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Strategic Plan

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Attract.

Enhance recruiting and retention of under-represented students, especially students of color by:

  • Developing comprehensive strategic plan to diversify and retain students by identifying immediate and long-term action steps
  • Adopting a strategic goal of increasing the percentage of diverse enrollment for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Allocating resources for new programs that would enhance recruitment and retention

Enhance recruiting and retention of under-represented faculty and staff, especially faculty and staff of color by:

  • Adopting a strategic goal of increasing the percentage of under-represented faculty and staff, especially faculty and staff of color
  • Developing a comprehensive strategic plan to diversify our faculty and staff population by identifying immediate and long-term action steps
  • Expanding faculty and staff pathways to university leadership in mid-and upper-level administration
  • Committing to language in each job posting for that affirms the University’s commitment to creating diverse and inclusive campus environment.
  • Identifying positions that would require candidates to submit a statement and philosophy of diversity and inclusion to the search committee or hiring manager
  • Developing and following a “Best Practices for Faculty and Staff Searches” policy document to increase the pool of applicants from under-represented populations
  • Examining tenure and promotion processes to uncover and address potential biases
  • Examining the potential negative impact of electronic student evaluations (E-Spots) on female faculty and faculty of color

Teach.

Bolster curriculum, training and other academic initiatives that promote an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion by:

  • Ensuring students graduate with intercultural competence by implementing a DEI Essential Competency in our Core Curriculum
  • Committing sufficient resources (faculty and staff lines, administrative support, office space, operating budgets) for departments and programs that contribute and support the mission on DEI
  • Providing learning and development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students on promoting an inclusive environment
  • Offering workshops on prevention of unconscious bias and micro-aggressions for all TCU employees and incentivize active, consistent participation across campus
  • Adopting consistent messaging at new hire and student orientation conveying the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion to TCU’s mission
  • Allocating resources for new staff dedicated to training in the Office of Inclusion, Koehler Center for Teaching Excellence and Human Resources
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Reach.

Increase outreach and engagement with external communities and schools with large proportions of under-represented groups by:

  •  Systematically collecting data about the practices of each college, department or unit regarding outreach to underrepresented groups in Fort Worth and the surrounding community
  • Providing more access to under-represented groups in the community by building pathway to connection and fostering a sense of belonging.
  • Including feedback loop from underserved communities to allow TCU to hear how we are perceived and to make adjustments with outreach, as needed
  • Being intentional about creating curricular and co-curricular opportunities to serve as a resource to underserved communities

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Embrace.

Promote a campus environment that is welcoming for all and free of bias by:

  • Requiring departments and student organizations to consider diversity and inclusion when planning events and collaborating with diverse organizations to reach a wide range of students
  • Incorporating TCU’s diversity vision and mission into the University’s branding
  • Encouraging each unit to examine its practices to ensure all individuals feel welcomed, respected, valued and supported
  • Sharing climate survey results in order to identify areas for growth and improvement
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