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Race & Reconciliation Initiative

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The Race & Reconciliation Initiative (RRI) is an academically-based, historically-focused initiative designed to investigate and document TCU's relationship with slavery, racism, and the Confederacy. This academic endeavor draws upon the talents of faculty, staff, students, and alumni to research and raise awareness of racism and inequality, helping us work toward a campus culture where everyone is respected and valued.


“Our study of TCU’s history will provide critical perspective, deepen understanding and result in recommendations for action and healing.”

Frederick Gooding, Jr., Ph.D., Dr. Ronald E. Moore Professor in Humanities and founding chair, Race & Reconciliation Initiative

RRI is independent of the Office of Institutional Equity, Student Identity & Engagement, and the DEI committee. If the RRI receives inquiries outside its scope, it will redirect those questions to the appropriate office.

TCU is aligned with more than 60 universities worldwide as part of the Universities Studying Slavery consortium, a movement designed for sharing research, findings, and strategies through semi-annual gatherings.

What Is Our Focus for Year 4?

Our research focus for the academic year 2023-2024 is a deeper dive into recent but related histories (1998-2020). Building on previous research conducted by the RRI and others, we are conducting a more comprehensive examination of the experiences of Native American and Indigenous, Latinx, African American, Asian American and other ethnic identities at TCU.

For a year-by-year outline of our research, see Operation Triangulation – A Five Year Plan.