R.I.S.E. Certificate Program

Responsible for Inclusion and Sustaining Excellence (R.I.S.E.) is a seven-month program open to TCU staff and faculty committed to inclusive excellence.

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About the Program

The TCU R.I.S.E. Certificate Program is hosted in partnership between TCU Human Resources and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The TCU R.I.S.E. Certificate 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
  • Develop strategies to interrupt structural and systemic issues of power, privilege, and oppression.

The TCU R.I.S.E Certificate program graduates will be empowered to move concepts into concrete action.

Applications to R.I.S.E. are due by September 9, 2022. Those accepted into the program will be notified by September 23, 2022.

Session Dates for R.I.S.E. Participants

All sessions will take place from 9 a.m. – noon. Participants must attend all sessions to receive the TCU R.I.S.E. Certificate. Full session descriptions are available at https://inclusion.tcu.edu/programs/rise.

  • Session 1 — Expanding Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Awareness – October 14 
  • Session 2 – Developing & Demonstrating Intercultural Competence – November 11 
  • Session 3 — Understanding Social Justice & Systems of Oppression – December 2 
  • Session 4 — Interrupting the “isms” – February 10
  • Session 5 — Agency & Action: becoming an Agent of Change – March 3 
  • Session 6 — Utilizing an Inclusive Excellence Framework – April 14  
  • Closing Celebration – May 19

For more information please email Ebony Rose at e.rose@tcu.edu, Aisha Torrey-Sawyer at a.sawyer@tcu.edu, or visit https://inclusion.tcu.edu/programs/rise/.


Angela Gonzaga, Director of Operations, Women’s Basketball

Action Plan: Create a DEI Training Tracking Tool for Athletics Department


Ann Tasby, Program Director, Accounting and Office of Inclusive Excellence Neeley School of Business

Action Plan: Undergraduate Mentoring for Students of Color


Anne Rooney, Executive Director Graduate Programs, Neeley School of Business

Action Plan: Prepare Neeley MBA and MS graduates to lead inclusively and to advocate for DE&I in their post-graduate careers.


Brian Gutierrez, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration

Action Plan: Create a plan to Diversify Candidate Slates for High Level Hiring


Candice Payne, Director, Budget Office

Action Plan: Create Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration Inclusive Excellence Initiative


David Dibble, Director of Parent Giving, University Advancement

Action Plan: Increase Awareness of TCU Donors to the urgency and importance of DEI initiatives


Dr. Eric Yorkston, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Marketing Department

Action Plan: Create a Recruitment plan to diversify enrollment in Neeley sales certificate program


Dr. Frank Hernandez, Dean, College of Education

Action Plan: Development of an Employee Resource Group (ERG) focused specifically on Latinx males


Imani Wimberly, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Housing & Residence Life

Action Plan: Create a food pantry on campus for students navigating food insecurity


Dr. Janine Kraus, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Loyalty Giving

Action Plan: Adding focus on DEI initiatives in University Advancement new employee orientation


Jess Price, Academic Advisor, John V. Roach Honors College

Action Plan: Improved Honors Experience for First-Generation Students


Kelcia Righton, Hall Director, Housing & Residence Life

Action Plan: Create a mentorship program within the residence halls for incoming females of color


Lindsay Cowdin, Coordinator of Theatre Operations, Theater Department

Action Plan: Create a Recruitment Plan to attract a more diverse student body for the theatre program


Melissa Austin-Weeks, Associate Director of Alumni Relations, Alumni Relations

Action Plan: Generating Effective DEI Training for Alumni Association Volunteers


Sara Sorenson, Assistant Director of Admission Programs, Office of Admissions

Action Plan: Create an Inclusive Excellence Scholarship for enrolling first-year students


Dr. Sophia Garcia, Biology Instructor, College of Science and Engineering

Action Plan: Creating Equitable Access to Student Research Opportunities in the College of Science and Engineering


Stephen Dominy, Associate Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Action Plan: Enhance recruitment and retention efforts of diverse graduate student candidates in the Higher Education Leadership program


Suhail Johnson, Senior Coordinator, TCU and UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Action Plan: Create a Communication Plan for Student Interest Groups


Dr. Trung Nguyen, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Action Plan: Provide Mental Health Support for BIPOC Faculty and Staff


Dr. Vanessa Roberts-Bryan, Assistant Dean of Student Development, Student Development Services

Action Plan: Focus on the Role of Staff Assembly as DEI Change Agents


Dr. Wendy Macias, Associate Professor, Strategic Communication

Action Plan: Schieffer College Recruiting & Sustaining Inclusive Undergraduate Excellence


Dr. Will Gibbons, Associate Dean/Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts

Action Plan: Incentivize and Recognize DEI Efforts in the College of Fine Arts


Dr. Zoranna Jones, Assistant Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Action Plan: Designing DEI Education and Training for Introduction to University Life Course Instructors

Session 1: Expanding Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Awareness

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Session 2: Developing and Demonstrating Intercultural Competence

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Session 3: Understanding Social Justice & Systems of Oppression

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Session 4: Interrupting the “–isms”

See Session Info

Session 5: Agency & Action: Becoming an Agent of Change

See Session Info

Session 6: Utilizing an Inclusive Excellence Framework

See Session Info