Cultural Diversity Examined at A&M

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One of the hot-button topics on Texas A&M's campus was the subject of a panel discussion Monday night.

A variety of university leaders gathered to discuss ways to increase tolerance of culturally diverse students at the school. The meeting was called in response to the growing perception that there is some discrimination of certain students. Those are based on complaints and crimes on and around campus.

"I believe that a lot of the prejudice that we confront and discrimination is rooted in ignorance," said Antonio Caraballo, an undergraduate advisor with the Department of Hispanic Studies.

"What we need to do is educate students here at Texas A&M that there is no excuse to have these kind of views, and if you do have these kind of views, there is a time to change," added Roxanne Longoria, the president of the Hispanic President's Council.

Panelists suggested changing student orientation programs to include more diversity lessons, and bringing stories of discrimination forward the issues can be dealt with.