Creating Equitable Classrooms
The logistics of remote teaching — both pedagogical and technological — present challenges for faculty when lectures, discussions, labs and studio experiences are transferred online. Access to the learning environment can present major obstacles for some students. How can you make sure all students have equitable access to the materials they need to succeed in rapidly evolving learning contexts?
A Great College to Work For
TCU has been named a “Great College to Work For” eight years in a row by The Chronicle of Higher Education. We believe one of the reasons why is our ongoing commitment to being a friendly, supportive place to work. The University offers faculty and staff an array of resources dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion on campus, such as Human Resource programs and those outlined below.
College Diversity Advocates
Advocates assist in fostering diversity and cultivating an inclusive learning and work environment in TCU’s schools and colleges. They focus on hiring and promotion efforts, recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students, and serve as a resource and consultant to the Dean, Associate Deans, chairs and directors on DEI issues.
Faculty Diversity Advocates 2021-2022
College of Education
College of Education
College of Fine Arts
College of Fine Arts
School of Business
College of Science and Engineering
Jean Marie Brown
Schieffer College of Communication
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, Honors College
School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Division Diversity Advocates
Academic Affairs – Claire Sanders (faculty)
University Advancement – Corina Cervantes
Student Affairs – Trung Nguyen
Finance and Administration – Clint Thomas
Chancellor’s Office – Whitnee Boyd
Marketing and Communications – Bill Hartley
Athletics – Ashlesha Lokhande
Human Resources –
Information Technology – Joshua Tooley
TCU’s Koehler Center for Instruction, Innovation, and Engagement provide opportunities for faculty to engage in critical DEI conversations, increase awareness of diversity concerns and foster an inclusive instructional environment.
Please continue to look for opportunities throughout the year.
Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are employee-led groups comprising individuals with a common interest, issue or background. ERGs are an opportunity for employees to create an environment of belonging and promote an encouraging and supportive community.
- Breathing Room provides support and career development to enhance the work environment for Black women faculty, staff and graduate students. Meetings and conversations are based on Six Dimensions of Wellness physical, emotional spiritual, intellectual, environmental and social. To learn more or get connected to Breathing Room, please contact Whitnee Boyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A League of Our Own provides community building among Latina faculty, staff and graduate students. The League provides an opportunity and a platform for those with similar cultural backgrounds, life and professional experiences to come together. To learn more or get connect to A League of Our Own, please contact Cynthia Montes at email@example.com.
- Rainbow Alliance provides support and community building for members of the LBGTQ+ community at TCU. Gatherings, while social in nature, are designed to cultivate relationships across campus with the intention of better knowing members of our community and addressing the community’s needs. To learn more or get connected to The Rainbow Alliance, please contact Todd Boling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- TCU Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) brings together TCU’s Black faculty and staff in order to build a social network of camaraderie and support among Black employees on campus. The organization aims to promote the equitable recruitment, retention, and advancement of Black employees, facilitate professional and personal development opportunities, and to honor and celebrate the beautiful struggle of the Black experience with faculty, staff, and students, alike, at TCU. Thus, in tandem with community-building, BFSA aims to advance the work of equity and justice on campus to ensure Black members of the TCU community thrive here. To learn more or get connected to TCU Black Faculty and Staff Association, please contact Brandon Manning @BRANDON.MANNING@tcu.edu or Melondy Doddy @email@example.com.
- Brothers Reaching Brothers’ purpose is to unite the TCU Black Male Faculty and Staff community, in the effort of providing a space we can call our own to relax, rejuvenate, and grow in the community as men. As we come together in a united presence, we aim to increase our visibility within the Fort Worth and TCU community, through service and mentorship. To learn more or get connected to Brothers Reaching Brothers, please contact Cam Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Aaron Harris at A.P.HARRIS@tcu.edu.
- Kaleidoscope is a space to give TCU faculty and staff opportunities to come together, learn, and discuss areas related to multicultural and societal issues. To learn more or get connected to Kaleidoscope, please contact Kristin Harris-McDonald at email@example.com.
- Latinos Unidos (Lati2) is an all-inclusive professional group dedicated to uniting the general Hispanic American/Latinx population at Texas Christian University. We aim to advance the growth and success of our Latinx male faculty and staff by providing professional and educational guidance, fellowship, advice, mentorship and support in a safe space of belonging that will allow us to avanzar juntos. Our goal is to bring Latino awareness, action, and advocacy to TCU and the greater Fort Worth comunidad. [Latidos (Lati2): beats – pulso (pulse), ritmos (rhythms)]. To learn more or get connected with Latinos Unidos, please contact Dr. Florencio Aranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For more information about starting an ERG that supports and fosters building a community for all employees, please contact Aisha Torrey-Sawyer at email@example.com.
Faculty Success Program
TCU is a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity which allows faculty to participate in the Faculty Success Program. The Faculty Success Program offers coaches, a supportive community, mentors, and professional development for tenure track and tenured faculty.
“Since starting the program, I have secured a book contract, published an article, been awarded a competitive national fellowship, and landed a co-editorship for a special issue of a major journal in my field. The program not only helped me be more productive in my scholarly endeavors, but also gave me strategies to be more engaged with my family. I can’t say enough about the benefits of FSP.”
–Stacie McCormick, assistant professor of English
TCU strives to uphold its values of academic achievement, personal freedom and integrity while maintaining its heritage of inclusiveness, responsible citizenship, and service. TCU believes that every community member should be treated with dignity as well as respect. Actions or comments that may be perceived as offending these values hinder our scholarly community in its striving for knowledge, enlightenment, in addition to the full realization of each individual’s potential. Actions or comments that express or imply a bias against any group within our community—whether that group is singled out by its race, color, religion, gender, nationality or any other classification—are not acceptable on the TCU campus. Such biased behavior requires a response.