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DEI Committee

DEI Organizational Chart (you could spell out DEI) Level 1: Students, Faculty Staff Level 2: Activities Subcommittee Level 3: UPD Social Justice Programming Group, Heritage Month Group, Candid Conversations Group Level 2: Long-Term Planning Subcommittee Level 3: Campus Climate Surveys Group, Strategic Planning Group and Accountability, Bias and Standards Group For more information contact: snewman@tamut.edu

A photo of Barbara Adkins-Sears.

Barbara Adkins-Sears
Testing Administrator, Texas A&M University-Texarkana; Master of Science  Instructional Technology (Texas A&M University-Texarkana) Fall 2020; and Bachelor of Business and Office Administration (Ouachita Baptist University) 1991.

My tenure at A&M-Texarkana started in 2002.  Life is filled with challenges and I embrace the opportunity to support and offer insight with God’s guidance. My hope for the DEI committee is to promote open and honest campus conversation, while exploring and addressing the committee’s core values and advancing our mission and vision, as well as maintaining our sense of humanity.  I proudly serve as an officer for the Greater Texarkana Branch National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Northeast Texas Alliance for Black School Educators (NETABSE).  Barack Obama stated “Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek”.

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Alana Briley
Admissions Counselor, CROWNed Jewels Mentor, CROWN Member, University Tutor, Alpha Sigma Alpha Alumna, Alpha Chi Honor Society Member
Graduate Student majoring in Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Management

I’ve always been eager to learn about and understand different cultures and viewpoints different than my own. Many of the positions and jobs I’ve held on campus have reflected this love for diversity. As a Cultural Ambassador and American culture teacher for the International Studies Office, I had the opportunity to work with students from all over the world, and as a member of CROWN and the previous president of the Multicultural Association (MCA), I was able to share my cultural experiences with the campus community. Throughout my time on this campus, I’ve found that there’s an increasing need for understanding of various cultures and backgrounds here at our university. I’m hoping the DEI Committee will help inspire the necessary changes to help all students on campus feel welcome!


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Jaime Cantrell (she/her/hers)
Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University Texarkana and the Director of the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

She earned her M.A. in Women’s Studies in 2009 from the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. in English in 2014 from Louisiana State University with specializations in American Literature, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Southern Studies. A former Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Ole Miss, she’s been awarded library and research grants from Cornell University, Duke University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of essays and reviews appearing in Feminist Formations, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, Study the South, Notches, This Book is An Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics (UIP Press, 2015), The Bohemian South: Creating Countercultures, from Poe to Punk (UNC Press, 2017), and The Journal Homosexuality. With Amy L. Stone, she co-edited Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories published by the Queer Politics and Cultures series at SUNY Press in 2015. Dr. Cantrell serves as faculty advisor for Spectrum, the LGBTQ+ undergraduate student organization at TAMUT. Iced coffee-sipper, scone-baker, cat-lover, crawfish-peeler, festival-goer, book-reader, and garden-grower, Jaime knows what it means to miss her hometown of New Orleans.

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Wai Yuen Chan
Associate Professor in Mathematics
Texas A&M University – Texarkana 

I started teaching at TAMUT in  2017. I teach various mathematics classes from Algebra to Advanced Calculus, and Data Analytics. I am an advisor of the Math Club and advise teams to participate in mathematical modeling contests for seniors. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with my Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics. My research area is studying nonlinear partial differential equations, numerical methods, and mathematical modelings.


Catherine Coreas
19 years old and Junior Classification 
Business Administration Major - Marketing 

Serves as the Public Relation Officer for C.R.O.W.N a Women’s Organization that stands for Creating, Reclaiming, Opportunities, for Women Nationally! A CROWNed Jewels Mentor for the academic year of 2020 - 2021! Orientation Leader 2020-2021, FIrst Year Experience Academic Coach 2020-2021, Student Ambassador here at TAMUT, CAB member, and an Intern at Extrahand4u Marketing! 

Born and raised in Houston, TX and my family is from Honduras and El Salvador. Coming from an expansive city like Houston to Texarkana, TX was a culture shock but not a wrong one. It has opened myself up to the possibility of becoming more expressive, professional, intentional and available to change and people! The people and campus life have allowed me to reach for different opportunities through learning about cultures, people, resources and transformation. I always look forward to learning new things especially from individuals around me. I enjoy being at service to anything I can add value and pour into others as they do so to me. I believe that same conviction and passion is reflected in this committee and the willingness and desire to bring forth change in the community and awareness of topics that need to be addressed is admirable and worth being around!

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Emily Cutrer

I have served as President at Texas A&M Texarkana since January 2013.  After finishing a doctorate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, I began a career as a faculty member dedicated to telling the untold stories of so many Americans in my history classes.  That interest grew into a commitment for serving the underserved and providing access to higher education over the last 25 years as a university administrator.


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Jennifer Davis 
Director of International Studies at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

This role leads university global engagement efforts and focuses on expanding the global mindsets of students, faculty, and the community by overseeing study abroad development, intercultural engagement activities, and international student recruitment and retention. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Communication with the University of Arkansas in 2009, a master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication with the University of Denver in 2012, and a doctoral degree in Global Educational Leadership with Lamar University in 2019. She has previously served as Chairwoman of Greater Texarkana Young Professionals, TAMUT Staff Council Vice President, and Secretary of Study Texas. Jennifer is married to Scott Felps and they enjoy traveling and spending quality time with their two cats, Ruby and Lola.  

