Support a United Texas A&M - Support Jose Luis Zelaya for VP of Diversity
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Support a United Texas A&M - Support Jose Luis Zelaya for VP of Diversity

    1. Camden Breeding
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      Camden Breeding

      MO City, TX

Texas A&M Student Government Vice President for Diversity hopeful, Jose Luis Zelaya, was blocked from the position by the Texas A&M Student Senate Wednesday night after his immigration status was brought up. Jose Luis has been an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and social justice since he first entered Texas A&M and is without doubt the most highly qualified individual for the position.

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"Off-campus senator Chris Russo said the concern raised about Zelaya’s immigration status was about the appearance it would have on Student Government, the potential for a scandal and the possibility that Zelaya would be unable to perform his duties because of the “state of affairs” in the U.S." -The Battalion

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""Eleven years ago, I had nothing. I was homeless. My home was a bridge," [Jose Luis] said..."People told me I couldn't graduate from high school, that I couldn't go to college," he said.

Zelaya earned a bachelor's degree from A&M in December and led the invocation at the graduation ceremony...He enrolled in January as a graduate student at A&M seeking a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, specializing in English as a Second Language." -Houston Chronicle

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Zelaya came four votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for confirmation, with 20 senators dissenting.

Let's make a statement to the Texas A&M Student Senate. Let's UNITE behind Jose Luis, let's show that he WILL make Texas A&M a more welcoming a accepting place for all, that Texas A&M is a place of opportunity for all people, and that one's immigration status does not define one's integrity, passion, or competence. Please take 1 minute to add your name to the call for justice. Support Jose Luis Zelaya for a United Texas A&M.

 

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    • Leonel Marquez HOUSTON, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Por La Patria Latino Americana!!!!

      Leo "Huasteco" Marquez '14

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    • Demetria McBride COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      He is a true example of the American dream: overcoming all odds to achieve what statistics said he shouldn't have been able to.

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    • Fatima Burgueno BEAUMONT, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Aggie Class of '09; I'm ashamed to hear that he has been blocked the opportunity to be VP of DIVERSITY, of all things, because of his legal status. He should have the right to SHOW what diversity really is by occupying the role.

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    • William Wang PLANO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do.

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    • Blaine Balliett COLLEGE STATION, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      I am honored to call him one of my friends. If you talk to him for five minutes then you would know he is the right person for the position.

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