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Frequently Asked Questions

RRI was created by charge of the Chancellor and Board of Trustees; there are 15 core committee members organized into 5 different Research Task Forces.

RRI stands for Race & Reconciliation Initiative, and represents an academically-based historical inquiry into TCU's relationship with slavery, racism and the Confederacy.

RRI was charged into existence in August, 2020 and will be a multi-year endeavor. The RRI  delivered a first year report to the campus on Reconciliation Day on April 21, 2021. The second report will be delivered on April 20, 2022.

In the COVID-19 era, RRI members are gathering primary and secondary sources online and in person with the help of archivists. Virtual meetings ensure that the group makes steady progress.

There is no better time than the present. RRI is the culmination of years of advocacy and activism by numerous members of our TCU community.

The RRI is an academic initiative focused on TCU’s history. It works independently from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, 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.

As the Race & Reconciliation Initiative winds down for the first semester, many in the TCU community have asked about ways they can support their efforts. Here are five practical tips for you to get involved.

Spring Assignments: Faculty may incorporate readings or assignments that contribute to RRI’s historical study of TCU’s relationship to slavery, racism and the Confederacy. Contact rri@tcu.edu for suggestions that relate to your course(s).

Attend Town Hall Meetings: There is a virtual town hall meeting every month, beginning this spring on Jan. 28. Faculty may incentivize student attendance by offering extra credit for each event. Attendees will learn about the ongoing research and get updates on the initiative. 

Host Guest Speakers: Request a guest speaker from the RRI committee for your classroom, division or club/organization. Committee members can expand the dialogue about the power of history and how to tell a holistic story. Email rri@tcu.edu.

Attend Roundtable Discussions: Faculty, staff, students and alumni may participate in ‘Running the Race’ – in-person meet ups held from noon-1 p.m. the first Friday of every month under the open-air tent behind the founders statue. The sessions create a safe space and place to talk about race. Faculty may consider extra credit for student reflections on the discussions.

Reconciliation Day – 4/21/22: Faculty may include Reconciliation Day on their syllabi and everyone should make plans to join the virtual event, where RRI will share the first-year survey report. The report will include all that was learned about TCU’s past and recommendations for ways to move forward together as the Horned Frog community.