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A&M System announces compliance with anti-DEI directive

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Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp attends the Class of 1972 50-year reunion in Kyle Field on April 20, 2022.

Following a directive from university system Chancellor John Sharp, all Texas A&M system schools and institutions will be removing diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, statements from their employment and admission practices.

On the afternoon of March 2, the Texas A&M University System released a statement announcing the removal of DEI statements in response to a Feb. 6 letter received from the Office of the Governor. Upon receiving the letter from Gov. Abbott’s chief of staff, Sharp ordered all A&M System institutions to review their employment and admissions practices in order to ensure compliance.

“No university or agency in the A&M System will admit any student, nor hire any employee based on any factor other than merit,” Sharp said, in the press release.

Now, the system-wide directive will limit all faculty and staff positions to only allow applicants to submit a cover letter, statements about their research and teaching philosophies, their curriculum vitae and a list of professional references. Additionally, all A&M system schools and agencies must modify all websites and printed materials regarding employment or admission practices to be compliant with the new directive.

“The Texas A&M University System will continue its land grant mission by ensuring Texans from all walks of life are served by our institutions,” Sharp said. “We believe serving Texas can be accomplished best by recruiting the brightest and most qualified students, faculty and staff.”

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Ana Renfroe
Ana Renfroe, Head News Editor
Ana Renfroe, Class of 2025, is a journalism junior with a minor in professional writing from Bryan, Texas. Ana has served as The Battalion's head news editor from May 2023 to May 2024. Previously, she was the assistant news editor for the spring 2023 semester. Ana has covered breaking news, politics, and more. She typically covered the Texas A&M System and university administration, Texas and Bryan-College Station politics, student government and more. Ana previously hosted and produced episodes of The Batt Signal, The Battalion's news podcast. Additionally, she was a copyeditor and feature writer for Maroon Life magazine, and helped contribute to the Aggieland Yearbook.
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