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Climate & Inclusion Statement

The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has a solid record of outreach to and support for underrepresented and marginalized groups, however, it is our aim to develop our practices and programs in this regard. Climate and inclusion (C&I) are essential areas to address within and beyond the world of the academy. Creating environments of diversity and shining the light on topics that are both important and challenging to discuss in some research spheres are a part of our mission, and also function as part of the foundation of the humanities at Texas A&M. Our Climate and Inclusion Plan addresses the existing quality of climate and inclusion at the Glasscock Center. It lays out the goals and objectives that the Glasscock team plans to accomplish, specific to a four-point plan: Recruitment, Retention, Climate, and Equity.

As part of our full plan, we are implementing these four points with specific goals:

  • Recruitment goals
    • Identify projects which represent diverse topics related to equity/inclusion and implement calls to solicit applications;
    • Offer more opportunities for the wider community to attend events
    • Continued compliance with regard to Equal Opportunity Employment when recruiting staff
  • Retention goals
    • Continue our current efforts -- and establish new long-term commitments -- to support diverse research endeavors in the humanities and humanistic social sciences;
    • Maintain a consistent virtual presence with renewed focus on promoting our commitment to inclusion and equity;
    • Retain affiliated faculty as active members of the Glasscock Center community
  • Climate goals
    • Maintain a welcoming and safe environment where historically underrepresented groups and individuals can thrive;
    • Promote research endeavors and accomplishments that address topics relevant to diversity/equity/inclusion;
    • Implement regular programming related to these topics, in support of these groups
  • Equity goals
    • Improve accessibility of our events online by offering recordings with closed captions in more than one language;
    • Provide more opportunities for funding and sponsorship directed toward historically underrepresented groups and research projects
    • Continued compliance with respect to accessibility and reasonable accommodations for visitors as well as our team members

If you would like to view a copy of our full plan, please contact us at

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Texas A&M University (College Station) is situated on the land of multiple Native nations, past and present. These original homelands are the territory of Indigenous peoples who were largely dispossessed and removed. We specifically acknowledge the traditional stewardship of this land by the Tonkawa, Tawakoni, Hueco, Sana, Wichita, and Coahuiltecan peoples. We pledge to support and advocate for the histories, cultures, languages, and territorial rights of historic Indigenous peoples of Texas and the Indigenous people that live here now. This statement affirms continuous Indigenous presence and rights, acknowledges the ongoing effects of settler colonization, and supports Indigenous struggles for political, legal, and cultural sovereignty.

Such statements should be seen as living lessons; not a final word, but an invitation to learn.

The Glasscock Center has taken up this invitation to learn through: its support of the Glasscock Indigenous Studies Working Group, which has been active for several years; activities related to the Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative; and playing a role in supporting efforts for theĀ Native American Land and Territorial Acknowledgement Resolution at Texas A&M.