Excellence uniting Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL) is a student organization and student success program designed to help new students find academic, social, and personal balance at Texas A&M. ExCEL assists students interested in engaging with the Black or African American Aggie community in making a smooth transition during the first year as an Aggie, through a conference in mid August before school starts, cultivating relationships between peers and mentors, providing a sense of belonging, offering academic personal support, and serving as a resource.
ExCEL will launch with a conference the week before school starts. During the conference, students become familiar with the year-long program, as they are assigned upper-class peer mentors and a peer group. The Conference consists of motivational speakers, dialogue within the peer groups, developmental series focused on personal development and community, and meet and greet mentor activities.
Following the conference, academic, social, and cultural activities begin through the close of the spring semester. Activities include a community events, seminar series covering topics relevant to African American students, mentor engagement activities, community service projects, and socials!