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CRES News Digest, Vol. 5, Issue 6

Illustration by Mark Valenzuela

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 Friday, October 23rd.

In Solidarity,

Cecilia Hill, CRES Graduate Assistant
Mark Valenzuela, CRES Undergraduate Assistant
Somiari Tobin, CRES Undergraduate Assistant
A.J. Rangel, CRES Undergraduate Assistant
Dr. Jane Mantey, Associate Director of CRES

Voting Locations in Tarrant County

Click the image to see a list of voting locations in Tarrant County.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one:

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
  • copy of or original current utility bill;
  • copy of or original bank statement;
  • copy of or original government check;
  • copy of or original paycheck; or
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

CRES Spotlight



TCU is providing students the opportunity to participate in early voting on Saturday, October 17. Food and transportation will be provided. CDC and TCU guidelines will be followed to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Meet at Palko 130 – Transportation will operate from 9am-4pm.

Please bring everything you need to vote!

RSVP here.



TCU RRI: Dialogue and Discussion

Race and Reconciliation Initiative Event

Join the TCU debate team and TCU’s Race and Reconciliation Initiative Thursday, October 22 at 3:30pm for a dialogue and discussion about how TCU should tell the history of the Clark brothers.

Starting with the fall 2020 semester, the Race and Reconciliation Initiative (RRI) 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. This academic endeavor will draw upon a number of our existing programs to raise awareness of racism and inequality, helping us work toward a campus culture where everyone is respected and valued.

RRI also will immediately open channels of communication with the broader TCU community through the placement of signage next to the statue of Addison and Randolph Clark, TCU’s founders, both to signal the start of the initiative and to encourage continued community engagement. In recognizing that this is merely the first step of many, a final report and recommendations from the first year of inquiry will include modeling how to explore other identities in the university’s shared history.

Register for this event and read more about TCU RRI here.

CRES Fall Welcome

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 academic year, Horned Frogs! We’d love for you to meet and get to know our CRES faculty members, but COVID19 has made that complicated. So, instead, watch this video to get to know some of our Department’s faculty and why they think Ethnic Studies is a brilliant and vital field to consider selecting for your major/minor.

Click here to learn more about our degree programs.

We look forward to curating an academic and intellectual space for students to critically examine power, race, and indigeneity; learn about the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Native American, Black, Latinx and Caribbean, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Arab American, and other peoples of color; and explore collective efforts to foster justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion on and off campus. Have fantastic fall semester! #TCUCRES. #morethanamajor. #amovement.

CRES Events

Seadrift film

Seadrift: Refugees, Racism, and Reconciliation
October 20, 2020
5:00pm, Zoom

This installment of CRES Conversations will include a screening of Seadrift, a film about Refugees, Racism, and Reconciliation.

Join us for the online screening followed by an interactive conversation with Vietnamese American studies Professor Thao Ha. Click the link above for more information about the film. 

Zoom Link for Lecture and Conversation
Password: 548019

Description: Three decades ago, Seadrift, Texas, became the focus of national attention following the outbreak of racial conflict when refugees of the Vietnam War resettled in the coastal town. After a Vietnamese American fisherman shot and killed a white rival, a jury acquitted him for acting in self-defense. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupted into violence, a maelstrom of boat burnings, and a campaign by the KKK to drive Vietnamese Americans out of the small town. How does a community recover and heal after such a deep and violent rift? “Seadrift” examines this turbulent yet little-seen chapter of American history, and explores its consequences that continue to reverberate today. More info at:

Thao Ha

Thao Ha is associate producer of Seadrift and professor of Sociology at MiraCosta College. She earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and has published in the areas of immigration and Vietnamese Americans in the South.

Praise for Seadrift:

“Salient and universal… an insightful fable for our own troubling times.”
Chicago Reader


Best Historical Film, Dallas International Film Festival (2019)
Grand Jury Award, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2019)
2019 Texas Visionary Award Winner, Houston Film Critics Society (2019)

Gentefied Screening

Netflix Screening: Gentefied
Friday, October 16, 2020

Please join us in watching the first two episodes of the Netflix series, Gentefied with a panel discussion of both episodes by members of the United Latino Association, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, and Chi Upsilon Sigma. Click the link above for more information.

Please join us via zoom:

Click on image for full flyer. 



On September 8, 2020, CRES-Affiliated Faculty Members, Drs. Scott Kurashige, Frederick Gooding, Stacie McCormick and Brandon Manning sponsored and participated in teach-in events as part of the nationwide #ScholarStrike call for “a public teach-in about police brutality and violence in our communities from both historical and contemporary perspectives.” Nearly 300 people participated in three live events held on Zoom. Click the link above to see the TCU360 coverage.

Professor Gooding

Professor F. Gooding Featured On NBC-DFW News

CRES-Affiliated Faculty Member Frederick Gooding, Jr. (Honors) appeared on an NBC Channel 5 “Call for Change” Conversation with U.T. Arlington professor Dr. Frederick Engram, Jr. to discuss athletes demonstrating against police brutality and engaging in social justice activism. Click the link above to read the article. 


Dr. Max Krochmal

OP-ED: If They Care About Equity, Fort Worth Schools Must Extend Virtual Learning

by CRES-Affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Max Krochmal (History) on virtual learning in FWISD.

