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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. 

Artist enlists public to create emotional topo map of B/CS

Public helps artist chart emotions throughout B/CS

posted March 7, 2017
This spring, Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth is leading an army of volunteers to create a public art project, the “XYZ Atlas,” a color-coded data-based map that will geographically plot where individuals experienced emotional highs and lows within the Bryan/College Station area.
Community-based research, service confab hosted by TTC March 19-22

TTC hosting annual research, service confab March 19-22

posted February 22, 2017
University educators from across the nation will reveal how their research and service projects are enhancing communities and providing transformative learning experiences during the 2017 Sustainable City Year Conference March 19–22 at Texas A&M University.
Contestants to create data-driven concepts for a barrier-free campus in Feb. 17-18 diversity hackathon

Diversity council staging Feb. 17-18 access hackathon

posted February 3, 2017
Using their digital and artistic skills, contestants will vie for $5,000 in prize money by creating data-sourced concepts for a Texas A&M University campus free of physical and virtual barriers to the disabled as part of the Feb. 17-18, 2017 Diversity Accessibility Hackathon hosted by the Texas A&M College of Architecture Diversity Council.
Visualization prof heading STEM study in two colonias schools

Viz prof heading STEM study in two colonias schools

posted December 7, 2016
Six Hispanic high school students residing in South Texas colonias — impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border — are learning engineering basics in a study led by Francis Quek, a professor of visualization.
Valley city fiscal plans informed by Ph.D. student-led discussions

Ph.D. student-led talks informing valley fiscal plans

posted November 11, 2016
Small business owners and community leaders in Brownsville, Texas, identified their community’s economic strengths and weaknesses in a series of discussions hosted by Edna Ledesma, a Ph.D. Urban and Regional Sciences student.
Expert panel discussed impact of  race in community design Nov. 7

Panel discussed impact of race on design Nov. 7

posted November 1, 2016
Four African-American planners and designers discussed how race impacts community development in “Race and Community Design,” a panel discussion Thursday, Nov. 7 in the Technical Reference Center, Langford A.

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