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SPRING 2022 NEWSLETTER

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Welcome (back) to YOUR Hillel | Western Hillel

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion welcomes you back to a much-anticipated Spring 2022!

Here’s what we have in store for the year this semester.

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. LUNCHEON FEATURING RON KIRK

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Ambassador Kirk draws upon more than 30 years of diverse legislative and economic experience on local, state, and federal levels. 

As the first African American Mayor of Dallas from 1995 – 2001, he earned a reputation for bringing together diverse coalitions to get things done. During his tenure as Mayor, Ambassador Kirk expanded Dallas’ reach to the world through a range of trade programs, including numerous trade missions. He also passed seven budgets that focused on the critical needs of the city while maintaining and even lowering taxes. His economic development efforts helped secure more than 45,000 jobs and investment of more than $3.5 billion in Dallas. To protect citizens, he increased the public safety budget by $128 million, and while he was Mayor, Dallas saw its lowest crime rate in 20 years.

Previously, Governor Ann Richards appointed him as Texas Secretary of State, he served as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, and he was named as chair of Texas’ General Service Commission. Ambassador Kirk also served as a City of Dallas assistant city attorney.

 Passing the Torch with Keynote Speaker Ron Kirk

When: January 19, 2022

Time: 12:00 P.M. (CST) – 1:30 P.M. (CST)

At this time, registration for the in-person luncheon is closed.

However, if you would like to join us live through webinar,

please register at the link below.

Register Here: https://tcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9r13QH4kQCKTggkKw1FDow

If you have any questions, contact Leslie Ekpe at l.ekpe@tcu.edu.

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE SPEAKER SERIES 

“Integrating Race & Reconciliation into the Student Experience”

An interactive Zoom workshop featuring

 Sean Atkinson, Kenneth Chapman, and Brandy Quinn.

About the Speakers

Kenneth Chapman, Ph.D., is an instructor in the Department of Management and Leadership in the Neeley School of Business.

Sean Atkinson, Ph.D., is Director of the School of Music and Associate Professor of Music in the College of Fine Arts.

Brandy Quinn, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the College of Education.

 What You’ll Learn

· How to promote racial/ethnic equity and equity-minded practices through the syllabus review process

· How teaching approaches and practices impact BIPOC and other racially/ethnically minoritized students

· How to self-assess current teaching approaches and practices

· How to consider changes that result in more equitable teaching

— No RSVP required —

 Dial-In Information

https://tcu.zoom.us/j/94220355977

Meeting ID: 942 2035 5977

International numbers available: https://tcu.zoom.us/u/abfx0dV4LY

When: Friday, February 4, 2022

Where: Virtual

Time: 12:00 P.M. (CST) – 1:00 P.M. (CST)

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH ILYASAH SHABAZZ 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents “The Pursuit of Happiness in the Midst of Unprecedented Times” with Keynote Speaker Ilyasah Shabazz!

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, to keynote 37th Annual Madison & Dane County MLK Day observance | Madison365

Author of Growing Up X, Ilyasah Shabazz, the third eldest daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz was born in July 1962. She was nearly three years old when her father, Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom. Shabazz wrote an autobiography in 2002, Growing Up X. It is a coming of age story as well as a tribute to her parents’ lives. In 2005, Shabazz worked with a team from Columbia University to open the Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Memorial and Education Center at the Audubon. She also accompanied President Bill Clinton on his historic tour to South Africa.

She received her B.S. degree in biology from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 1983 and her M.S. degree in education and human resource development from Fordham University in New York.

When: Thursday, February 17, 2022

Where: Virtual

Time: 6:30 P.M. (CST) – 8:00 P.M. (CST)

Registration Link: https://tcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_LmQrUIWvQ4SBQzydl77b4A

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SPRING 2022 UPCOMING TRAINING SESSIONS

January

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Tuesday, January 25 (virtual) 1:30 P.M. (CST) – 3:00 P.M. (CST)

February

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Wednesday, February 2 (virtual) 1:30 P.M. (CST) – 3:00 P.M. (CST)
    • Thursday, February 24 (virtual) 10:30 A.M. (CST) – 12:00 P.M. (CST)

March

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Tuesday, March 15 (virtual) 10:30 A.M. (CST) – 12:00 P.M. (CST)
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias
    • Wednesday, March 2 (virtual) 2:00 P.M. (CST) – 4:00 P.M. (CST)
  • Interrupting Microaggressions
    • Wednesday, March 23 (virtual) 9:30 A.M. (CST) – 12:00 P.M. (CST)

April

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Tuesday, April 12 (virtual) 9:00 A.M. (CST) – 10:30 A.M. (CST)
    • Thursday, April 21 (virtual) 2:00 P.M. (CST) – 3:30 P.M. (CST)
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias
    • Wednesday, April 6 (virtual) 10:00 A.M. (CST) – 12:00 P.M. (CST)
  • Interrupting Microaggressions
    • Monday, April 18 (virtual) 2:30 P.M. (CST) – 5:00 P.M. (CST)

May

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Tuesday, May 17 (virtual) 10:00 A.M. (CST) – 11:30 A.M. (CST)

To enroll in these training sessions, go to my.tcu.edu.

