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CRES News Digest Vol. 5, Issue 2

Welcome to the CRES News Digest!
We are eager to spread any good news, perspectives, and events 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 Monday, September 7th.

In Solidarity,

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

CRES Spotlight

Welcome back from Dr. Scott Kurashige, the new chair of CRES.

On behalf of CRES, I would like to welcome everyone back for a new year that is certain to be unlike any before. As the new chair . . . read more.


Congratulations to CRES Affiliates, Dr. Peter Worthing and Dr. Stacie McCormick

Winner of the Michael R. Ferrari Award for Distinguished University Service 2020

Peter Worthing, Ph.D., professor of history, associate dean for graduate studies and research, AddRan College, and CRES Affiliated faculty: “Dr. Worthing has enhanced the student experience, moved the needle with respect to DEI initiatives and led faculty outside the College. I would also add that he has a robust and active research agenda and continues to publish in the area of Asian history.”

Finalist for the Michael R. Ferrari Award for Distinguished University Service 2020

Stacie McCormick, Ph.D., associate professor of English, Chair of African American and Africana Studies, and CRES Affiliated Faculty: “She merges scholarly engagement with community building that supports underrepresented students and faculty as well as potential allies. her skills in juggling multiple initiatives, her commitment and her energy are clearly demonstrated with each new creative initiative she envisions and makes possible.”

Congratulations to CRES Graduate Certificate Students, Whitney Roach and Cecilia N. Sánchez Hill

The Fall 2020 edition of TCU Magazine featured both graduates students’ research and their efforts to bring necessary changes in schooling for historically marginalized students.

Whitney Roach Seeks Ways to Make Schools More Inclusive for Queer Students

“The work matters, Roach said. ‘Queer individuals exist, and they have forever. So it’s not as though we’re discussing unicorns. We’re discussing people in the world.'”



Cecilia Hill Brings Awareness of Mexican American History to Fort Worth Schools

“And, she said, it is important — now more than ever — for students of all races and backgrounds to feel included and represented in the nation’s history and culture.”

COVID-19 Update

To stay informed on COVID-19 cases at TCU visit the new COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard includes daily cases and total cases for a better understanding of trends, in addition to current active cases.

Positive cases of COVID-19 increased during the first week of school. Be sure you are following all TCU COVID-19 guidelines including wearing a mask while on campus, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding any large gatherings off-campus.

For information on changes due to COVID19, please check out the TCU COVID19 Student Resources webpage.

Additionally, if you need to visit the CRES offices, please first make an appointment with CRES Administrative Assistant Toni Taylor by email or call the office at 817-257-4144

CRES Suggested Readings

A Farewell Letter to DEI Work

Tatiana McInnis, Ph.D., newly hired Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Assistant Professor in CRES, writes, “Such [Diversity and Inclusion] departments, centers, divisions and programs are spaces of impossibility; they cannot do the things they are tasked with as they are not empowered to hold community members accountable when they fail to uphold stated investments in equity. They operate on a hope that edifying others with best practices means that those people will implement such practices. They exist not to create systemic change but as evidence that the work has already been done. Here, organizations say, is our investment in equity: engage with it, ignore it or belittle it as you’d like.

Like most diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs created within large, well-resourced institutions, these roles are additive rather than transformative. They add to already bloated administrative expenditures. They don’t and can’t interrogate institutional investments. They don’t and can’t put faculty or staff members on probation for failing to uphold a stated commitment to a welcoming environment for all. A world that values Black lives, that understands that Black lives are beloved, will look radically different than this one…”

The Literature of White Liberalism

“During the Great Awokening of 2020, precipitated by the uprisings following the concurrent May 25, 2020, murder of George Floyd and the Amy Cooper Central Park incident, the media tide turned from handwringing about euphemistic “race relations” to focus on what Eduardo Bonilla-Silva has deftly termed “racism without racists” and what Mica Pollock has described as colormuteness—the inability or refusal to talk about race and racism. The literature of white liberalism attempts to address this status quo. Of the books examined here, two present themselves as “how-tos,” two use “talking” in their titles, and four explicitly name whiteness.

