Developmental programming has been established in Multicultural Services to assist students as they navigate and negotiate their social identities through sophomore and peer mentoring initiatives. These initiatives continue the social belonging and student success focus established during freshman programming, along with assisting students in recognizing their various social identities, the intersection of those identities, as well as the impact of those identities as others assess and make judgments based on those identities. Social identities can include numerous individual characteristics, such as race, culture, gender, age, class, and sexual orientation among others.
Institute for the Development and Education of Asian American Leaders (IDEAAL)
IDEAAL is a student-directed year-long developmental institute tailored for freshmen. With a focus on the beneficial role of social networks and the value of cultural identity. IDEAAL fosters opportunities to develop a sense of belonging on campus, increased insight into self, and development of leadership skills. The institute also serves as a discussion forum focused on a multitude of issues and how they impact Asian American leadership styles.
XL Academy (The Academy)
ExCEL Sophomore Experience
XL Academy, housed in the Department of Multicultural Services, is a fall semester program for sophomores meeting the cultural balancing needs of students at Texas A&M. Through collaboration between faculty in the departments of Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication and Educational Psychology, and staff in the Department of Multicultural Services, XL Academy offers developmental education and experiential learning which aid students in becoming critically reflective and theoretically knowledgeable leaders.