Gender-based programming in Multicultural Services focuses on academic, cultural and personal support needs of Men and Women by race and ethnicity. These communities are served through personal and professional development, experiential education, and community building activities. Programming incorporates multiple formats, including collaborating with various academic units, faculty, staff and former student networks, student affairs departments and various student organizations to ensure the programs are appealing and relevant for the target audiences.
Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC)
The Aggie Black Male Connection (ABMC) engages Black males at Texas A&M with a variety of developmental, community service, social, and educational activities that build camaraderie among the Black males on campus. ABMC motivates and empowers Black males through exposure to proven strategies for greater professional and personal success, in addition to mentorship and various engaging activities. Aspects of the program include community building, student engagement, identity development, networking, and social responsibility. ABMC consists of a leadership team and members who serve as both a support system and community. ABMC leaders work in conjunction with their Department of Multicultural Services Program Coordinator to coordinate all programming, planning, marketing, recruiting, organizing, and role modeling activities.
Latino Males United (LMU)
Latino Males United (LMU) is a program which allows Latino males a healthy environment to express relevant issues surrounding their specific community and assists in their holistic development and support at Texas A&M University. LMU focuses on mentorship, masculinity, ethnicity, academic success, leadership, and service.
La Junta is a place where members come together for workshops/meetings to have candid conversations around a variety of topics. Planned topics include: ethnicity, masculinity, leadership, relationships, and members also get the opportunity to initiate topics relevant to them.
Mentorship is an important component of the program where members get the opportunity to be mentored by their peers at Texas A&M University. This will be a year-long one-on-one mentorship where mentor-mentee will meet several times a semester.
Members will also get the opportunity to mentor at-risk youth (specifically elementary/middle school Latino males) in the Bryan/College Station community. This may be a regular one-on-one commitment for a whole semester with the hope that it becomes a long-lasting relationship.
The annual LMU Excursion is a two-day high impact experience where we visit a major city in Texas. The purpose of the excursion is to allow members to explore their identity in what it means to be a Latino man, develop professionally, be a service to the community and explore the historic culture of the area. Some components of past experiences include visiting underserved K-12 schools, networking and learning at 2-3 corporate office visits, exploring different cultural museums and engaging on a reflective project.
Advisor: Cruz Ríos
Women of Color Courageous Conversations Series
Courageous Conversations is a program designed to positively impact the collegiate experiences of undergraduate women who identify as Asian American, Black and Latina through themed dialogues. Given the process of forming identity, wherein a sense of self-develops through growth in self-understanding, self-concept, individual differences from others, and social roles, Courageous Conversations target the psychological and emotional wellness of Women of Color through the lens of racial and ethnic identity. This program provides a healthy environment for the exploration of issues surrounding students’ specific communities and assists in their holistic development and support at Texas A&M University.
Contact: Dr. Tonya Driver