First Year Programs

First Year Programming has been developed to assist new students in their transition from to Texas A&M, by aiding students in navigating the collegiate environment, establishing relationships, and honing skills for personal success.  Through targeted programming, Multicultural Services fosters satisfactory academic performance, meaningful connection with peers, and a sense of belonging to the Texas A&M campus community.

Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL)

Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) is a student organization and student success program designed to help new students find academic, social, and personal balance at Texas A&M.  ExCEL assists students interested in engaging with the Black or African American Aggie community in making a smooth transition during the first year as an Aggie, through a conference during Howdy Week, cultivating relationships between peers and mentors, providing a sense of belonging, offering academic personal support, and serving as a resource.

ExCEL Conference

ExCEL launches with the ExCEL Conference the Friday before fall classes. During the conference, students become familiar with the year-long program, as they are assigned upper-class peer mentors and a peer group. The Conference consists of motivational speakers, dialogue within the peer groups, developmental series focused on personal development and community, and meet and greet mentor activities.

Membership Fee: $50 (one-time fee)

Year-long Program

Following the conference, academic, social, and cultural activities begin through the close of the spring semester.  Activities include community events, seminar series covering topics relevant to African American students, mentor engagement activities, community service projects, and socials!

Advisor: Dr. Tonya Driver –

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.


Members of IDEAAL consist of directors, mentors, and participants. Mentors are upperclassmen who have completed the IDEAAL program as participants and have an authentic interest in Asian American student growth and development.  Participants are freshmen and are selected to go through the year-long program dealing with issues of identity, leadership, and culture as is pertains to Asian Americans.  Directors serve as the leadership of IDEAAL and facilitate the specifics of the program throughout the year.

Advisor: Thomas Nguyễn


Latino Logradores (Latino Achievers)

A Freshman Latino Student Success Program


Latino Logradores (Latino Achievers) is a freshman program which supports the success of Latino/a/x students at Texas A&M University by providing mentorship, a family atmosphere, transition from high school to college and resources that help them thrive in a college environment. This will be a freshman’s first connection to the familia Latina where they can build long-lasting relationships, explore their culture, build networks, feel empowered, develop holistically and be a service to the local community.

La Casita (Small Home):

La Casita is a place where members come together to build community, socialize, network and find a sense of belonging.  Like topics that are covered at home with your family, we will celebrate successes, support hardships, share experiences, share culture, connect you to resources and have some food together. La Casita is your small home away from home.

Las Familias (Families)

Las Familias is the name for the mentorship structure. Mentorship is an important component of the program where members get the opportunity to be mentored by sophomore, junior or senior Aggie Latino/a/x students at Texas A&M University. This will be a year-long mentorship where mentor-mentees will meet several times a semester as a group and also have opportunity for one-on-one mentorship. The group under a mentor will be called a Familia.

La Conexión (The Connection):

La Conexión will be the cornerstone of information needed to be a successful student at Texas A&M University. There will be a sharing of essential resources, like opportunities in leadership, academic deadlines, career services, community connection, organization involvement and activities. These resources will be shared through a variety of means specifically through the Las Familias and La Casita. The first year of college can be a rough transition, we are trying to make it easier.

Advisor: Cruz Rios
LatiLo Website 

Welcome Social

Howdy Class of 2022!

The Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) hosts a free annual “Welcome Social,” where freshmen can connect with other new Aggies, student leaders, staff, and faculty before school starts. This event is held the week before classes start.

We look forward to seeing you and hope you take advantage of this opportunity to acclimate yourself to life at Texas A&M University. Please be on the lookout for your invitation.  If you have any questions, please call 979.862.2000.