Current and ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
In October 2017, the DEI Committee presented recommendations to Chancellor Victor Boschini that were based on the committee’s careful study of current practices and assessment of immediate needs.
The following recommendations were immediately approved:
- Establishment of Faculty Diversity Advocates in each College/School
- Establishment of the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which is dedicated to diversifying the academy
- Launch of annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award
- Increased number of incoming Community Scholars
- Establishment of STEM Scholar Program (inaugural class matriculates in summer 2018)
- The hiring of Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives
- Establishment of a commemorative plaque to acknowledge and pay respect to Wichita and Affiliated Tribes upon whose historical lands TCU is located. Dedication October 15, 2018.
- University membership in National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity Faculty Success Program
Personalized Training Offered by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion partnered with administrative and academic units to enhance, develop and implement employee professional development that supports a climate of equity and inclusion for the overall college community to live, work and interact productively in an increasingly diverse and complex world.
January- Residential Life training for hall directors: “Unconscious Bias in Recruitment and Hiring”
August 15- Presentation to College Diversity Advocates: “Cultural Proficiency Continuum”
September 20- Young Chancellor’s Advisory Council: “Unconscious Bias”
September 27- Chancellor’s Advisory Council: “Unconscious Bias”
October 16- UNLF Class presentations: DEI at TCU
December 12- Intercultural Conflict
January 10- Resident Assistant staff training: “Unconscious Bias: Exploring Blind Spots for Understanding”
February 18- TCU Retirees Association: DEI Presentation and Q & A
February 21- TCU College of Science & Engineering (dean’s staff): “Unconscious Bias: Exploring Blind Spots for Understanding”
February 26- CEO Diversity in Action Program: “Flip the Script”
February 27- Leaders to Life: “Interrupting Microaggressions in the Millennium”
March 3- TCU faculty and staff: “Unconscious Bias: Exploring Blind Spots for Understanding”
Faculty and Staff of Color Welcome Reception
Each fall, a reception is held to welcome and connect faculty and staff of color. The reception allows employees to meet each other and offer updates regarding campus initiatives. Chancellor Victor Boschini attends this event each year.
Faculty Staff Student Mixer
The TCU student chapter NAACP and ODI hosted a student, faculty, staff mixer in Fall 2019. This allowed faculty, staff, and students of color to meet and mingle. Faculty and staff also had an opportunity to offer advice to navigate a successful college experience and answer questions from students.
“Check Your Blind Spots” Mobile Tour
A total of 267 faculty, staff, and students participated in the “Check Your Blind Spots” tour experience in April 2019, sponsored by CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion. The “Check Your Blind Spots” is part of a national effort to explore and mitigate unconscious bias—aka blind spots—that can shape our judgments about people. The tour uses virtual reality and gamification techniques to address personal biases and drive inclusive behaviors. It also exposed participants to the nuances of unconscious bias to change behaviors. The story aired on CBS 11 News.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Luncheon co-sponsorship with Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services and ODI. Guest Speaker Dr. Bianka Soria-Olmos, TCU Class of 2007, discussed her journey through medicine.
Dr. Luis Romero, assistant professor of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies gave a presentation titled “Crimmigration: Origins and Consequences in The United States Intersections of Criminal Law and Immigration Law.” He discussed how the nation entered the current crimmigration regime and his work on immigration detention.
Unlikely Allies in the Academy Luncheon and Workshop
The book Unlikely Allies: Women of Color and White Women in the Academy was provided to faculty and staff who participated in the summer reading program. Dr. Karen L. Dace, the editor of the book and Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at IUPUI, shared her insights on the important topic of allyship. Dr. Dace, who discussed the relationship dynamics in the book, led a small group discussion proceeding the luncheon.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion Tailgate
In appreciation of everyone’s efforts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion thanked the campus community for its commitment and support in developing, hosting and encouraging more inclusive programs and strategies at TCU by hosting a tailgate social before the Baylor vs. TCU home game.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon
The Jan. 15 luncheon,” A Call to Action: Continuing the Dream,” reflected on the history and significance of Dr. King’s legacy. This inaugural celebration included a historical and inspirational message by Bob Ray Sanders and a performance by TCU Word of Truth Gospel Choir.