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The AAG is pleased to bestow an annual award honoring geographers who have pioneered efforts toward or actively participated in efforts toward encouraging a more diverse discipline over the course of several years.

This year, we are proud to award Wendy Jepson with the AAG Enhancing Diversity Award.

Dr. Jepson teaches Environmental Justice at Texas A&M University, sharing in her students an understanding of the economic and social problems inherent in environmental inequalities.

Wendy keenly understands the importance of increasing diversity in our discipline. In her role as Chair of the Texas A&M University Faculty Senate Committee on Diversity she has contributed to diversifying both faculty and student bodies.  As director of undergraduate education in her department, she is spearheading a renewed recruiting effort to bring in diverse students. Wendy has also been working closely as a mentor to students who are the first in their family to attend college, as well as their parents.

For her service to diversity and as an active participant in efforts to achieve excellence through equality and inclusion, the AAG recognizes Wendy Jepson.