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This fall, the College of Education and Human Development will begin a year-long celebration of 50 years of excellence.

Throughout our history we have been charged with transforming and enriching lives through education and health. Created as a school for teachers, we are now a school for leaders.

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A Statement from the Dean

A Statement from Dean Alexander

Statement from June 12, 2020

Dear colleagues,

I’ve spent much of this week listening. I’ve listened as our country struggles to come to terms with power and racism through protests. I’ve listened as our own students have painfully shared their deeply troubling stories on social media of how they were told they were “less than” or “irrelevant and unwanted” because of the color of their skin or their backgrounds. I want you to know that I hear you. This is racism. I’ve listened as our own faculty and staff reached out both to be heard and to offer to use their scholarly expertise to assist. I have heard you. To be clear, the college condemns all forms of racist behaviors and attitudes, as they do not align with our espoused mission and values as a college.

I’ve also reflected a lot about my leadership position and know that I have much to learn. Through listening, personal reflections, and reading to advance my growth and understanding, I am more convinced than ever that action is required. Inaction and silence are not options when someone experiences racism. Racism has personal consequences; but racism is not just personal, it is systemic and it manifests itself institutionally and structurally. To grow collectively as a college into the transformative and inclusive place to which we espouse, we need to take a critical look at our college and departmental policies, processes, and practices to recognize and – more importantly – to address the racism and structural inequality we find there with concrete change.

Action begins with leadership, and with me as a leader. At the moment, I have two ideas. First, I will engage the college leadership this summer (including program area heads and department leaders), using appropriate facilitators to deepen our understanding of confronting racism with the goal of providing each of these leaders with concrete tools and specific actions they can take in their respective spheres. Second, John Singer, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will lead a call for participation for faculty, staff, and students to be part of an Equity and Social Justice Collective this summer. The primary goal of the Equity and Social Justice Collective will be to create an action plan to address racial inequality in the college. Over time, this group will grow to become an interdepartmental hub for research and action related to equity and social justice. This Collective is an idea that was suggested by a small group of EPSY faculty in 2018 after one of our college retreats, and now is the time for us to move forward. My hope is that we will draw on the expertise of faculty, staff, and students in the college. We have experts across EAHR, EPSY, HLKN, and TLAC in areas such as access, conflict management, culturally responsive teaching, equity, health, critical race theory, human resources, multicultural education, leadership development, organizational development, research methodology, psychological health, and more, who can help raise awareness, and suggest policy and procedure changes for equity and social justice. My commitment is that I will act on these suggested changes to the best of my ability, because I recognize that without follow-up and substantial backing for the work of this collective, we will not see true change.

Please consider joining this group. The College of Education and Human Development must be a place where everyone feels a sense of belonging, and are valued for who they are, and for what they have to offer to our community. My hope is that these actions get us one step closer to that ideal.

I welcome your additional ideas and feedback.

Joyce Alexander
Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Reta Haynes Dean’s Endowed Chair
Texas A&M University

Statement from June 2, 2020


Sometimes a national crisis becomes a personal poignant moment. My mother stood in my kitchen this morning. Her eyes filled with tears and her voice broke, “How can this be happening still? We had the civil rights movement so this didn’t have to happen any longer. Why can’t we just treat people with tolerance and respect?” My oldest son reached around to hug her. He had just been sharing stories of George Floyd’s death and the resulting protests around the country.

A month previous, my youngest son had been interviewing my mother about being white and living through the Civil Rights movement in the south for his college history class. She told a story of riding the bus into the city twice a week, purposefully sitting in the back in the early years of the movement, as her small affirmation of those who did not have a choice. She had seen, in real time, the hope for and failure to achieve racial equity in the 60s.

There’s been a lifetime between these two moments, yet so little has changed – and not just for our black and African American friends, but also for those of Asian descent being blamed for the raging coronavirus, and those of Hispanic heritage who deal daily with the threat of deportation or discrimination because of assumptions about place of birth and worth. It is time to challenge the norms that have gotten us to this point, and think deeply about the privilege that sometimes leads to social reproduction, even inadvertently.

It is incumbent for all of us in the college to focus on two things: 1) our current community of faculty and staff; and 2) our commitment to educate a more tolerant and empathetic next generation. We have not just begun this work. For many years, the college has had the privilege of leadership in diversity and inclusion for our community but we need to work introspectively to dismantle the behaviors that reproduce privilege and bias. We are not powerless. To that end, I am challenging us in two specific areas:

  1. I recently wrote about the role of privilege in class scheduling for the fall. Some faculty stepped up and took on the challenge to teach face-to-face. Our students will be grateful for your expertise and the semblance of normalcy on campus. It was clear, however, that the schedules that were put forward for fall teaching disproportionately relied on our academic professional track and graduate students to do the face-to-face teaching. This is an example of invisible social reproduction. We can do better. I can do better. I am committing to teaching a face-to-face class in the fall. I challenge my tenure-track colleagues to consider doing so as well. If inequities continue to be insurmountable, I will ask department heads to make the difficult adjustments to teaching assignments to bring our behaviors more in line with our collective commitments to each other.
  2. We have a mission to eradicate health and education disparities. I am challenging each of our programs to carefully examine this fall whether the educational experiences both in and out of class challenge our students to confront inequities, privilege, and power, promoting tolerance and empathy instead. Examining how we teach, the histories of fields we privilege, and the interdependence of all can support our growth as instructors, the lifelong learning of our students, and their future leadership of our nation.

There will be more challenges. I do not want to see my son have the same conversation with his grandchild. We must make a difference – a personal difference – because these behaviors affect our friends, our neighbors, and really all of us. We must commit to call out those who threaten the richness of our interconnected lives. We owe it to each other to challenge behaviors that lead to tragedy, fear, anger, privilege one class or race over another, or degrade individuals. Those who seek to divide us will not be successful when we privilege the support and care of each other. Perhaps in this time of social isolation, we can make coming together matter even more.

Joyce Alexander
Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Reta Haynes Dean’s Endowed Chair
Texas A&M University

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