Redeem Francis ’21
Redeem Francis ’21, from Crowley, Texas, is a 3+2 student at the Bush School of Government and Public Service and works as a student assistant in the Office for Diversity.
“Through my job, I get the unique experience of witnessing the amazing efforts that groups such as the Diversity Operations Committee (DOC) and the President’s Council on Climate and Diversity (PCCD) make in order to create a more inclusive campus and hold the various departments accountable to diversity efforts,” Francis said, adding the university needs to do a better job of communicating these efforts to students.
“Most students don’t know that diversity work is constantly being done and I believe that’s where the university can improve its efforts,” she said. “Transparency is needed so that students feel that their voices are heard and that their opinions are taken into consideration.”
Francis said her duties for the Office for Diversity include planning and coordinating special events, assisting in research projects including data analysis and literature reviews, and providing customer service to faculty, students, staff and community members regarding diversity efforts and initiatives.
“The most challenging part of our job is dealing with situations that don’t seem to have an easy or explicit answer and then making sure that our campus community feels supported in the answers and resources we provide,” she said.
Francis said she’s been able to have “amazing experiences” including participation in the 2019-20 Race, Identity & Social Equity (RISE) Fellowship, a yearlong initiative to research issues of race, identity and social equity, as well as attending and co-presenting at the 2019 NCORE annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.
Inclusion Is Everyone’s Job
After she graduates in 2022, Francis said she hopes to work toward becoming an executive director for a nonprofit organization that assists survivors of sexual and domestic abuse.
She said she continues to have hope that Texas A&M will rise to the complex challenges surrounding issues of diversity, inclusion and equity.
“Texas A&M has come a long way, but we have further to go to make this a university in which all feel represented and included,” she said.
To reach that goal, Reyes said everyone must contribute. “Everyone in the campus community shares the responsibility of creating a campus climate that fosters success and achievement for all,” she said. “We must communicate decisively and demonstrate our core values by embracing inclusion and rejecting hate. We can do the right thing by standing up for those who have been harmed.”
In light of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and the resulting demonstrations for racial justice across the nation, Coleman said Aggies must ground themselves in the core values and lead by example.
“Now more than ever, I want to implore our community to spread our Aggie core value of respect far and wide,” she said. “Without respect, fear and ignorance can take hold. As Aggies, we will not engage in fearmongering. As Aggies, we embrace our core value of leadership by modeling affirming behaviors and rejecting bias and discrimination. More, as Aggies, we can show others how to love, support and protect people on our campus and in our communities from social stigma and discrimination.”
Learn more about Texas A&M’s diversity, inclusion and equity efforts from the Office for Diversity and Texas A&M Today.