Dustdevil Diversity & Inclusion

With over 8,400 students enrolled and some 31 countries represented in its combined undergraduate-graduate population (the largest number coming from México), Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) celebrates the "International" in its name proudly. It also promotes Diversity, Equity and Inclusion not only on campus but everywhere Dustdevils go! Join us in celebrating the diversity that you bring to TAMIU. Get a glimpse of other cultures, traditions and thoughts. Get involved in events. Open your eyes to an exciting new world.

Visit our Dustdevil Diversity Spotlight Series page to find out inspirations and accomplishments of our Dustdevil community, immerse yourself in our dedicated Heritage pages, or scan our research page for studies and publications by our diverse faculty members.

Browse TAMIU's Social Justice Leadership Series to learn more.

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Leadership requires Empathy, Knowledge, and skill
Browse TAMIU's International Leadership Series to learn more.

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Heritage Month Highlight

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Hispanic Heritage Month

In 1968, Hispanic Heritage Week was started under the presidency of President Lyndon Johnson. It was then expanded to a 30-day celebration in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. It was then enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15. During this time, the United States celebrates the American Hispanic community with various celebrations that take place around the country through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, music, dances, and much more. Hispanic Heritage Month honors the histories, cultures, and contributions of hispanics who live in the United states and their ancestors who may come from México, Spain, the Carribbean and Central and South America.

September 15 is significant because it represents the anniversary of Independence for Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. México and Chile celebrate their Independence days on September 16 and September 18. Another significant date is Día de La Raza, which is also celebrated on October 12.

TAMIU, one of the Top 10 Colleges with the Most HIspanic Students in the nation, proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a full offering of engaging lectures, presentations and activities. Anchoring the calendar of activities during Hispanic Heritage Month will be the lauch of TAMIU's first-ever "Discover Cultures, Diverse Humanities" Lecture Series, funded by a Humanities Texas grant. TAMIU invites all to participate in the social-cultural enrichment events planned throughout the month.


TAMIU Inclusion Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Committee

We are currently planning the 2021 African American History Month celebrations. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate in our upcoming meetings and suggest events. For more information on how to join, please contact Committee Dr. Peter Haruna at pharuna@tamiu.edu or Mika Akikuni at makikuni@tamiu.edu

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

El Grito

El Grito

September 16
7-9 p.m., Student Center Green

Our annual El Grito celebration will be taking place next week on Thursday, September 16th from 6:00-9:00pm! We will be celebrating with performances from TAMIU Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi Internacional. There will be free food and fun contests to participate in! It's open to the PUBLIC. Come join the Campus Activities Board and celebrate with us!

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"Diverse Cultures, Diverse Humanities" Lecture Series

September 16 - Oct. 14
7 p.m; Virtual

Anchoring the calendar of activities during Hispanic Heritage Month will be the launch of TAMIU's first-ever "Diverse Cultures, Diverse Humanities" Lecture Series, funded by a Humanities Texas grant. The first three events of the seven-art series share a thematic focus on issues related to diversity in the humanities.

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"Femicide: An Ongoing Human Rights Challenge in Latin America"

September 17
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Student Center BallRoom

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Past Event Highlights

Lift Every Voice

Mayan Archaeoastronomy


500 Years of La Llorona


Dive into a New World 

“One of the beauties of art is that it reflects an artist's entire life.”

- Andy Goldsworthy


Who doesn’t love to relax and explore a new world through a book while listening to music and enjoying a snack on the side? And yes, it can all be done at the same time! Here, we introduce you to authors, music and recipes from here and all over the planet that add to our collective thoughts, voice and way of enjoying life.


Cabaneulas: A Novel book cover.

Kamala's Way: An American Life

The Kamala Harris the public knows today is tough, smart, quick-witted, and demanding. She’s a prosecutor—her one-liners are legendary—but she’s more reticent when it comes to sharing much about herself, even in her memoirs. Fortunately, former Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Morain has been there from the start.

In Kamala’s Way, he charts her career from its beginnings handling child molestation cases and homicides for the Alameda County District Attorney’s office and her relationship as a twenty-nine-year-old with the most powerful man in the state: married Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, a relationship that would prove life-changing. Morain takes readers through Harris’s years in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, explores her audacious embrace of the little-known Barack Obama, and shows the sharp elbows she deployed to make it to the US Senate. He analyzes her failure as a presidential candidate and the behind-the-scenes campaign she waged to land the Vice President spot. Along the way, he paints a vivid picture of her values and priorities, the kind of people she brings into her orbit, the sorts of problems she’s good at solving, and the missteps, risks, and bold moves she’s made on her way to the top.

About the Author

Dan Morain has covered California policy, politics, and justice-related issues for more than four decades, including twenty-seven years at the Los Angeles Times and eight at The Sacramento Bee, where he was editorial page editor.

Taste of Life

Each culture has a rich culinary aspect to it. Taken from faculty and students, a new recipe will be posted periodically to give you the chance to embrace a new culture. Bookmark this page to stay up to date.

Recipe food dish

Jollof Rice

Jollof rice is a fragrant and delicious, one-pot rice dish popular in many West African countries such as The Gambia, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Togo and Mali. It is also called 'reddish one-pot dish' and varies in these countries.

Jollof rice traditionally consists of rice, cooking oil, vegetables such as tomato, onion, red pepper, garlic, ginger and scotch bonnet. To enhance the color of the dish, tomato paste is added. As seasoning spices, salt, seasoning and stock cubes (a blend of flavour enhancers, salt, nutmeg and herbs), curry powder and dried thyme are used. To complement the dish, chicken, turkey, beef or fish are often served with the dish.

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