The Texas NAACP will meet at Tarleton Saturday in the Thompson Student Center, Ballroom A. President F. Dominic Dottavio will welcome the members and attendees to campus.?Tarleton’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting the business meeting, which is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to the public.?Gary Bledsoe, a lawyer and president of the Texas NAACP, said the organization was looking forward to visiting Tarleton and Stephenville.  ?“There is a great deal of history associated with this community that is very important to all Texans,” he said. “It is our hope to deal with some important issues while learning more about the history and recent events in this area that are associated with civil and human rights.”?Attendees will include student members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s programs, including MENtal Freedom, Bold, and Multicultural Ambassadors as well as the Minority Student Leaders organization.?The NAACP was founded in 1909 with the mission “to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”?“Welcoming the Texas NAACP to our campus provides an opportunity for our students to examine the current and historical impacts of a powerful civil rights organization,” said Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason, the director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and associate professor of communication studies. “We are pleased to see opportunities for student networking and the start of a strong partnership with the Texas NAACP.”?For more information about the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, visit or contact the office at 254-968-9488 or email