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CRES News Digest Vol. 4, Issue 1

January 23rd – February 4th

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Welcome Message

Welcome to the CRES News Digest!
We are eager to spread any good news that our students, faculty, or staff have to share with the larger TCU and Fort Worth community. If you would like to share any CRES-related events, publications, volunteer opportunities, jobs, internships, or conference information in the next CRES News Digest, please send your suggestions to Cecilia Hill by Friday, January 31st.

In Solidarity,

Cecilia Hill, CRES Graduate Assistant
Dr. Jane Mantey, Associate Director of CRES


image of Dr. Sarah RobbinsFrom Dr. Sarah Robbins and Dr. Amiso George

CRES Colleagues,

With our department and its academic and civic activities beginning to assure, here are several upcoming opportunities for faculty and graduate to consider, both for our own professional growth and to enhance the visibility and reach of TCU’s CRES:

  • The American Studies Association (ASA) has several national-level committees whose goals and activities align with CRES. Self-nominations are welcome. The executive council of ASA makes selections of new committee members every spring. Go HERE online at the ASA website for information about each committee’s work and about how to express interest.
    • Deadline for nominations or applications for the various committees is April 1. Directions for submitting materials for consideration appear HERE.
  • TCU now has a membership in Imagining America (IA).
    • For our grad students, the PAGE program offers great national networking, including support for attending the national conference and opportunities to have writing about public humanities work published.
    • For faculty, staff and students involved with CRES: IA sponsors and supports a number of initiatives consistent with CRES’s vision. Go HERE online to explore. Also, you can sign up for IA’s monthly digital newsletter, which will keep you informed about additional opportunities, such as the fall conference, where artists and public humanities scholars share their projects and learn from each other. Go HERE to see samples of the creative format and content from the October 2019 national gathering.

In Support of La Raza Faculty & Administrator Association UTSA

Please consider reading and signing this petition from the La Raza Faculty & Administrator Association UTSA (LRFAA) to the University of Texas administation about their lack of commitment, via resources and staffing capacity, to their Hispanic student population.

Per LRFAA, “Despite the rhetoric that has emerged under UTSA’s current administration, the University of Texas at San Antonio is not a “Hispanic Thriving Institution.” It has yet to fulfill the founding mission of the University, which addresses the needs and reflects the majority Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x population it is meant to serve. With a disproportional number of Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x faculty to student ratio, a disproportional Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x administrators to student ratio, graduation and retention rates for its Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x students that are in need of dire improvement, and deficient enrollment of neighboring Latina/o/x and Chicana/o/x students, UTSA has yet to reach the type of milestones that would qualify it as Hispanic serving, let alone Hispanic thriving.”

To read and sign in support of LRFAA’s full petition and their recommendations for moving UTSA closer to embracing and fulfilling its HSI identity, click the link above!

CRES Recommended Reads

With another semester behind us, at CRES, we hope we all can take a moment to reflect on how far we have come as a Department and as a campus community. And, as we look ahead towards upcoming academic years, we can also imagine and strategically plan for how we can deepen the Department’s roots AND deepen TCU’s commitment to diversity, EQUITY, and inclusion as well as JUSTICE.

Here are some fantastic studies and articles that came out this year examining how institutions can work to truly be committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI 😊) and common pitfulls of DEI/JEDI work to watch out for.








CRES Events

Thursday, January 23rd
TCU Race, Ethnicity & Culture Collective Welcome Back Social
Mellow Mushroom , 5pm

CRES Faculty and graduate students are invited to gather and reconnect at Mellow Mushroom on Blue Bonnet Circle. Pizza provided.


Sunday, January 26th and Monday, January 27th
SWR LH4, 4:30pm (Sunday) and 6pm (Monday)

On January 29 at 7:00 PM, Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services will be hosting Dr. Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five (formerly Central Park Five). Dr. Salaam will be giving a talk about his experiences with the criminal justice system. In anticipation of this event, CRES is hosting a screening and talkback for the last 3 episodes of the Netflix series, “When They See Us”, a biopic on the Exonerated Five. Food and drinks provided. Click the link above to reserve a seat on Event Brite!


Wednesday, February 5th
Kelly Alumni Center, 6:00 -8:00pm

It’s time for the 3rd annual Purple, Black, and White Event! This year’s theme is “Being a Black Professional in the 21st Century“. Topics include; Attire, Generational Differences in the Workplace, and Networking. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. This event is free, but registration is required. Click the link above to register.

We hope that you will join us for an evening of candid conversation and connecting with our future alums!


Friday, February 7th
RJH Incubator Lab, 2:00 -3:00pm

Join us for an interactive panel on best practices for juggling research, teaching, and service as a faculty member.

Come early for refreshments. Click on the link above to register in EventBrite.


Campus Events

Tuesday, January 28th
Center for Languages and Cultures, Scharbauer Hall 3004, 6:30 – 8pm

This semester, all semester, Tuesday night is MOLA night. Events and activities will emphasize linguistic and cultural diversity and will invite students and others to engage with a variety of international ideas and perspectives. All are welcome to all events, and all events will emphasize plurilingualism. It is not necessary to speak a foreign language to attend and participate. Click the link above for poster with the full schedule.

