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CRES News Digest

End of Spring 2020

Welcome Message

Welcome to the CRES News Digest!
The TCU Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies hopes that you are doing all that you can to stay indoors, stay away (physically) from other people, and stay healthy during this COVID19 pandemic. While our news digest editions may be less frequent over the summer, please know we are still here in community with you all at TCU and the broader Fort Worth community, and are just an email/phone call away.


If you are a CRES student, undergraduate or graduate, or know a CRES student doing work in the community to help during this pandemic, please let us know and send photos, links, posts, stories you/they may have of the activities. Send any information to CRES.


If you would like to share any CRES-related virtual events, publications, volunteer opportunities, jobs, internships, or conference information for publication in the first CRES News Digest for the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester, please send your suggestions to Cecilia Hill by Monday, August 10th.


In the meantime, congratulations to our affiliated students, faculty, and staff for a meaningful 2019-2020 year, and enjoy this final News Digest for the Spring semester which is full of reasons to celebrate!

In Solidarity,

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

CRES Spotlight

Additionally, we want to extend our congratulations, again, to the CRES & IIS awardees during this year’s Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services (IIS) Unity Ball:














CRES Congratulations

Congratulations to Dr. Max Krochmal, who has been selected as the Fulbright-García Robles U.S. Studies Chair at the Universidad de Las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) for the Spring 2021 semester!


Orlando Lara, former Associate Director at TCU CRES is happy to report that he was awarded the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for 2020-2021 and will receive three years of graduate funding to complete a Ph.D. in Anthropology at UC Irvine. His research investigates the social discourses and political economies that have underpinned the recent rise in state-initiated cases of denaturalization and denationalization. He also plans to investigate how U.S.-born and naturalized citizens are responding to these state acts of interpellation and questioning. Through this research, he hopes to examine the internal contradictions of citizenship/non-citizenship and the hyper-insecurity of the contemporary racial state. Orlando Lara is a member of the Sin Huellas Artist/Activist Collective and works with the Ethnic Studies Network of Texas to advance Ethnic Studies in Texas K-12. He is a member of the Macondo Writer’s Workshop and an active practitioner of multimodal, community-engaged models of Anthropology and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.


photo of Dr. Santiago PinonThe Harvard Institutes for Higher Education has accepted Dr. Santiago Piñón, Associate Professor of Religion and the Director of Latinx Studies into the 2021 cohort of the Management and Development Program. Please join us in congratulating him!




Congratulations to Dr. Stacie McCormick, Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Africana and African American Studies on receiving the WGST Jean Giles-Simes Wise Woman Award for teaching and mentoring.





Scholarship Spotlight: Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

Deadline: May 22, 2020

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program funded at 151 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to prepare underrepresented undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students, from low-income houses and with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. The goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to increase graduate degree awards for students from underrepresented segments of society.

At TCU, to be eligible to be a McNair Scholar, you must be entering your junior or  senior year with a 3.0+ GPA, interested in attending graduate school to earn your doctorate degree (field is open), and be either from a low-income household, a first-generation college student, and/or a student who is a member of a racial/ethnic group currently underrepresented in graduate education, including, but not limited to, Black/African American, Latino/a/x, Native American/ Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.  If you have any questions about eligibility, please contact Robin Melton, Director of the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program. Click the image for full flyer.

The application deadline is Friday, May 22, 2020.

The McNair Program provides the following benefits to its scholars:

  • Opportunity to work with a faculty mentor on research for which a stipend of up to $1400 is paid each long semester
  • Graduate test/GRE preparation
  • Ongoing academic assistance
  • Graduate application assistance
  • Waiver of graduate school application fees
  • Assistance with exploration of graduate opportunities
  • Admission to cultural enrichment activities

If you or a student you know would be a good candidate for the McNair Scholars program, please apply or encourage them to apply before the deadline. For more information, email or call (817) 257-5859. Click the image for full flyer.

