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Feel Welcome, Safe and Supported
The Vice President for Inclusion (VPI) ensures a university-wide commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Our office promotes a spirit of inclusion and appreciation for diversity so you feel welcome, safe and supported during your time at A&M-Commerce.
Our office works hard to promote a campus environment where everyone feels welcome and respected. To achieve inclusive excellence at A&M-Commerce, we are committed to:
- Developing and implementing the university's strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
- Collaborating with every entity at A&M-Commerce to align and coordinate DEI efforts
- Ensuring that our university's commitment to DEI is reflected in all areas of the university
- Implementing processes and strategies to create a university community that represents the diversity of Texas
- Addressing recruitment and retention initiatives for under-represented groups (students and employees) at A&M-Commerce
- Providing informational resources that support DEI efforts
- Assessing and monitoring the campus climate to determine DEI-related needs
- Supporting and promoting DEI efforts in whatever way is needed on campus
A&M-Commerce operates from a set of institutional definitions for diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
The A&M-Commerce community defines diversity as both similar and different lived experiences, perspectives, and social identities (race, gender, disability, etc.), acknowledging both the unique and intersectional values and histories which represent our collective humanity.
The A&M-Commerce community defines equity as apportioned access— prioritizing greatest needs—to resources, infrastructures (buildings, decision-making bodies, organized groups, etc.) and opportunities for the advancement of all, identifying and eliminating systemic barriers to full engagement and participation.
The A&M-Commerce community defines inclusion as the intentional practice of facilitating opportunities for full engagement of all, actualizing the advantages of a diverse and collaborative community.
The A&M-Commerce community defines access as both admittance to and usage of resources, infrastructures (buildings, decision-making bodies, organized groups, etc.) and opportunities, fostering inclusive and equitable communities for all.
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- Vice President for Inclusion
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- P.O. Box 3011
- Commerce, TX 75429-3011