The University of Texas System recommended each component create a core committee with the responsibility
of focusing on ways to support and increase the number of minority faculty and administrators.
President Stobo created the Core Committee for the Support of Underrepresented Ethnic Groups in 1997 as a result.
He charged the committee with the responsibility to design strategies that would aid in the recruitment and retention
of minority persons in faculty and administrative positions at UTMB. Additionally, the committee was charged with the
task of encouraging and supporting activities which seek to improve relationships between majority and minority staff.