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Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility

Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives (IIE-SI) leads the University in cultivating equitable opportunities and experiences to empower underrepresented Bobcats while educating the diverse student body to thrive in an evolving global society.  We're committed to providing cutting edge knowledge and skills to prepare students for leadership in a culturally diverse and global society.

Goals for us to accomplish

Provide opportunities for underrepresented students to acquire skills needed to thrive in a culturally diverse and global society.

To Achieve Equality at Texas State

Provide culturally sensitive, holistic co-curricular support services to underrepresented students.

Excellence In Programing

Develop and coordinate programs and services to retain underrepresented students through degree completion/success through retention initiatives.

Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives (IIE-SI) History

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  • In August 1983, Texas State established the Minority Affairs Program (MAP), charged with the following primary responsibilities:

    1. To recruit achievement-oriented minority group students and decrease the disparity between the proportion of white and minority high school graduates entering the undergraduate study;
    2. To initiate a total student development program for minority group students from recruitment through graduation;
    3. To initiate and develop a viable retention program for minority students; In 1985, increasing interest in minority programming for Texas State promoted the need for additional responsibilities for the office of Minority Programs, to include the following:
    4. To write proposals and to assist others in writing proposals to obtain grant and/or gift support for the university's minority interests;
    5. To administer and direct grant-funded programs associated with providing educational opportunities for minority students and prospective students;
    6. To serve as the coordinating office for all university programs dealing with minority students, prospective students, and the selected minority groups.
  • The name was changed from the Minority Affairs Program (MAP) to Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA).  On September 1, 2013, the name was changed from Multicultural Student Affairs to the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion. The MAP office was charged with competing for federally-funded programs while continuing to support the existing programs on campus. The SDI office assists low-income, first generation, underrepresented students and students with disabilities to complete college. Services offered under these programs are made available to currently enrolled underrepresented students meeting the participant criteria. Aside from direct benefit, underrepresented students benefit from funded programs indirectly as a result of work study employment, peer counseling and tutoring opportunities.

    On June 25, 2020, The name change to Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives (IIE-SI) was made to more suitably convey the scope of the department's mission and better positions it within the broader community of diversity professionals.  The office has experienced significant growth in services and outreach to historically underrepresented student populations.  Additionally, the office has incorporated retention initiatives, programs and services for student veterans, LGBTQIA students, underrepresented males and first-generation students.

  • Considerable benefits to the institution are implied as a direct result of bringing federal programs to campus. The university increases its visibility locally as well as nationally thus establishing a track record of commitment to equal educational opportunity. The university also accrues funds used to support (partially or totally) supplemental underrepresented recruitment/retention activities.


Texas State | Birthplace of TRIO

TRIO is a set of federally funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree. More than 900,000 low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities are served by over 3,100 programs nationally. Within the state of Texas, TRIO serves over 62,000 students. TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. TRIO also provides direct support services for students, and relevant training for directors and staff.

Created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and the Higher Education Act of 1965 signed on the Texas State Campus by our most famous Alumnus President Lyndon B Johnson, TRIO Programs focus on outreach and student service to identify and provide services for underrepresented students across the country.  Today, TRIO has surpassed 1 billion dollars in annual funding, serving over 62,000 students in Texas and over 900,000 students nationally.  With bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, TRIO Programs are projected to continue to grow, providing greater opportunity for students in all 50 states.

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IIE-FSI & Texas State University

“First and foremost, achieving true inclusivity in our university community is not the responsibility of any one office or team; rather, our entire institution is responsible for contributing to our culture, and demonstrating a commitment to equity and inclusion in everything we do -- at every level. 

Academic excellence and student success are the end goals at Texas State, and supporting our diverse student body is fundamental to achieving these goals. Everything we hope to achieve through DE&I initiatives -- offering tailored student programming and support, hiring and retaining diverse faculty and staff, and providing cultural competency training to faculty and staff, and beyond -- maps back to academic excellence and student success.” 

Dr. Denise Trauth – “Transition of diversity, equity, and inclusion” – June 25, 2020


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