Carnegie Mellon University
July 14, 2020

Williams to co-chair Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It was just announced that Executive Director and Distinguished Service Professor of the Engineering & Technology Innovation Management (ETIM) program at Carnegie Mellon University, Jimmy Williams, will serve as the co-chair for The Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Texas A&M University.

Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young has appointed a 45-person commission of students, former students, faculty and staff to evaluate diversity, equity and inclusion at Texas A&M University.

The commission’s charges include:

  • Engage the university community through public forums to solicit input and information from the broader university community — students, faculty, staff and former students.
  • Assess relevant data and literature — reports, policies and practices — related to diversity, equity and inclusion at Texas A&M and the Bryan and College Station communities.
  • Explore institutional alignment of policies and procedures with the land-grant mission, goals and core values of Texas A&M.
  • Review information across academic and non-academic units affecting the culture, climate and well-being of impacted campus communities.
  • Provide a final report with findings to the Texas A&M System’s Board of Regents and President Young no later than Oct. 30, 2020.

“My engineering degree from Texas A&M opened many doors for me, and I am honored to play a leadership role on this commission, alongside Dr. Hurtado,” Williams said. “There is no group better equipped to tackle these complex issues with respect and understanding than Aggies. We have assembled an outstanding group of student, former student and faculty leaders, and I believe together we will meet this moment, just as we have risen to meet challenges placed before us in the past.”

Texas A&M's Commission on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mirrors similar efforts by numerous universities around the country, including here at CMU. Earlier this month, President Farnam Jahanian announced a set of commitments and new initiatives designed to confront racism and inequality in order to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion here at CMU.

To find out more about what CMU is doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, go here.