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VIA: Lead On Goal 3

Strengthen the TCU Experience & Campus Culture

Recommended Actions

  • Every unit should implement a DEI Plan that aligns with the university’s DEI Strategic Plan and guides that unit’s efforts in diversity hiring, training, retention and inclusion
  • Each college/school within the university should have both a Faculty Diversity Advocate and a diversity committee that guides college/school DEI efforts, including development and implementation of a college/school specific DEI plan
  • Non-college units should have a diversity committee that guides DEI efforts, including development and implementation of a unit-specific DEI plan
  • Increase participation at events that teach about other cultures and expand our students’ thoughts and experiences
  • Provide diversity, equity and inclusion training for faculty and staff such as: Faculty Bystander Intervention Program training, Safe/Brave Space Training and Culturally Responsive staff training
  • Increase support for international and non-English speaking students and their families
  • Better serve the needs of under-represented populations in the community by identifying additional program resources
  • Promote volunteer and internship opportunities that emphasize culture and inclusion
  • Create a student task force that includes a diverse group representing a rich variety of perspectives and is charged with advising the provost and academic deans on issues of culturally responsive teaching
  • Utilize academic departments with culturally inclusive curricula as resources to support inclusion efforts with faculty
  • Develop a TCU infrastructure and programmatic experiences that promote cultural connectedness and a welcoming campus climate for diverse populations
  • Develop a comprehensive intentional dialogue program with adequate institutional resources (financial and staffing)
  • Encourage diversity programming and inclusive practices of all student organizations, including fraternity and sorority life organizations
  • Invest in engagement technology/software to publicize and organize events and activities in a more efficient and connected manner
  • Communicate the culture of the campus through a website that is constantly updated and dynamic
  • Build a more robust social media presence—highlighting user-generated content on the homepage of the website
  • Provide “virtual classroom” videos and virtual classroom/building/dorm tours
  • Increase the quantity of visual staff, including photographers, videographers and web developers
  • Develop a calendaring system that is intuitive, easy to upload to, and provides a one-stop shop for all campus events with filtering capabilities
  • Create a Student Center that serves as a central hub for engagement
  • Highlight and leverage Fine Arts, Neeley, Medical School and other lecture series events and improved signage on campus
  • Elevate the TCU website to reflect the community and culture and utilize as a recruitment and engagement tool
  • Provide culturally responsive teaching throughout the campus to develop a culture of equality and enhance student engagement and faculty development
  • Increase the number of academic events and/or academic components for students in the week before fall classes begin
  • Increase resources for TCU’s Extended Education
  • Enhance the integration of international students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Appoint an ad hoc Committee to systematically examine the impact of Greek Life culture at TCU, including the timing of fraternity and sorority recruitment
  • Regard athletics as a front porch to the university with multiple front doors, and ensure athletics responsibility and accountability to the campus
  • Enhance training for counselors and advisors to address mental health, social, emotional, academic, and career needs of students, as well as to connect students to resources that meet their specific needs
  • Enhance training for staff who address issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, sexual orientation, medical issues and similar issues
  • Create an integrated student services model to connect the career center, the advising office and the disabilities services office to provide better and more holistic service to students
  • Create a mentorship program for newly hired faculty and staff
  • Facilitate interest groups among faculty and staff
  • Create a faculty and/or staff center for formal and informal events and meetings to enhance engagement
  • Host town halls and similar forums across campus to exchange information with all stakeholders
  • Recognize the outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts of all student organizations, including fraternity and sorority life organizations
  • Recognize the outstanding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts of faculty and staff