Wednesday, January 29th
RJH Incubator Lab, 1:00 to 1:50pm

Open to all TCU faculty/staff and graduate students! Coffee and light refreshments will be served.


Wednesday, January 29th
BLUU Ballroom, 7:00pm

Sponsored by Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Click the link above to register.




The Native and Indigenous Student Association (NISA) seeks to create a space for and by Native and Indigenous peoples and allies to share their cultures, heritages, traditions, languages, and customs in a respectful manner. NISA has a number of events planned this semester. For any questions about the association or regarding the events below contact Scott Langston

Revitalizing the Maskoke Language and Life, Feb. 3-4:
Monday, February 3rd
Scharbauer Hall 4009, 3:30-4:50 PM (limited seating)

“Decolonizing Maskoke People’s Anti-Black Racism: A Critical Linguistic Analytical Approach”

BLUU Ballroom A & B, 6:30-8:00 PM
“Ekvn-Yefolecv Maskoke Ecovillage: An Indigenous Decolonization Paradigm for Linguistic, Cultural and Ecological Sustainability”

Tuesday, February 4th
Center for Languages and Cultures, Scharbauer Hall 3004 (limited seating):
“Revitalizing Endangered Languages”

Tuesday, February 4th

TCU Admission’s Carnegie Dartlet Workshop 2020
Kelly Center, Murphy Conference Room, Various Times

The Office of Admission is offering a focus group opportunity on February 4, this time for students only.  The purpose of the focus group is to improve the admission marketing strategy and communication platform; an effort to LEAD ON in university selectivity. Click the link above to register for the focus group and be entered into the drawing for an Amazon gift card.

Community Events

Historya Exhibition
December 9th – January 24th
Galaria de Rosa Hours: 11am – 5pm. Tuesday – Friday

Selections from Artes De La Rosa’s collection frame the journalistic exhibition “Trail of the Mexican-American Experience in Fort Worth.”

“Our Struggle Continues” Emerico Perez Exhibition
December 9th – January 24th
Annex Gallery Hours: 11am – 5pm Tuesday – Friday

A series of photographs expanding almost two decades of work as evidence of the ongoing plight our community continues to endure. Neighbors, activists, politicians, business people, families, etc. appear in these powerful images.

Saturday, February 8th
Randolf Reed Center, 8:30am – 3pm

The Ethnic Studies Network of Texas is excited to announce a “Conversation for Native American Studies,”

a public forum which aims to begin a conversation about the creation of a Native American Studies course for Texas high schools. This event will take place in Grand Prairie, TX on February 8th. Click on the link above to register and on the image for full flyer.

Job and Internship Opportunities

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Are you interested in gaining organizing experience and helping build a national moral movement to transform our nation?

  • The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the interlocking injustices of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy/militarism, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted moral narrative of christian nationalism. The PPC was launched with 40 days of action in Spring 2018 with an historic 6 weeks of nonviolent moral fusion direct action in over 35 states across the country.
  • The PPC engages in moral fusion organizing, building across lines of difference, including race, geography, age, religion, ability, and more. The current phase of organizing focused on shifting the national narrative and building power among poor and directly impacted communities by broadening and deepening our base, registering people for a movement that votes, and mobilizing toward a Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington on June 20, 2020. We are fighting for systemic change through a Moral Agenda.
  • The Student Moral Fusion Organizing Fellowship is a four-month, part-time organizing fellowship. After a three-day training in Washington, DC March 6-8, students work with an organizing mentor in their state to engage their peers in the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington. Dedicating ten-hours per month to the project, organizing fellows gain experience as an organizer including in recruitment, relationship building, leadership development, and fundraising.

Social Justice Summer internship sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and Harvard University

  • The Union Scholars Program is a joint program between AFSCME and Harvard University.  AFSCME, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is one of the largest labor unions, fighting for workers’ rights, fighting against privatization, and fighting for equality.  AFSCME represents over 1.4 million public service workers.  We all have a family member who is: a child care provider, nurse, sanitation worker, emergency medical technician-these are all public service jobs that we fight to protect and provide every day.
  • The Union Scholars Program is a 10-week summer internship where students get a chance to gain hands-on organizing experience with our members.  Students get a glimpse of what it’s like to be part of and even work for a labor union.  Students will talk to workers about gaining a voice on the job, fair wages and benefits, and building power in the workplace. Look at what previous participants have said about the program here.

The Texas State Historical Association will meet in Fort Worth in March 2021.

  • The program committee is soliciting proposals for panels (preferably) as well as individual papers on any topic in Texas history. Each panel should have either two papers and a commentator or three papers.
  • Anyone who hasn’t been on the TSHA program since 2018 is eligible to participate. 
  • The deadline is February 1.
  • Click the link above for the call for papers.

Want to make a difference? Join the DFW Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

  • The Chancellor’s office is currently recruiting graduate students to apply for the unique opportunity to represent TCU as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow.
  • If you are a graduate student and committed to creating and promoting change in the community, please attend one of the following info sessions: November 13 and December 3, 2019.
  • Both will occur at Noon in the Kelly Center (lunch provided). Graduate students will get an email for them to RSVP for the info session.
  • Applications are due by Friday, January 24, 2020. Visit or email for more information.

Keep up with all CRES related events by visiting our web calendar

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