Climate & Inclusion
The Communication Department’s staff, faculty members, and graduate students work to educate and prepare Aggies for an increasingly diverse world. Consistent with Texas A&M’s VISION 2020, which asserts that “the ability to survive, much less succeed, is increasingly linked to the development of a more pluralistic, diverse, and globally aware populace,” we wish to affirm our department’s Statement on Communication Ethics and Diversity:
The Department of Communication embraces the development of a socially and culturally diverse intellectual community that is grounded in an awareness of the political and social structures embedded in the process and study of communication. To that end, we embrace the freedom of expression and intellectual inquiry. We recognize that free and responsible communication is central to a flourishing democratic society and we advocate for ethical communication practices that include truthfulness, accuracy, honesty, and reason. Moreover, we affirm the importance of diversity and recognize the necessity of including the voices of members of historically marginalized communities in our research, teaching, and service. Following the National Communication Association’s Credo for Ethical Communication, we “condemn communication that degrades individuals and humanity through distortion, intimidation, coercion, and violence, and through the expression of intolerance and hatred.
The Department of Communication’s Climate and Inclusion Committee therefore promotes the values of diversity and inclusion throughout the life of the department: undergraduate and graduate instruction, research and scholarship, and service and engagement. These values include respect and encouragement for people of diverse backgrounds, including, but not limited to, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. In addition, the committee strives to promote the department’s own leadership in efforts related to diversity, climate, and inclusion in the college, university community, and the field of communication.
Climate and Inclusion Initiatives
ANNUAL “COMMUNICATING DIVERSITY” STUDENT CONFERENCE
Every year the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students across the nation to our annual day-long student conference, “Communicating Diversity.” The conference provides a forum to showcase, share, and engage in discussions about scholarship on communication and diversity. We invite submissions related to, though not limited to, cultural diversity in “old” and “new” media, global technology, civic discourse, leadership, health communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and public address, interpersonal communication, and intercultural communication.
Detailed information about the conference can be found on our conference website: https://communicatingdiversityconference.wordpress.com/
DIVERSIFYING OUR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE CURRICULUM
Members of the Climate and Inclusion Committee have been actively involved in diversifying our undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Examples of our activities include:
- The development of new courses such as COMM 245 Difficult Dialogues on Power, Privilege, and Difference, COMM 338 Critical Race Discourse, and COMM 343 Communication and Cultural Discourse.
- The creation of our Certificate in Communication, Diversity, and Social Justice. This certificate is available to students of all majors at Texas A&M. To apply, go to https://comm.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2019/05/Certificate-in-Communication-Diversity-and-Social-Justice.pdf
- The promotion of strategies to decolonize our current courses starting at the level of the syllabus.
MAKING BOLTON HALL AN ALLIED HALL
Bolton Hall is the location of the Department of Communication and the College of Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Programs. COMM’s Climate and Inclusion committee is working with the IDPs to make Bolton Hall and “Allied Hall” with 75% or more of our faculty, graduate students, and staff completing Aggie Ally training. Bolton Hall residents who have completed Ally training display their Aggie Ally signs proudly!
Diversity at TAMU: