the Border as “an exemplary project that showed the value of planning for communities.” The Dialogo on the Border was a 2-day conference held in Brownsville, Texas as a part of a broader national initiative by the Latinos and Planning Division of the APA to identify critical planning issues affecting Latino communities across the country. The goal of the Dialogo on the Border was to provide a platform for multidisciplinary discourse among all potential voices in the planning process in the border area. Dr. Giusti was the chair of the initiative and Edna Ledesma was the lead student coordinator. The award is a tribute to the work and dedication of many students, staff, and faculty, volunteers from Texas A&M University, University of Texas at Brownsville, and Texas Southmost College exemplifying the value of academic engagement outside of the classroom setting.


Texas A&M Student Leaders:

Edna Ledesma

Bara Safarova


Faculty Leader:

Cecilia Giusti

Texas A&M Students:

Jolene Kollman

Miriam Olivares

Rachel Curtis

Xiaoyan Huang

Stephanie Caraballo

Matthew Ramirez

Zuleica De La Cerda-Ordaz

Tyson Bartlett

Glenn Reese

Ryan Skinner

Benjamin Wiseman

Michal Braier


University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College Students:

Elsa De Leon

Karla Astudillo

Alejandra Tamez

Uvaldo Silva

Xavier Castaneda

Hector Obregon

Miriam Cortez

Cinthya Berrocal

Itzael Villafranca

Sergio Elizondo

Samuel Pena

Adolfo Tovar

Stefany Guerra

Tamara Benavides

Leo Vidal

Luis Murillo

Barbara Blanco

Juan Delgado

Magaly Rosales

Joaquin Galvan

Sergio Salazar


Texas A&M Staff:

Janice McCoy

John Peters


Texas A&M Faculty & Researchers:

Cecilia Giusti

Gabriella Campagnol

John Cooper

Sarah DeYoung

Edelmiro Escamilla

Janelle Troxell

David Bierling

Wei Li

Boon Yeol Ryoo

John Jacobs


University of Texas at Brownsville/ Texas Southmost College Faculty:

Murad Abusalim

Erick Diaz

Manuel Medrano

Anthony Knopp


September 2014 News

The Diversity Council congratulates its undergraduate student representative Liliana Ibañez for taking four gold metals and setting a Mexican National Record this summer at the Mexican Swimming Nationals Meet this summer. 

LAUP student wins Weirus Spirit Award for campus diversity work

Diversity work earns planning student a Weirus Spirit Award

posted April 13, 2018
For making Texas A&M a more inviting place for minorities, third-year urban planning student Carlo Chunga Pizarro received the 2018 Buck Weirus Spirit Award in a ceremony 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Association of Former Students Alumni Center.
Ph.D. student lauded for campus accessibility, diversity efforts

Ph.D. student lauded for Texas A&M diversity efforts

posted April 10, 2018
By diligently working to remove barriers for people with disabilities on the Texas A&M campus, Bara Safarova, a doctoral student in architecture, was honored at the 2018 ACE Awards. an annual event recognizing the importance of campus diversity.
CHC symposium focused on  African-American heritage

CHC symposium to feature heritage of African-Americans

posted February 2, 2018
The preservation of Texas’ historic African-American communities, imperiled repositories of black heritage and culture, was the focus of the 2018 Texas A&M Center for Heritage Conservation’s Historic Preservation Symposium.
Play-based learning earns  NSF grant for visualization prof

Viz prof uses motion tracking to enhance kids' writing skills

posted December 8, 2017
Using motion-tracking technology, Texas A&M visualization researchers are developing and testing an enhanced play system aimed at boosting children’s’ imaginations and enriching their story-telling and writing skills.
Vizzers top statewide short film Texas bullet train competition

Viz students take top prizes in bullet train film competition

posted December 5, 2017
Using motion graphics, kinetic type and their own design prowess, two Texas A&M visualization student teams won first place honors in a statewide short film competition to create standout promotional videos for the proposed Texas Bullet Train.
24-hour problem-solving contest targeted place, space, diversity

Hack-a-thon ’18 targeted diversity space and place

posted December 5, 2017
At Hack-a-thon ’18, a 24-hour anything goes creative problem-solving marathon Langford Architecture Center, registered teams vied for $5,000 in prize money while tackling issues of place, space and diversity.

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