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CRES News Digest Vol. 2, Issue 7

April 16th – April 29th

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Welcome Message

Welcome to this week’s installment of the CRES News Digest.

The CRES Student Research and Creativity Symposium and Spring Banquet was held on Monday, April 15th. Click on the link to see the faculty, staff, and student award winners!

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities, Harmony Science Academy in Fort Worth is asking for volunteers as they build and outdoor learning lab in just one day. Click here for more details.

Students, please note the CRES Fall classes flyer available at the bottom of this digest.  There is still time to sign-up for the CRES Graduate Certificate as well as for CRES summer classes. See below for more information.

We are interested in helping to spread any good news that our faculty, staff, or students 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, April 26th.

In Solidarity,

Cecilia Hill, CRES Graduate Assistant
Orlando Lara, Associate Director of CRES



2019 CRES Symposium and Banquet Award Winners

On Monday, April 15th, the CRES community gathered for the Inaugural CRES Student Research and Creativity Symposium. Later that evening, CRES held its second Spring Banquet where it recognized CRES Symposium and Banquet Award winners, as well as our first cohort of CRES Graduates. Click here to read more.


CRES Classes

CRES Graduate Certificate

You still have time to enroll in the CRES Graduate Certificate and Intro course for Fall 2019. A Graduate Certificate in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies is available to TCU graduate students as a supplement to existing master’s and doctoral degrees programs. The course introduces students to a broad range of critical interrogations of race and ethnicity, including critical race theory, critical ethnic studies, and global critical race feminism to name a few. The certificate helps prepare students to apply critical race and ethnic studies to their respective professions and disciplines.

Click here to apply for the CRES Graduate Certificate.

Classes for Summer 2019

flyer of summer classes with link to full flyerCRES is now offering CRES 10103: Engaging Difference and Diversity in the US and, for the first time, CRES 20103: Intro to African American Studies during the summer.

HIST 10803: Intro to Islamic Civilization and JOUR 20003: Diversity and the Media are also still available.

Click here to see a full roster of CRES classes available during the Summer of 2019.

Click here to see all classes for Fall 2019.


CRES Events

Friday, April 26th
Polyvox World Salon and Open Mic
SCHAR 3004, 12pm – 1pm

Click image below for full flyer.


Campus Events

Monday, April 22nd
Palko 130, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
The College of Education is hosting a free screening of the documentary film Being Enye, “the award-winning film that is turning the Latino identity conversation upside down.” Learn more at and click the link above to RSVP on EventBrite.

6:00pm – Live Aerosol Art Demonstration featuring Street Artist MIKE 360 (outside near Froghenge)

7:00pm – “The Art of Freestyle Masterclass” ft. MC SUPERNATURAL(performance with Q&A)

(Erma Lowe Hall Studio)

Monday, April 29th
Celebration of Community Engagement
Kelly Alumni Cox B and C, 5:30pm – 7

Opportunity to celebrate accomplishments from faculty, staff and students in collaboration with community partners.

Monday, April 29th

BLUU Ballroom, 6pm
Come join AddRan College of Liberal Arts and the John V. Roach Honor’s College as they host Fort Worth Mayoral candidates at the first ever TCU Mayoral Forum. Register online at

Tuesday, April 30th

RJH Incubator Lab, 3:30pm
Come listen to SIS sponsored talk by Purna Banerjee, Associate Professor of English, Presidency University, Kolkata. Click the link above for full flyer. 


Wednesday, May 11th
Smith 104, 11:30am – 1:30pm

This interactive session will introduce participants to cultural humility and how their identity-based lenses and perspectives contribute to intentionally inclusive or passively exclusive environments. Facilitated by Shani Barrax Moore, D & I Strategist. Lunch provided and limited seating.

Click here for full flyer with registration info. 

Community News and Events

Saturday, April 27th
RAICES in Fort Worth, 10:30am
Call to register at 817-717-9377 or online at
Event organized by Justice Journey students.


Friday, April 5th – Saturday, April 27th

Latino Art

Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Monday through Saturday, 9am – 5pm

A​qui/Ahora is a multi-media exhibition showcasing a selection of Latino/x artists who are responding to the political and social climate of today. Through an investigative lens the artists delve into issues of commerce and labor, historical narratives seen through an altered perspective, activism and the inevitable cultural collision of our time. The exhibition presents artists Sara Cardona, Francisco Josue Alvarado Araujo, Jeffry Valadez, Melissa Gamez-Herrera, Giovanni Valderas and Fabiola Valenzuela. Each artist and their work creates historical markers that are telling of their place here and now as it relates to the Latino/x experience.

Faculty and Student Achievements

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Farris, Associate Professor of Political Science and CRES Core Faculty whose accomplishments in teaching, scholarship, and service to TCU and the academy have led to Tenure and Promotion!



