The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - College Station

The Battalion

Junior G Wade Taylor IV (4) covers his face after a missed point during Texas A&Ms game against Arkansas on Feb. 20, 2024 at Reed Arena. (Jaime Rowe/The Battalion)
When it rains, it pours
February 24, 2024
Ali Camarillo (2) waiting to see if he got the out during Texas A&Ms game against UIW on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 at Olsen Field. (Hannah Harrison/The Battalion)
Four for four
February 20, 2024
There continues to be an increase in Aggies working in D.C. The PPIP program at A&M is one instrumental program for students to shape their careers. (Graphic by Ethan Mattson/The Battalion)
Why D.C. wants all the Aggies
Stacy Cox, News Reporter • April 22, 2024

More Aggies are calling Washington, D.C. home than ever with the aid of programs like the Public Policy Internship Program, or PPIP. The program...

Sophomore DB Jacoby Mattews (2) and sophomore DB Sam McCall (16) attempt to stop LSU WR Malik Nabers during Texas A&Ms game against LSU on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023 at Tiger Stadium (Katelynn Ivy/The Battalion)
2024 NFL Draft: Ranking every first round-graded pass catcher
Mathias Cubillan, Sports Writer • April 22, 2024

As NFL defenses have found ways to stifle scoring opportunities and keep the lid on big plays, a bigger burden falls on the pass catchers for...

Members of Aggie Replant pick up trash at Aggie Park on Feb. 5, 2024. (Photo courtesy of Mayra Puga)
Aggies come together to promote sustainability
Ayena Kaleemullah, Life & Arts Writer • April 22, 2024

As Earth Day arrives in Aggieland, talks about environmental action are growing. From planting trees to creating an impactful sustainable lifestyle,...

Texas A&M professor Dr. Christina Belanger teaches her Geology 314 class on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, in the Halbouty Geosciences Building. (CJ Smith/The Battalion)
Opinion: Stop beating the dead [virtual] horse
Eddie Phillips, Opinion Writer • April 22, 2024

Snow days were my favorite days of grade school. I would wake up extra early to stand in my living room to peer through the glass toward the...

Agriculture recruits Hispanic students


For students enrolled in high schools in the Rio Grande Valley to gain insight into the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a new outreach program that has been created to increase diversity within the college.
The program, called the Undergraduate Educational Initiative Program, targets students and their parents to inform them why minorities should enroll here.
“We want to destroy the stereotype that agriculture means migrant labor, and I am unaware of any other program that has such an extensive outreach program like ours,” said Edward Romero, assistant dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We have over 25 degree plans here at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and we want people to know that there is more than just ag production.”
According to a state mandated report from the office of Gov. Rick Perry, by the year 2040, 67 percent of college students will be Hispanic and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences wanted to find a way to reach out to this particular group.
“In our Abriendo Puertos (Opening Doors) Program, we can connect with the parents and empower them to support their children’s college access and participation efforts,” Romero said.
Romero is the co-creator of the initiative program along with Hector Aldape, who is in charge of student recruitment and works in the Valley.
The new program is supported by other programs such as Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), which is aimed at implementing initiatives and advancements of members of ethical and minority groups under represented in the field of agriculture.
Last year, the A&M chapter of MANRRS was named national chapter of the year.
“We are really proud of that award because MANRRS is a national organization and it brings us a lot of recognition,” said Cindy Garza, the chapter president.
Because of the recognition the college is receiving, last year the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences saw a 14 percent increase in minority enrollment, which is proof that the outreach is paying off,Garza said.
An important program new to the initiative program is the Master Volunteer Program, centered in Hidalgo County. The program equips parents with skills to prepare their children for higher education.
“This program has validated me that I am doing the right thing. I learned that I must continue to do more to help my child to succeed and get ready for college,” said Cristina Alaniz of Mission-La Hoya, who will be among the first of 50 parents to graduate from the Master Volunteer Program.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Battalion

Your donation will support the student journalists of Texas A&M University - College Station. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Battalion

Comments (0)

All The Battalion Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *