Cultural Competency Certificate
As a College, we recognize the importance of understanding and celebrating other cultures, while acknowledging it is an area where we constantly need to improve. To ensure we’re training leaders who are respectful of differences and prepared to work in diverse environments, we are committee to enhancing the cultural competency of our students.
To achieve this aim, we have partnered with the Department of Multicultural Services to implement a Certificate in Cultural Competency that will integrate programs, courses and service learning into a certificate program to help students prepare for participation in the modern global economy.
To apply for the certificate, a student must be pursuing a major within in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and have at least a 2.0 grade point average.
Students interested in the certificate should complete an application and include a statement of why they are interested in this certificate. A committee made up of individuals from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Department of Multicultural Services will evaluate applications based on demonstrated interest in issues of multiculturalism and diversity, as well as the ability to answer all application questions. The committee reserves the right to conduct interviews with applicants to make final selections. Students who are admitted will be assigned an advisor in the Department of Multicultural Services to coordinate the co-curricular requirements of the certificate. The application will be available online at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Department of Multicultural Services websites.
- TAMU RISE: TAMU Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) Initiative is a yearlong program that provides students with a better understanding of race, identity and social equity in higher education. TAMU RISE includes an annual conference, and a fellowship opportunity which allows selected student leaders to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity known as NCORE, conduct research during fall semester, and present findings to the campus community at the RISE Conference.
- ExCEL: Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) is a student organization and freshman involvement program designed to help freshmen find academic, social, and personal balance at Texas A&M by fostering a community where they can culturally identify. In addition to an annual conference, ExCEL provides cultural community events, seminar series and more.
- CLUES: Culture Leadership Understanding and Exploration for Scholars (CLUES) is a learning community developed by the Department of Multicultural Services and the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. CLUES is a one-year course-credited program for students that focuses on multiculturalism, diversity/cultural sensitivity, and inclusive leadership (ALED 322 and ALED 323).
- CommUnity Conversations: The purpose of the CommUnity Conversations is to provide an opportunity to engage the campus community and the community at large, in seminars and guest lectures about current topics related to inclusion and social justice.
- CommUnity Dialogue Groups: Community Dialogue Groups encourage conversation across lines of difference with other Aggies. Students participate in weekly 90-minute sessions throughout the semester. Conversation topics include identity, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, ability, socio-economic status, and other topics that the group is interested in discussing.
- Cultural Explorations: Cultural Explorations are student experiences, where students explore different cultures through day trips to different cities in Texas. Each trip offers a variety of experiences including, but not limited to, museums, festivals, theater productions, and cultural food experiences.
- SCOLA: The Student Conference on Latino Affairs (SCOLA) is a conference featuring a wide array of speakers ranging from national and state, government, business, and media. SCOLA also gives students a forum to discuss significant issues that impact the Latino community.
- LEAD Conference: The Leadership Education for APIDA Development (LEAD) Conference strengthens the campus identity and development of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) students on campus.
- MSC LT Jordan Institute for International Awareness: The MSC LT Jordan Institute for International Awareness is an organization dedicated to providing Texas A&M University and the surrounding community with international exposure through on-campus programming and travel abroad opportunities.
- Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC): ABMC engages Black males at Texas A&M with a variety of developmental, community service, social, and educational activities that build camaraderie among the Black males on campus.
- Latino Males United (LMU): LMU is a program which allows Latino males a healthy environment to express relevant issues surrounding their specific community and assists in their holistic development and support at Texas A&M University.
- Courageous Conversations: Courageous Conversations is a program designed to positively impact the collegiate experiences of undergraduate women who identify as Asian American, Black and Latina through themed dialogues.
- Aggies to Aggies: A peer diversity education program housed in the Department of Multicultural Services, seeks to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within our communities. A2A uses an array of activities to enhance students’ understandings of these topics and what it means to be a socially conscious Aggie.
- Aggies United: The vision of Aggies United is to develop, educate, and empower the leaders of tomorrow who will make a difference within their communities and on campus through cultural immersion events, service projects, and career development programs.
- MSC CAMAC: MSC CAMAC celebrates the richness of all the Hispanic and Latinx cultures represented in Aggieland. MSC CAMAC members produce a huge variety of programs and build strong social and professional networks that give students the tools they need to excel.
- MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC): WBAC enhances the campus community’s multicultural experience by producing programs encouraging the exploration of African-American heritage, culture, and thought.
- Texas A&M MANRRS Chapter: The Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter at Texas A&M serves as a family and network for minorities studying agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences. MANRRS also provides students with opportunities to enhance leadership, organizational, and public speaking skills.
- Texas A&M SACNAS Chapter: The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.
- Asian Presidents Council (APC): APC aims to unite and strengthen the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community and serve as the voice and representative body of the APIDA community at TAMU. APC also serves as a forum for discussion on campus, educational, and cultural issues.
- Black Student Alliance Council (BSAC): The purpose of BSAC is to enhance and unify the Black community while making the Texas A&M campus more aware of the accomplishments, achievements and needs of the Black student body. The council also fosters the commitment and investment of students in the Black Aggie Community by serving as an ally and community-building social network.
- Hispanic Presidents Council: Hispanic Presidents’ Council seeks to provide a mechanism through which all Hispanics can become full and contributing students of Texas A&M University. To obtain its purpose, the council will promote the awareness of existing Hispanic organizations available to the student body of Texas A&M University.