I’m in Latino Males United, an organization in which I mentor freshmen Latino males. Much of my research ties into my presentation for the RISE Conference. I mentor many undocumented students, and I often see and talk with them about their fears and how it affects their educational experience. I try to support them by being a leader, and I do my best to help them become leaders.

Joshua Martin '18, RISE Conference Fellow

Major: Political Science

In high school, I used to think that leadership meant being the person willing to do all the work. Through my undergraduate experience at Texas A&M, I’ve learned to take a seat more often and let other voices be heard. That ties into my research of representation for people of color — primarily actors nominated for Academy Awards. I think that’s why diversity is so important. It draws historically underrepresented groups into the conversation.

Jessica Mason '18, RISE Conference Fellow (left)

Major: Psychology

RISE Conference & Fellowship

Texas A&M University Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) Initiative is a year-long program that provides students with a better understanding of race, identity and social equity in higher education.

The RISE Fellowship includes an annual conference and fellowship opportunity that provides undergraduate students from various disciplines an opportunity to conduct research with emphasis on race, identity and social equity.

Students are selected to attend the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, and each spring semester present their research at the TAMU RISE Conference.  Applicants are selected based on their interests and achievements in academia and leadership.

By Justin Ikpo, Communications Coordinator
Department of Multicultural Services

As a student leader for the Aggie Forensic Investigative Science Organization, it is my duty to get the word out that forensics isn’t just for a specific groups of people. Through my research, I want to show that forensic sciences are more accepting and inclusive to gender and transgender minorities. I want people to know that this profession is achievable, and that people from all backgrounds can find those who look like them in the workplace.

Fatimah Bouderdaben '19, RISE Conference Fellow

Major: Forensics & Investigative Sciences