– My Employee Center – Training and Professional Development 

For more information, contact Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III at florencio.aranda@tcu.edu.

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources

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CÉSAR CHÁVEZ DAY AT TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Celebrate César Chávez on March 31st with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Keynote Speaker: Eduardo Chávez

Eduardo Chávez, the grandson of César Chávez, is a film director, actor, and former professional golfer. He was only three years old when his grandfather passed away. At a turning point in his life, Eduardo began exploring the places, learning from the people and carried out activities that were so important to César. Eduardo Chávez will discuss his lived experiences and touch on his film “Hailing César” which focused on his journey to honor his grandfather’s legacy and to share César’s message with a new generation.

When: Thursday, March 31, 2022

Where: Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center – Cox C

Time: 3:00 P.M. (CST) – 4:30 P.M. (CST)

More information to follow regarding Event Registration.

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A CONVERSATION ON RACE IN EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY WITH DR. BEVERLY TATUM

About – Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum

Join the Center for Connection Culture as well as the Office of Diversity and Inclusion as we welcome Dr. Beverly Tatum.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is the author of the best-selling book, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations about Race, now in its 20th-anniversary edition. A thought-leader in higher education, she was the 2013 recipient of the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award and the 2014 recipient of the American Psychological Association Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Hartford Seminary.

When: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Where: Virtual

Time: 6:30 P.M. (CST) – 7:30 P.M. (CST) 

Registration will open April 1.

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WHAT’S NEW WITH RRI? 

2022 RRI Town Halls

January
Bob Schieffer College of Communication, College of Science & Engineering

March
School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences 

RRI Week Save the Date 2022

Save the Date for RRI Week and Reconciliation Day 2022!!!

RRI Week will be celebrated February 21-25, 2022

and Reconciliation Day is set for April 20, 2022.

For more information, click here.

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END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION

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The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion invite you to join us for the End of the Year Celebration. This event is for all faculty, staff, and students who are current TCU community members. Celebrate the end of the semester with your colleagues, friends, and other members of the TCU community. Food will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. There will be various performances and activities from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. with a chance to win our big raffle prize! 

 When: Friday, April 29, 2022

Where: Campus Commons

Time: 11:00 A.M. (CST) – 2:00 P.M. (CST)

 For more information, reach out to Leslie Ekpe at l.ekpe@tcu.edu.

Hosted by TCU Office of The Chancellor & the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

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INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE FUND

The Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund supports new initiatives and strengthens existing initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund will grant up to $2500 for creative programs that foster collaborative partnerships and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion across all dimensions of identity. Inclusive Excellence funds are not available to support repeated programs and events for multiple years. Applicants are required to disclose any additional funding received. Funds awarded must be used for the intended purpose.

Important Information

  • Open to students, registered student clubs & organizations, faculty, & staff.
  • No Due Date: Applications are reviewed when received & funding is distributed until exhausted.
  • Funding is distributed throughout the academic year & must be used in the same fiscal year.
  • Funds may not be used to pay university staff, faculty, administrators, or students.
  • Funds will not be awarded for travel or proposals related to research projects.

For applications, apply here.

Additional questions may be directed to Aisha Torrey-Sawyer at  a.sawyer@tcu.edu.

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TCU DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY COMMITMENT

At Texas Christian University, we are committed to accessibility, diversity and inclusion. We believe all of our students, prospective students, parents, faculty and staff should be able to have equal and effective access to our core websites, smartphone apps, chat and digital content. To ensure that all members of the TCU community are able to read any typed text or images imbedded in an email correspondance, we ask that you please adhere to the rules and guidelines of TCU’s digital accessibility compliance efforts.

For more information, please visit: https://accessibility.tcu.edu/resources/

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FALL 2021 NEWSLETTER

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ODI & OIE OPEN HOUSE

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Equity will host an open house on September 15, 2021 from 1 pm – 4 pm. Come check out our space and celebrate the beginning of the school year with prizes, games, and food!

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Office of Institutional Equity

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CELEBRATING HISPANIC/LATINX HERITAGE MONTH!

Dr. Zelaya will share his personal story “The Generational Power of Higher Education: From a Street-child to a Ph. D.” to highlight the importance of resilience, responsibility, education, family and community engagement. The mission is to inspire, empower and engage with the community as we have a conversation about rebuilding trust and surpassing the learning loss associated with the ongoing pandemic. Additionally, the message honors the contributions, sacrifices and aspirations of the Hispanic community in the United States.

