Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
Teaching and promoting diversity and inclusion is key to the university’s mission of creating global citizens.
A Focus on DEI
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives are a key part of TCU’s core values. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the university’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds that thrive in our community. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspectives and understanding – values that are foundational aspects of higher education and a key part of TCU’s strategic plan recommendations, Vision in Action: Lead On.
- TCU Mission: To educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.
- TCU Vision: Our vision is to create a world-class, values-centered university experience.
- TCU Values: TCU values academic achievement, personal freedom and integrity, the dignity and respect of the individual, and a heritage of inclusiveness, tolerance and service.
Planning & Progress
DEI is a foundational theme in TCU’s Vision in Action: Lead On Strategic Plan, which was a result of several years planning and broad engagement with the Horned Frog community. Key points in the timeline include:
- Chancellor Boschini and the Board of Trustees established the TCU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in 2016 to educate individuals to build diversity and inclusion, think and act as ethical leaders, and become responsible citizens in the global community.
- In October 2017, TCU’s DEI Committee presented recommendations based on the committee’s careful study of current practices and needs assessment. View the recommendations that were approved and implemented. Before that time, and since then, the voices of our students, faculty and staff are the force behind our DEI efforts. Passionate student leaders share TCU’s vision for a more diverse and inclusive campus and are helping to shape new initiatives that will improve our campus culture.
- In summer 2019, the DEI committee engaged Dr. Damon Williams with the nationally-recognized Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation to complete a campus-wide DEI inventory of programs and initiatives. Preliminary results were shared with TCU in February 2020. Those results are helping TCU leadership develop new efforts and improvements to current initiatives.
- Most recently this month, TCU’s Board of Trustees and the Office of the Chancellor announced an initiative to study the university’s historical connections to racism, slavery and the Confederacy. Unanimously supported by all members of the Board, this undertaking to review and understand the university’s history will make TCU a stronger institution.
Current DEI enhancement efforts include:
- The addition of DEI to the Core Curriculum
- Frequent campus events and programs on DEI
- TCU RISE (Responsible for Inclusion and Sustaining Excellence): A certificate program for faculty and staff anticipated to launch in fall 2020
- Residential Life training for hall directors and resident assistants on unconscious bias
- Campus Community Response Team: a diverse group of faculty, staff and students identified to help review and manage bias-related incidents and promote inclusive excellence
- Required faculty and staff training
- Establishing additional support services and spaces that encourage student success
- Virtual DEI Conference: Reflect. Reimagine. Reconnect, Oct. 1, 2020
Our Anti-Discrimination Policy
TCU prohibits discrimination and harassment based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, predisposing genetic information, covered veteran status and any other basis protected by law. TCU also prohibits retaliation against an individual for making a good faith report under this policy. TCU is committed to providing a positive learning and working environment free from discrimination and harassment.
- Visit TCU’s Title IX website for more information on how to report a bias-related incident, how to make a Title IX complaint and information on our Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and Affirmative Action Policy.
- TCU Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Conduct
- TCU Non-Discrimination; Affirmative Action; Compliance; Discrimination and Harassment Information in the Faculty & Staff Handbook
For Our Students
Several resources stand ready to assist individuals or groups of students needing diversity, equity and inclusion-related support, or other issues affecting their well-being.
- Anonymous Student Report Line:
817-257-6000 or email (created so students could seek assistance anonymously)
- Counseling and Mental Health
- Religious and Spiritual Life
- Office of Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services
- Campus Life
- Residence Hall Staff located in each building
- 24-hour help-line: 817-257-7233 (or 817-257-SAFE)
- Campus Police: 817-257-7777
The Office of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services has dedicated space on the second floor of Jarvis Hall in the center of TCU’s campus, where staff provides resources and counsels and mentors students.
In addition, a newly designated space has been identified on campus, and a student committee will be involved in the design and use of that space in Brown-Lupton University Union. Renovation planned for earlier this year was delayed due to the pandemic.
Responding to Students
TCU receives thoughtful and valid input on a variety of subjects from our dedicated community, and we take each one seriously. The Chancellor and senior administrators have been meeting directly with student groups throughout 2020 to better understand the opportunities ahead of us.