…The literature of white liberalism is obviously not a decolonial abolitionist literature. It succeeds by allowing the reading class to think about antiracism untethered from anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism. That is not to say that it has nothing to offer, nor that the authors are pro-capitalist shills. While all of these books offer sharp analyses of the way capitalism destroys Black and minoritized lives, they mention, but don’t center, the powerful critiques of capitalism issued by Black and minoritized traditions. This is something both white liberalism and white leftism have in common, despite being multiracial formations.” – Melissa Phruksachart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Film, Television, and Media at the University of Michigan

Attention CRES Undergraduate Students: CRES is Hiring

The Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) is seeking an undergraduate assistant to lead on marketing, social media and other communications for our budding department. CRES is entering its fourth year as an academic department at TCU and includes academic programs in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, African American and Africana Studies, and Latinx Studies. To apply, please visit:


Campus Virtual Events

Race and Reconciliation Initiative Virtual Town Hall

Thursday, August 27th
Zoom (requires registration, info below)

TCU’s Race and Reconciliation Initiative will host a virtual town hall meeting from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27. Hosted by chair Frederick Gooding, Jr., Ph.D., the town hall will provide an opportunity for the TCU community to learn the goals of the initiative, meet the committee members and ask questions about the project’s charge. Register here and join the conversation about TCU’s recognition and ultimate reconciliation with these timely and important matters.

Friday Focus discussion of two short Native-made films about women’s empowerment led by Dr. Wendi Sierra (Oneida)

cosponsored by TCU’s Anthropological Society & Native and Indigenous Students Association

Friday, September 4
Online via Zoom: Meeting ID 964 9948 4930

Dr. Sierra will lead a discussion of two short Native-made films on Native women’s empowerment.


The Boxers of Brule, a documentary short (38 minutes) that follows 23-year-old Shaionna Grass Rope as she creates a girls’ boxing team in memory of her best friend- amateur boxer Cheryl Ziegler- who she lost to suicide in January 2017. As she fights to lead the girls of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe towards a safer path, she struggles with her own past trauma and addiction. Click the image to watch the trailer.

Rematriation (8 minutes): For generations, Indigenous peoples have asked humanity to raise its consciousness for our Mother Earth. Now, Indigenous women are raising their voices to demonstrate what living in balance looks like, by sharing gifts given to them by Creation. Rematriation Magazine centered the voices of 10 Indigenous women to share stories of resilience, leadership, spirituality, healing, and honoring life. Click the image to watch the trailer.

  • Please watch the films BEFORE the discussion; they will be available for free viewing starting Monday, August 31 at (look under Aug. 31; note that you need to register before you can view the films).
  • Dr. Wendi Sierra (Oneida) is Assistant Professor of Game Studies in TCU’s Honors College. For more information about her work visit
  • for more information, including Zoom meeting password, please contact Dr. Dave Aftandilian at

Opportunity for CRES Students

The Black Doctoral Network welcomes current undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, and postdoctoral scholars of all racial backgrounds to participate in their online poster session at the 8th Annual Black Doctoral Network Virtual Conference, to be held on October 29-31, 2020. If you have a research project, thesis, or dissertation you would like to present as a poster at a professional conference, the poster session is a good opportunity for you to showcase your academic work and receive constructive feedback from scholars ina friendly and engaging environment. For more information and to submit an abstract click here. Click on the image for the full flyer. 

A little satire . . .

We Condemn All Institutional Racism Except Our Own

by Amanda Lehr and Tatiana McInnis

Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

We feel it to be our solemn duty to make a statement about recent events before all our peer institutions beat us to the punch. In this time of division, we flailed through the Provost’s book of inspirational, unifying quotes and landed on the aphorism, “Change begins at home.” As we reflect on our own campus home, we definitively state our intent to stand against hate, prejudice, and other harmful nouns, as well as to fight racism where it lives: elsewhere . . . read more.

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