Darrylynn Dean


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Toney Favors
Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Recruiting for the Eagle family. 

He develops and implements recruitment and retention initiatives with the collaboration of academic and administrative departments.  He received his BBA Degree in Business Management and a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from A&M-Texarkana.  He also serves as the President of NETABSE (Northeast Texas Alliance for Black School Educators), Membership Chairman & Board member for Leadership Texarkana, and Project Manager for (PATH) Personal Achievement Through Help program for Men of Color.

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Carl Greig


Richard Hunter


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Don Koontz
Men’s & Women’s Soccer Coach
Bachelor in Exercise & Sport Science - Texas Tech University
Masters in Kinesiology (Human Health Performance) - Sul Ross State University


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Brian Matthews

Dr. Brian L. Matthews serves as a tenured-track Assistant Professor of Management and Management Program Coordinator in the College of Business, Engineering, & Technology at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. After graduating from Ashdown High School in 1997, he attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas where he, as a freshman, was inducted into the national honor society, Phi Eta Sigma. In 2001, Dr. Matthews graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. He went on to attend Harding’s graduate program that same year in August. In 2002, he graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Business Administration in Management and was inducted into Phi Beta Lambda-Future Business Leaders of America and Delta Mu Delta Honor Society. In 2012, Dr. Matthews successfully defended his dissertation and received a Doctor of Business Administration in Marketing from Argosy University, graduating magna cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. For his academic accomplishment, he was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Dr. Matthews was called and ordained as an Associate Minister at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church where he also serves as Sunday School teacher and President of Kingdom Builders Men’s Ministry.

In 2017, Dr. Matthews was nominated for a Wilbur Smith Award by Leadership Texarkana. He was also nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award for non-tenured track in 2017 and for tenured track in 2018 at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, later being awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for Mentorship in 2019. Dr. Matthews has been awarded the MODEL Award by Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Excellence in Teaching Award for Mentorship, Excellence in Teaching Award by National Society of Leadership and Success at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Outstanding Achievement in Community Service by Facing the Giants, Distinguished Gentleman’s Award by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the Dr. G. W. Thompson Professional Award by the Greater Texarkana Branch of the NAACP, the Shining Star Award by Texarkana Independent School District, Senior Marketing Award by Harding University’s College of Business Administration, and awarded to the Dean’s list while a student at Harding University.

Sabrina Melton
Accounting Major

I am a Native American from Oklahoma. I am a Resident Assistant for Bringle Lake Village as well as a Student Ambassador. I am an intern at a local CPA firm. With a busy schedule and a positive attitude, I have a priority to help others.

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Mark Missildine
Master of Science in Adult & Higher Ed, BAAS

Texarkana born & raised, I have been with TAMUT in University Advancement since 2016, where I am responsible for Alumni Relations. I’m also the advisor for the TAMUT Student Ambassador Scholarship Program. I am currently a member of the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club and I serve on the Leadership Texarkana Board of Directors. I had the honor of serving as past president of Christus St. Michael Friends of the Foundation as well as East Texas Chapter of the March of Dimes. I also served on the board of Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council and Boy Scouts of America Caddo Area Council. 

I thrive in an inclusive environment. I am honored to be a part of this group and I certainly hope that we will be able to make a positive difference on our campus as well as in our community. 

Medina Muhammad


A photo of Dr. Craig Nakashian.

Craig M Nakashian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History/Department Chair
Director, Academic Honors Program

I have been a faculty member at Texas A&M University-Texarkana since 2010. I have a PhD in History from the University of Rochester with a focus on medieval Europe, and a Masters degree in Medieval History from Durham University in the UK. I am primarily interested in medieval religious and military culture, and in 2016 I published a monograph entitled Warrior Churchmen of Medieval England, 1000-1250. In 2017 I co-edited a scholarly volume entitled Prowess, Piety, and Public Order: Essays in Honor of Richard W. Kaeuper which brought together 19 articles covering those aspects of medieval society. Currently I am co-editing a volume on the role of cities in medieval warfare. 

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Jennifer Perez
Admissions Counselor II
Master of Science in Adult & Higher Education with a tentative graduation of May 2021
Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences in Organizational Leadership, May 2014
Texas A&M University - Texarkana

My ongoing passion is serving others! I still believe in the idea of hard work, and integrity for the win! I enjoy celebrating the passions of different cultures, traveling abroad, and earth friendly practices. Outside of me, my biggest accomplishments are my three littles: Ayda Nouvel (11), Drew Boatner (4) and Carlen Knox (1). 


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Corey Robinson


Bai Senecky-Sai


Trenton Steward


Alvaro Valdez


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Kristy Whisenhunt
Corporal, University Police Department
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, May 2007, Stephen F. Austin State University

I’ve been married 21 years to a wonderful man, Monte, who is not only amazing as a person, but also as a Texas State Trooper.  I am currently taking classes at TAMUT and am scheduled to graduate in July 2021 with my MBA.  I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person, so I honestly have no idea what, if anything I will do with my MBA.  I love new challenges and I love changes, so who knows what the future holds for me.  No matter what it is, I’m excited!


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