Texas has historically been known for its diverse terrain, food, and demographics. Settled on the border of Mexico, Texas has been named home by immigrants for hundreds of years. However, Texas’ higher educational systems have not seen the diverse populations many cities and public schooling systems have all across the country. Is this an economic issue? Or one that stems more from systemic racism?
Texas A&M is Texas’ largest university with a student population of around 70,000 students. Of these 70,000 students, only 3% of them are black. 3% of 70,000 is 2,100. 2,100 individuals who have been marginalized and pushed to the side. The lack of this diversity and push for inclusion has unfortunately created an incentive for people of color to attend other colleges, instead of coming to Texas A&M to further their education.
I had the opportunity to speak with a black Texas A&M student, and she openly spoke about the environments, both good and bad, that she was exposed to during her time here on campus. Despite her several accolades and accomplishments during her time here in College Station, she unfortunately experienced hate at a level that should not be felt by anyone, especially in a place in which learning is prioritized. Her discrimination was solely based upon the color of her skin, as she is a model student. Her stories that I was privileged to hear showed me that this is an issue that is not individualistic, but felt by students all across the university.
Led by Inequities will offer you, the listener, the opportunity to become an agent of change and make a difference in your college community. The simplicity behind starting a conversation and engaging with someone who’s voice is not typically heard, will cultivate an environment that can be called home, something that everyone yearns for. And through this podcast, I hope that the stories that are being shared resonate and inspire you to be the change that our beloved home, Texas A&M, needs.