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A Statement on Systemic Racism from the OSS

Published on 7/17/2020 12:00:00 AM
The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd are tragic reminders of the systemic racism and prejudice that still exists in our nation and across the world. In the Office for Student Success, we believe that systemic racism – the historical, political, and social systems that maintain racial inequality – must be actively identified and dismantled. We condemn all racist acts, beliefs, and systems that put the lives of our students, co-workers, and the community at risk.

The Office for Student Success recognizes the individuals who are committed and entrenched in addressing racial inequities. We understand that the misuse and abuse of power by individuals in law enforcement, politics, and authoritative positions have caused historical, legal, and social injustices deeply rooted within our nation and overshadows those who do uphold justice with integrity and selflessness. We understand there is work to be done, and – as an office committed to student success, retention, and community – we understand that our leadership and commitment are needed in order to support our historically marginalized and minoritized students, faculty, and staff members.

Our office was created to retain more students, increase four and six-year graduation rates, and advance equitable education outcomes based on race, ethnicity, first-generation status, gender, and socioeconomic status. This statement reaffirms the goals of student success and our commitment to serving students and the Texas A&M community. As we continue to advocate for our students, faculty, and staff, we are committed to creating a space that allows all students to be empowered, equipped, and engaged. We recognize our responsibility to identify and dismantle systemic racism and ensure that all students at Texas A&M reach their fullest potential.

Individuals are encouraged to report any racist/hate-related incidents to

Please direct all comments and questions to the OSS Diversity and Inclusion Committee.