"I take as my guide the hope of a saint. In crucial things -- unity; in important things -- diversity; in all things, generosity."
- President George H.W. Bush, Inaugural address
A strong, demonstrable presence of diversity in our faculty, staff, students, administrators, and supporters
An environment where the opportunity to fully participate does not inappropriately or unintentionally depend on elements of an individual’s identity
An equitable environment where success depends on work effort and contributions that advance the mission of the University
Juan M. Pintor, INTA ’15
Rebecca K. Lesemann, PSAA '15
Priscilla R. Barbour, PSAA '16
The minority enrollment at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, reached a record-setting 24 percent this fall.
Bush School faculty and students have increased efforts in diversity and inclusion planning and recruitment in recent years through a range of programs and initiatives. As a result, minority enrollment has continue to increase each year.
Scholarships and financial assistance are available to all Bush School students. All full-time, resident Bush School students receive financial assistance. The Bush School provides a number of merit and criteria-based financial awards for students to support their graduate study. Both domestic and international students are eligible for consideration, unless otherwise noted.More information about financial assistance at the Bush School
The Bush School Diversity Committee is a student-led organization that is part of the Student Government Association. Its purpose is to provide both a forum for and community of students to discuss issues relating to diversity and inclusion. Previous initiatives have included monthly "Brown Bag Lecture Series" talks that brought in speakers to discuss issues regarding race, gender identity, the concept of privilege, and women's rights; a "Big Bushie/Little Bushie" program to help introduce first years into the school community; language tutoring and social outreach to Bush School international students; and social outings.
The Bush School of Government and Public Service and Texas A&M University are committed to providing resources to students and faculty of all backgrounds. A wide number of organizations, institutions, and advocacy groups are available on the campus.
The Diversity Committee Brown Bag Lecture Series are monthly lunchtime talks organized by the student-run Diversity Committee. Speakers are brought in from within and out of the university community to provide different perspectives on issues surrounding diversity, including gender, race, discrimination, and multiculturalism.
The Bush School faculty come from many diverse backgrounds and bring varied perspectives to the fields of international affairs and public administration. They strive to enable students to view the world in new ways and challenge their existing assumptions.
The Bush School Diversity Committee develops and maintains the Bush School Diversity Plan. It promotes initiatives to support diverse faculty, staff, and students within the Bush School. The Committee compiles information and observations consistent with annual reporting requirements of the University Diversity Plan due December 1 annually. Additionally, the Committee offers guidance for Bush School admissions to connect with Historically Black and Hispanic-Serving Institutions within the Texas A&M System and similar institutions across the state and the country. It provides recommendations on how to engage community leaders and the former Bush School student/alumni national network to highlight the importance of diversity concerns for current and future public servants.
Domonic Bearfield, Associate Professor
Gregory Gause (ex officio), Department Head of International Affairs Department and Professor
Blease Graham, Chair, Assistant Dean of Assessment and Diversity Initiatives
Kathryn Meyer, Director of Recruitment and Admissions
Laurie Paarlberg, Associate Professor
Gabriela Marin Thornton, Instructional Associate Professor
Matthew Upton, Assistant Dean
William West (ex officio), Acting Department Head of Public Service Administration Department and Professor