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JANUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER

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For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.

The plan includes suggestions for readings, podcasts, videos, observations, and ways to form and deepen community connections. To view the suggested categories, click here.

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The Campus Community Response Team (CCRT) is a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students committed to fostering a campus community that values diversity, freedom of expression, and promotes inclusive excellence by raising awareness regarding relevant issues concerning bias-related incidents on campus.

This year, the CCRT has developed a new campaign “KNOW BETTER. DO BETTER.” to help address biases, assumptions, and stereotypical behaviors by encouraging self-reflection, empathy, and self-education. If you are interested in sharing a story of how you identified a biased practice, assumption, or stereotypical belief and what you did to change this practice, belief, or behavior, please fill out the questionnaire. The goal of the campaign is to teach others how we can educate ourselves to be more inclusive on our campus and in our lives.

If selected, your story will be told using a 1-2 minute video-taped narrative to help encourage our campus community to “KNOW BETTER. DO BETTER.”  All volunteer participants will be notified if the story is selected. More details to follow.

Thanks for considering this opportunity to help our campus.

For more information, contact Stephen Dominy @ stephen.dominy@tcu.edu.

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes Dr. Florencio Aranda, III from South Dakota State University as the new Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. Learn more about Dr. “Flo” here.

 

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We welcome Ms. Torrey-Sawyer to her new interim role.

Mrs. Aisha Torrey-Sawyer, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, has agreed to serve as Interim Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Chief Inclusion Officer.

Her experience as a key member of the ODI team and as a progressive leader in TCU’s inclusive excellence efforts ensure an unwavering focus on the priority of diversity, equity, and inclusion at TCU.

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UPCOMING SPEAKERS

Lee Merritt, Esq.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Texas Christian University presents, Lee Merritt, Esq. an American civil rights lawyer, who will serve as the keynote speaker for Black History Month.

Merritt is a leading and influential new voice in the fight for Social Justice. A dedicated civil rights activist and trial attorney, Merritt runs a high profile national practice focusing on victims of police brutality, hate crimes, and corporate discrimination. As an activist, he has championed police reform and community empowerment.

The forum will take place on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Merritt will discuss his biography and what brought him to where he is today. The forum will also extend into Merritt’s roles in the recent murders of Atatiana Jefferson, Botham Jean, and Ahmaud Arbery. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion looks forward to sharing this moment with you.

Register Here

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Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. 

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Virtual

Register Here: Click Here

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Kimberlé Crenshaw

Intersectionality,” a term coined by speaker Kimberlé Crenshaw, calls attention to the multiple forces that create and sustain power and privilege in American society—and contribute to the discrimination and oppression of minority groups. One-dimensional approaches to social justice advocacy continue to divide key constituencies into distant and sometimes competing interests. Nowhere is this division more clearly visible than in discourses surrounding racial and gender bias in the workplace, where one-dimensional approaches often render the experiences of women of color unintelligible.

Date: April 14, 2021

Time: 6 pm – 7pm

More information on the registration to follow

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NEWS AND HIGHLIGHTS

 

Kaleidoscope Employee Resource Group

Kaleidoscope provides opportunities for faculty and staff to come together to learn about multicultural and societal related events, issues, and topics. The group focuses on learning more about anti-racism, white privilege, cultural competence, bias and unconscious bias, and the social and political climate at a historically white institution.

To learn more or get connected to Kaleidoscope, please contact David Sommers at D.SOMMERS@tcu.edu.

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to the Welcome Back Faculty, Staff, and Students of Color Virtual Mixer. Come out to meet and interact with faculty, staff, and students of color on TCU’s campus as we begin our Spring 2021 semester. 

What: Welcome Back Faculty, Staff, and Students of Color Virtual Mixer

Where: Virtual

When: Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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RACE AND RECONCILIATION WEEK  – Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26, 2021

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Embrace Your Story: Bring Your Whole Self to STEM

Hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science at TCU.

Bringing Your Whole Self to STEM. The symposium will include Concurrent Sessions (a diverse group of professionals in various STEM fields, including a Native American professional, will speak), breakout sessions, and a cultural expo. Sponsored by several TCU student organizations and faculty, led by Sophia Garcia. 

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SPRING 2021 TRAININGS OFFERED

The following are training offered to TCU faculty and staff.

February 2021 

February 3, 2021 – Microaggressions 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

March 2021

March 4, 2021 – Unconscious Bias 9:00 am -11:00 am

April 2021 

April 13, 2021- Microaggressions 10: 00 am – 12:00 pm

May 2021 

May 10, 2021 – Unconscious Bias 2:00 pm -4:00 pm

To enroll in the workshops go to my.tcu.edu – my employee center.

Registration will become available closer to the date of the session. 

Please contact Dr. “Flo” at  florencio.aranda@tcu.edu for more information on registration.

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