“As a scholar of race, a parent of Fort Worth ISD kids, a spouse of a school district educator, and a member of the district’s Racial Equity Committee, I remain very skeptical that schools can be reopened safely now or perhaps at any point this year. Much of the district staff’s planning has struck me as magical thinking, at best — or, in other moments, as outright lies.”

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

Campus Virtual Events

Teens in Cinema

Teens in Cinema: WGST Film Series

What makes a film a “teen movie?” Are movies about teens the same as teen movies? And what is a “teen,” for that matter? Come watch classic and new films and examine the genre through the lens of gender, race, sexuality, and class. We’ll discuss the invention of the teenager and its relation to film. Click on the flyer for more details.


Worlds of Words

TCU Worlds of Words

On behalf of Muriel Cormican, Professor of German and Chair

You are invited to the WoW (Worlds of Words), Modern Language Studies’ second series celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity–virtual this term though. The series includes speakers from departments across the college and university, both faculty and students. Please join us as possible, and please share information about the events with students. Our goal is to emphasize plurilingualism (English included) and transnational trends and relationships, so no previous experience with non-English languages is required. All are welcome. Click the title for more info.


Engaged Faculty Webinar

Engaged Faculty Webinar
Friday, October 30, 2020
2 – 3pm

“Beyond the Semester: Using Open Pedagogy to Make Learning Have a Lasting Impact” Facilitated by Lance Eaton, Berkman Klein Center For Internet and Society at Harvard University

Click the flyer for more information.





Connected Campus

SIS Monthly Hangouts

 Friday, November 13, 2020
Noon – 1pm


Join SIS Faculty/Staff and Experts for a casual chat. Click the flyer for more information.






TCC Protests Webinar Series

Tarrant County College – Protests in American History Webinar Series

October 23 and November 13, 2-3:30pm
Various Days throughout Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Click the flyer for more dates and the link to attend.



Opportunity for CRES Students

Fort Worth Fellows

Fort Worth Fellows is a unique, cohort-based program in which students learn about the social issues impacting Fort Worth, examine strategies to promote social justice,  connect with non-profit organizations, community and city leaders, and contribute to social change through advocacy and service. To learn more and apply, click HERE




Opportunity for CRES Graduate Students

Virtual Grad Student Check-In

Hello RECC crew (and potential new members),

Welcome back, and for new potential folxs—welcome to the collective! RECC stands for Race, Ethnicity, and Culture Collective. We are a group of graduate students and faculty members across the University that recognize that the study of race, ethnicity, and culture are not only central to producing rigorous scholarship but is also necessary for us to figure out how to be better change agents.

RECC invites you to The Clearing: A Virtual Graduate Student Check-In on September 29th at 7pm. Interested faculty members are more than welcome to come, but it is important to note that we will be centering graduate students in this low-stakes space. This is a space for everyone to meet and fellowship—purely social. It is a welcome back of sorts, but one that recognizes the moment we are living in. While this space is going to be completely organic, we would love to hear how people are tending to themselves—where do they find joy, possible forms of resistance and protest, as well as mental health suggestions and/or spaces. We’d also like to hear what you’re reading or, if you’re like me, what you’re adding to your reading list. If you have any questions please email me at: We hope to see you all there. Click the link above for zoom information. 

the Black Doctoral Netwo

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. 

Diversity in Research Prize for AddRan Graduate Students

The Diversity in Research Prize recognizes one graduate student for excellence in research or creative activity that advances our understanding of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. This might include topics dealing with race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual identity, class, disability, or any other underrepresented group. It might also include research that brings together academic institutions and community organizations to address pressing social issues such as health and education disparities, homelessness, and migration. Click the link above for more information. Apps due Nov. 1.

Job Opportunities for CRES Graduate Students

African American Studies:

Santa Clara University

UC Davis

Williams College


Latinx Studies:

Williams College

Cal State Long Beach (Latinx Political Economy)

Cal State Long Beach (Latinx Rhetoric and Composition)

Asian American Studies:

Rice University

Indigenous Studies

Swathmore College

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies:

UC Berkeley

Calls For Papers

NACCS Tejas Foco 2021 Regional Conference
Generaciones: Commonalities and Differences over the Generations
February 19-20, 2021
Conference to be Hosted Virtually by Tarrant County College – Northeast Campus

The 2021 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies–Tejas Foco conference is an interdisciplinary conference. We invite submissions that offer analysis into past, current, and future generational differences and how these changes reflect ideas of resistance and redefinitions of self and community. Click the link above for more information including how to submit proposals.

Internal Funding Opportunity

The TCU Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund will grant up to $2500 for creative programs that foster collaborative partnerships and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion across all dimensions of identity.

The Inclusive Excellence Initiatives Fund was established to support new initiatives and strengthen existing initiatives regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion. This fund supports TCU’s strategic priority to build university experiences for students, faculty, and staff to focus on inclusive programming and educational opportunities.

Applications are open to students, registered student clubs and organizations, faculty, and staff. Funding will be used for new initiatives or support existing programs that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. New initiatives that include collaborative proposals will be favorably considered. Although there is no due date, applications will be reviewed when received, and funding will be distributed until exhausted.

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