When: September 23, 2021, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

To register, click here

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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DIVERSITY DAY CONFERENCE

“Moving Forward through Activism and Advocacy”

This year’s conference theme recognizes the need for individuals, in and out of the academy, to realize our obligation to advocate as a community for the common good by bringing diverse individuals together to tackle problems by establish a multiracial, multifaceted, and intergenerational movement for social justice. In addition to a keynote speaker, the conference will have four panels that will concentrate on the following: Liberation through Empowerment, Restorative Justice, Recognizing and Addressing Privilege, and Social Movements.

The conference will take place virtually on

Thursday, October 7, 2021, from 11 am CST – 5 pm CST.

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH

Timothy Alexander is a faith driven young man who has dedicated his life to motivating and inspiring others. A native of Birmingham Alabama, Timothy attended Erwin High School and was ranked the #8 high school football player in the state. Timothy had the opportunity to play for any college in the country; however, he was involved in a life changing car accident in 2006, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. From that point on, Timothy was left to find his purpose in life while paralyzed.

When: October 19, 2021, via Zoom.

Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Register: Click Here

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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This program is open to TCU staff and faculty committed to inclusive excellence. The R.I.S.E. Certificate program is designed to provide participants tools and learning opportunities to advance personal and professional development in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Selected participants will be challenged to improve their intercultural development through personal assessment, strengthen skills in advocacy and social change activism, and develop strategies to interrupt structural and systemic issues of power, privilege and oppression. Graduates of the TCU R.I.S.E Certificate program will be empowered to move concepts into concrete action.

Applications to R.I.S.E. are due by September 3, 2021.

Those accepted into the program will be notified by September 17.

If you have any questions, please contact Ebony Rose, e.rose@tcu.edu

or Aisha Torrey-Sawyer, a.sawyer@tcu.edu

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources

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FAULT LINES WITH JEAN MARIE BROWN

The Fault Lines framework considers how personal bias along the “Fault Lines” of race, gender, sexual orientation, generation, geography and class influences relationships and how events are perceived. Originally developed for newsrooms, the Fault Lines framework has been presented in corporate and academic settings. The session will cover:

  • Fault Lines framework: understanding your Fault Lines blind spots across race, class, gender, generation, geography, sexual orientation and how they create perception bias.
  • Unconscious Bias: how biases are formed, how to be conscious of your own.
  • Microaggressions: what are they and who commits them?

Jean Marie Brown is the senior Fault Lines trainer for the Maynard Institute. The Oakland, California-based organization has addressed issues around diversity and the media for 40+ years.

When: September 29, 2021

Where: Neeley School of Business – Banquet Room 2303/5

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Register Here: https://tcues1.pageuppeople.com/learning/124

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE FUND

The Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund supports new initiatives and strengthens existing initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund will grant up to $2500 for creative programs that foster collaborative partnerships and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion across all dimensions of identity. Inclusive Excellence funds are not available to support repeated programs and events for multiple years. Applicants are required to disclose any additional funding received. Funds awarded must be used for the intended purpose.

Important Information

  • Open to students, registered student clubs & organizations, faculty, & staff.
  • No Due Date: Applications are reviewed when received & funding is distributed until exhausted.
  • Funding is distributed throughout the academic year & must be used in the same fiscal year.
  • Funds may not be used to pay university staff, faculty, administrators, or students.
  • Funds will not be awarded for travel or proposals related to research projects.

For applications, apply here.

Additional questions may be directed to Aisha Torrey-Sawyer at  a.sawyer@tcu.edu.

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FALL 2021 UPCOMING TRAINING SESSIONS

September

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Wednesday, September 8 (virtual) 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Via Zoom
    • Wednesday, September 22 (virtual) 10:30am – 12:00pm – Via Zoom
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias
    • Friday, September 17 (in-person) 10:00am – 12:00pm – Ballroom C&D (BLUU)
  • Interrupting Microaggressions
    • Thursday, September 30 (in-person) 1:00pm – 3:30pm – Justin Boardroom (DJ Kelly)

October

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Tuesday, October 5 – 10:30am – 12:00pm – Location TBD
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias
    • Tuesday, October 12 (in-person) 10:00am – 12:00pm – Justin Boardroom (DJ Kelly)
  • Interrupting Microaggressions
    • Wednesday, October 27 (in-person) 2:00pm – 4:30pm – Beck & Geren (BLUU)

November

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Thursday, November 4 – 2:00pm – 3:30pm – Location TBD
    • Wednesday, November 10 – 9:00am – 10:30am – Location TBD
  • Mitigating Unconscious Bias
    • Monday, November 8 (in-person) 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Justin Boardroom (DJ Kelly)
  • Interrupting Microaggressions
    • Tuesday, November 16 (in-person) 9:30am – 12:00pm – Beck & Geren (BLUU)

December

  • Hiring & Selection Committee
    • Thursday, December 2 – 10:00am – 11:30am – Location TBD

To enroll in these training sessions, go to my.tcu.edu.

– My Employee Center – Training and Professional Development

For more information, contact Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III at florencio.aranda@tcu.edu.

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources

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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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