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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!

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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

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“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



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

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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,

or Aisha Torrey-Sawyer,

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources



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:

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion



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




  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


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

To enroll in these training sessions, go to

– My Employee Center – Training and Professional Development

For more information, contact Dr. Florencio U. Aranda III at

Hosted by TCU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Human Resources


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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.




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 @


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.




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.



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


Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. 

Date: March 2, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Virtual

Register Here: Click Here


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




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



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.



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


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. 



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 employee center.

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

Please contact Dr. “Flo” at for more information on registration.