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CRES News Digest Vol. 4 Issue 2

February 6th – February 18th

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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, February 14th.

In Solidarity,

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

CRES Spotlight

Wednesday, February 19th
Cecil H. and Ida Green Premier Honors Chair lecture featuring leading Black Studies scholar, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Shaddock Auditorium, Neeley 2410, 6:00pm

Dr. Muhammad is an award-winning professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard University Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. A native of Chicago’s South Side, Dr. Muhammad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics in 1993, and then earned his Ph.D. in U.S. History from Rutgers University in 2004. Prior to his tenure at Harvard, he was the former Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a division of the New York Public Library and the world’s leading library and archive of global black history. Still an active scholar, Dr. Muhammad notably contributed a key piece to  The 1619 Project  and is an expert on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Click image for full flyer. RSVP for the public lecture here.

For more information, please contact Jane Mantey at

Additionally, Dr. Muhammad will be providing a pedagogy workshop on February 19 at 2:30 PM in Neely 1217 on how to talk about race in the classroom and incorporate anti-racism into your curricula across academic disciplines. This faculty development training is open to all TCU faculty and graduate students. To RSVP for this event, please click HERE.

CRES Recommended Reads

Hiring a Chief Diversity Officer Won’t Fix Your Racist Company Culture

Continuing the dialogue on racial equity and culture change within organizations and institutions, here is a great article from Nadia Owusu, author and Associate Director at Living Cities, an economic racial justice organization, on the hard-learned lessons she has gathered from her own experiences as a Chief Diversity Officer (CDOs) and the experiences of other CDOs of color.

Racial equity requires ongoing, daily practice and commitment from all employees, especially those at the top. This is what many company leaders who hire a CDO fail to understand or internalize—that they, like my friend Sandra’s bosses, are looking for someone like a CDO to solve their company’s racism problem. They can’t see that they themselves are part of the problem; that they and only they have the power to reverse the harm being done; that changing their organization requires them to first change their own behavior, challenge their own biases, listen and do the work even when it is not easy or convenient or comfortable. And while they persist in their denial and dodge their responsibility, people of color within their companies continue to pay a professional and emotional toll that is far too high.” – Nadia Owusu

CRES News and Events

To kick-off Black History Month in Fort Worth, Dr. Jeanelle Hope, CRES Assistant Professor, and Dr. Brandon Manning, English Assistant Professor and CRES Core Member, were panelists for a post-film screening of Cabin in the Sky at The Grand Berry Theater this past Saturday, Feb. 01, 2020.

Based on the hit Broadway musical of the same name, Cabin in the Sky, follows compulsive gambler Little Joe Jackson (Eddie Anderson) who dies in a drunken brawl. When he awakens in purgatory, agents of God and Lucifer both come to claim his soul but settle the dispute by agreeing that Little Joe may return to earth for six months – during which he must prove where his soul belongs by choosing between moral righteousness and hedonistic pleasures. Being one of MGM’s few films with an all-black cast, Cabin in the Sky is a rare showcase of the top African American talent of the day, including Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, Louis Armstrong, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, John “Bubbles” Sublett and Duke Ellington.

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. Open to faculty and graduate students.

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


Wednesday, February 19th
CRES Faculty Development Workshop: Adopting Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across Disciplines featuring Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Neeley Business School, Rm. 1217, 2:30 PM

CRES Premier Green Honors Chair recipient, Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad will be providing a pedagogy workshop on February 19 at 2:30 PM (room TBA) on how to talk about race in the classroom and incorporate anti-racism into your curricula across academic disciplines.This faculty development training is open to all TCU faculty and graduate students. You can RSVP via Eventbrite by clicking HERE. To hear from Dr. Muhammad why educating students about race and racism is important, check out his brief interview with Time Magazine HERE.

image of Dr. Sarah RobbinsFrom Dr. Sarah Robbins, Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature and CRES Core Member:

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!

Campus News and Events

In support of Jane Doe #1. To contribute: Venmo $10 to @J4JD-20 with your shirt size. Proceeds will help Jane Doe pay for legeal fees, hotel expenses, groceries, etc.

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Friday, February 7th
Jarvis Hall 2nd Floor, 12:00 – 3pm
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion would like to extend an invitation to all students for our first Student Mixer of the semester. Come out and enjoy food, games, music, and giveaway prizes! Learn more about organizations across campus while mingling with other students.
Ayvaunn Penn, adjunct professor of theatre at TCU, has written and is directing what she hopes will be an agent of social change. The staged reading is open to the public; admission is free, but seating is limited. A community discussion immediately following. Click the link above to learn more about the project and to register. 
Monday, February 17th
BLUU Ballroom, 6:00 -8:00pm
The Department of Social Work invites you to attend the Green Chair Public Lecure with Matt Bennett, Trauma-care advocate, author, trainer, and innovator. Free and open to the public (2.0 CEs for social workers, educators, and LPCs). For more information contact the Department of Social Work here. 


Monday, February 24th
BLUU Auditorium, 6:30 pm
The Wellness office in partnership with the Department of Fashion Merchandising is bringing Dr. Christel, a national expert on plus-size fashion and weight bias and one of the co-founders of the Kade & Vos Clothing company to campus.

Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community celebrates faculty and staff members who serve as role models, advisors, and guides to students. Has a CRES faculty or staff served as a mentor to you? Click here to nominate them for this award.


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



Community Events

Sunday, February 23rd

Women in the Room Production presents this film by Monique W. Morris and Jacoba Atlas. The film screen will be followed by a community panel of educational experts including CRES Assistant Professor, Dr. Jeanelle Hope. Click the link above to reserve a ticket and the image for full flyer. 
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.

Saturday, March 21st
Texas Wesleyan University, 8:30am
Fort Worth ISD invites you to engage in conversations and learn how our differences are not a source of discord or division – but a source of strength and recognition. Click the link above for full flyer.
Click here to register to attend the event or volunteer. If you are interested in presenting contact Barbara Grover, FWISD Equity & Excellence Coordinator.

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.

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

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