Congratulations to Assistant Professor of English and CRES Core Faculty, Joseph Darda for his recent publication in the March 2019 issue of American Quarterly, the flagship journal of American Studies. The article addresses how our historical and cultural memory of the Vietnam war has shaped, and continues to be shaped by, the figures of the refugee from Southeast Asia and the white veteran both of whom play a critical, complicated role in literature linked to the war. (Thank you to Dr. Sarah Robbins for this concise overview)

“Like a Refugee: Veterans, Vietnam, and the Making of a False Equivalence”

Congratulations to CRES core and affiliated faculty Dr. Melita Garza of the Scheiffer College of Communication and Dr. Ariane Balizet, Dr. Emily Farris, Mr. Alex Lemon, and Dr. Vanessa Bouche of the AddRan College of Arts who were honored at convocation for their exemplary teaching.

CRES Graduate Certificate and Doctoral Student in Curriculum Studies, Whitney Roach won the Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award, evidence of the excellent work she doing to bring needed change to TCU!

Kuddos to CRES Graduate Certificate and Education Master’s Student, Kelcia Righton who was elected VP of Student Engagement for the Graduate Student Senate.



Immigrants Rising: Transforming Lives through Higher Education

Click the link above to learn more about resources for undergraduate and graduate students. Immigrants Rising empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation.

Calls for Papers and Award Opportunities

¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

  • Applications for 2019-2020 School Year open March 18 through April 30, 2019
  • Through this national education initiative, HACU and Southwest Airlines will award roundtrip e-pass(es) to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students across the country who travel away from home to pursue a higher education and meet the eligibility criteria. Click the link above to learn more and to apply. 

July 8-9, 2019, The Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CDDS), “Slavery and its Afterlives: Blackness, Representation, Social Justice Vision,” Goldsmiths, London

  •  CCDS’ Diasporic Dialogue conference series aims to extend our understanding of diaspora, to connect diasporas and, in the process, to forge new critical directions
  • The deadline for poetry readings, performances, panel, and paper proposals is May 8th, 2019. Click the link above for more information. 

September 12-14, 2019, Sixth Biannual Ethnicity, Race, Indigenous Peoples’ Conference, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

  • This conference is organized by ERIP, the LASA section on Ethnicity, Race, and Indigenous Peoples, in collaboration with Gonzaga University and the Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies journal (LACES). ERIP is committed to the promotion of research, teaching, and the exchange of ideas about all topics related to ethnicity, race relations, Indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and other ethnic or racial groups in Latin America, the Caribbean, and across the Americas.
  • Click the link above for more information. Deadline to submit a proposal is May 15th, 2019.

October 31 – November 3, 2019, History of Education Society, Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio

  • Call for proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society invites proposals on all topics related to the history of education, in any period or nation, and especially proposals that cross cultures, periods, or national boundaries.

Conferences and Workshops

Various Dates, National Student Leadership Diversity Convention

  • The NSLDC is the largest national gathering of student leaders and campus based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our campuses today. Through experiential workshops, keynote sessions, and round table discussions teams of students will explore various elements of diversity and how they affect themselves and their campuses.

April 24-25, 2019, 6th Annual Cultural Inclusion Institute, Historic Menger Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

April 30, 2019, 7th Annual Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Summit, Sanford Center, Sioux Falls, SD

  • registration deadline is April 22, 2019

May 16-17, 2019, Gloria Anzaldúa : Translating B/borders University of Paris VIII

May 16-17, 2019, Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference, Race and Equity Center, University of Southern California

June 14, 2019, MAS Decolonial Epistemologies Symposium, UTSA

June 15, 2019, K-12 Summit for MAS in our Schools, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas

June 17-21, 2019, Mexican American Studies Teachers’ Academy, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, Texas

  • The one-week academy provides secondary educators with presentations and workshops for instructing Mexican American social studies and literature courses with specific content for teaching in their discipline. Professional development hours are available.

October 3-5, 2019, 40th Annual Texas Genealogical and Historical Conference, Dallas, Texas

  • #HOGAR40 theme: “Honoring Our Ancestors: A 500-year Journey Back to Hernán Cortés”

October 31 – November 2, 2019, Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa Twelfth Annual ASMEA Conference, Washington D.C.

  • The ASMEA Research Grant Program seeks to support research on topics in Middle Eastern and African studies that deserve greater attention.

November 14 – November 17, 2019, National Women’s Studies Association Conference, San Francisco, California

  • The theme: Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing speaks to the historic moment in which we live and the new world that we want to create. The NWSA invites papers, performances, and panes – from all disciplines – that represent the global dimensions of gender concerns to this conferences.

Click image below for a full list of CRES Fall 2019 courses.

spring flyer of courses

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