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Race & Reconciliation Initiative

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The Race & Reconciliation Initiative is an academically-based, historically-focused initiative designed to investigate and document TCU's relationship with slavery, racism, and the Confederacy.

This academic endeavor will span multiple years. The focus for 2020-2021 was on Black Americans and TCU’s experiences with racism, slavery and the Confederacy. The findings of the first year report can be found on the homepage.

Histories related to other identities will be explored in subsequent years as stated in the tentative plans that follows.

  • Year 2- Starting with a  deeper dive with an intersectional lens into Founding Years, 1861-1891
    • The Objective is to conduct a more comprehensive analysis within this 30-year period upon:
      • Native American lens – relationship to land/labor
      • Latinx lens – relationship to land/labor
      • White lens – relationship to Texas/U.S. History
      • African American lens – relationship to land/labor
      • We will remain open to whatever else we discover in the archives
  • Year 3- Deeper dive with an intersectional lens into Transition to Integration, 1941 – 1971
  • Year 4- Deeper dive with an intersectional lens into Recent, but Related Histories, 1998 – 2020 (Jan.)
  • Year 5- RRI will privde a comprehensive five-year Summary Report
 

“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., associate professor of African American Studies in the John V. Roach Honors College | chair, Race and Reconciliation Initiative

This academic endeavor will commit its first year to research focusing primarily on Black Americans and TCU’s experiences with racism, slavery and the Confederacy. Other identities will be addressed in year two.

Through the RRI, TCU will align with more than 60 universities worldwide as part of the Universities Studying Slavery Consortium, a movement designed for sharing research and strategies through semi-annual gatherings. Ultimately, the RRI helps the university embrace an active role in understanding and healing our community.