John N. Singer, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Dr. John N. Singer (PhD, Ohio State University) has served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in SEHD since 2019. His primary responsibility in this role is to provide thought leadership and strategic oversight for SEHD on matters related to climate, recruitment, retention, and equity and help coordinate efforts across SEHD to address these and other relevant matters. He has been a faculty member in the sport management program since 2006, where his research has focused on diversity and social justice in and thru sport organizations and the academy/higher education. He is author of the book, Race, Sports, and Education: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Black Male College Athletes (2019, Harvard Education Press). Dr. Singer has for several years now taught the diversity in sport course (undergraduate and graduate levels), and a qualitative research seminar that he developed for the sport management doctoral program upon his hire to the faculty at Texas A&M University.
Amea Thompson is currently a second-year masters student studying Public Service & Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management at the Bush School. Amea currently serves as a Bush Board Fellow for the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce. Amea earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Valdosta State University. Amea was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia – she finds joy in creating a diverse environment that is inclusive of students of a multitude of identities, experiences, and perspectives.
Willie “C.J.” Harmon, Jr.
Dean’s CARE Intern and Program Aide
Willie “C.J.” Harmon, Jr. is a doctoral candidate of Curriculum & Instruction (Urban Education) in the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture at Texas A&M Univerity.
His research agenda fills gaps in extant literature related to the development of critical consciousness among Black men and boys across the P-20 context and the educational needs of military-connected youth. As an educator and master’s level community social worker with 15 years of experience, C.J. is a strong advocate for racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Faculty Leadership Fellow
Dr. Erinn Whiteside is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of special education in the Educational Psychology department. Before coming to A&M for the professor position, she worked in clinics, provided in-home behavioral services, served as an elementary special education teacher, and a school consultant for challenging behavior. Her areas of interest are supporting challenging behavior, promoting effective small group instruction, and supporting pre- and in-service special educators. Most recently, her passion projects include providing training for paraprofessional in Texas who serve students with autism, leading a book club for SPED students designed to foster tough conversations, and working with current in-service SPED teachers.
OIE Support Staff
Nicole Parker (MPSA, Bush School of Government & PHR- SHRIM) has served the SEHD Office of Inclusive Excellence since 2020 providing support and service to the team, as well as acting as liaison to her primary role in the Office of Faculty Affairs, where she services faculty promotion, tenure, faculty training, and faculty performance evaluation at the Dean’s level. Her capstone thesis in graduate school was the economic recovery of unincorporated areas in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and she brings over 16 years’ experience at TAMU system, having served at both the Galveston and Qatar campuses. Nicole is passionate about inclusion and equality and was part of a nationally award-winning Diversity Office (CVM) prior to joining the SEHD team.
Zane Biggs currently serves in the SEHD Office of Faculty Affairs. Zane’s passion for people is well-served in his current work, which centers faculty hiring, onboarding, and retention. Prior to joining the Office of Faculty Affairs, Zane served as the Staff Co-Chair of the Climate and Diversity Committee in the Department of Kinesiology and Sport Management (formerly Health and Kinesiology). In addition to his current role, Zane also serves as the President of Aggie Allies, an organization focused on making Bryan/College Station and Texas A&M University a better home for members of the LGBTQIA+ Community.