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Director’s Statement

Fall 2023

Thank you for your interest in the Race & Ethnic Studies Institute at Texas A&M University. For over 30 years, RESI has been a hub and a leader for cutting-edge work related to race and ethnic studies. It was founded with the purpose of (1) generating connections between faculty researchers, (2) promoting the excellent knowledge being generated by our faculty and students, and (3) conducting its own research to inform policymakers, researchers, educators, and the general public. It is toward this inherent research-focused mission that I direct all of my attention as Interim Director of RESI.

Over the coming year, we will be rolling out new research initiatives and funding many research projects by members of our Aggie community. Of particular interest is the attention we will devote to our new RESI Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) Research Initiative. We have the potential to be the biggest hub of knowledge production related to HSIs in the country. Between the amazing breadth of the College of Arts & Sciences, and related faculty doing work in higher education administration and education policy elsewhere at the University, I truly believe the sky is the limit for what we can achieve.

If you have not already done so, please sign up for our new mailing list, through which we will send out targeted messaging specific to the different constituencies at Texas A&M. We're also increasing the transparency of our processes and setting deadlines from the beginning of the academic year for our different grants, awards, and co-sponsorships.

In all, I greatly look forward to this period of growth and renewal. Thank you for joining me on this journey.


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Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (he/him)
Director of the Race & Ethnic Studies Institute