Open Summer Courses

Click on each image to see the full flyers and read about each of these courses that carry a CRES attribute and fulfill core requirements.







CRES Advising 

Enrollment is open. Per TCU policy, meeting with your major advisor is REQUIRED to have the hold lifted before you may enroll in classes or file to graduate. Advising holds will not be removed until you have been advised, regardless of circumstance or enrollment appointment. Be sure to email Dr. Jane Mantey if you still have a hold or if you just have questions about CRES classes. Click on the flyers below for more information about our course offerings, our AAAS minor and emphasis, or our LTNX minor. Additionally, check out the flyers for some of the exciting courses being offered next semester, such as our two sections of CRES 30993: CRES Special Topics (Asian-American Anti-Racism; The Color of Money), CRES 30203: Social Justice Organizing and Activism, and WGST 30193: Queer Theories, which carries a CRES attribute.

CRES Recommended Reads

Excluding those in the sex industry from covid-19 relief is a mistake

Click the link above to read an article from Ph.D. History Candidate and SIS Graduate Assistant Leah LaGrone Ochoa where she discusses the history of the US government making moral judgments about women’s jobs and how it has reduced their choices further.

Flying During Covid-19: Planes, Poems, and Virtual Journeys

“Whenever I’m overwhelmed by life, I turn to reading. I’ve rediscovered several “old favorite” verbal portraits of journeys; rereading them in today’s context has been illuminating. If such lyrics don’t always bring solace, they at least support reflection that, for a time, can take me somewhere beyond where we all are now, cut off from so many friends and affirming social interactions.”

Click the link above to read, Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature and CRES affiliated faculty Dr. Sarah Robbins’s most recent blog.

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Career Services is available to all SIS students. Students can set up an appointment with Cara Davis, M. Ed., Career Consultant if you are in need of career support, especially if you are a junior or senior who is still internship or job searching during this time. You can set up an appointment by visiting
Monday – Friday
Various times via Zoom
Dr. Shweta Reddy from the College of Fine Arts is offering daily meditation for anyone interested. Click the link above to learn the daily times and the information to log into zoom.




Community News

Click on the images below for a list of local restaurants in the North Side/Diamond Hill and East Side neighborhoods to support!












Not registered to vote yet? It’s okay; although you can’t vote in the primary election, you can still register to vote in the presidential general election on November 3, 2020. To register to vote, please visit the Tarrant County Voter Information webpage.

Job, Institute, and Internship Opportunities

Public Service Corps Internship Program provides students with opportunities to acquire hands-on professional experience while contributing to local non-profits addressing social issues.  Faculty and staff can send nominate students or students may apply for this program as a co-curricular activity or enroll in academic credit from their discipline.  If accepted into this program, they become eligible to apply for a scholarship through the Office of Career and Professional Services. Examples of job descriptions, is available on our website here. Click the image for full flyer.

Attention TCU Undergraduates :

The TCU College Advising Corps is now hiring for the 2020-21 school year! We are looking for smart, outgoing, and organized TCU graduates who have a passion for service and helping others.

TCU College Advising Corps, housed in the TCU College of Education’s Center for Public Education, works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students entering and completing higher education. We work in partnership with 24 Tarrant County high schools in Arlington, Birdville, Crowley, Everman, Fort Worth, Lake Worth, and White Settlement ISD’s. We place recent TCU graduates as full-time, near-peer college advisers in local high schools. The TCU College Advising Corps works in our community to provide the advising and encouragement students need to successfully navigate college admissions. 2020-21, will be TCU’s tenth year of serving Texas students through this program, and we have helped tens of thousands of students achieve their dreams. We are very proud of the success of our college advisers, and what they are accomplishing in the local community. This is your chance to do something – BIG – post-graduation!

We accept TCU graduates from ALL majors and fields of study. Our program is expanding this summer. We have more than 30 openings, but you MUST apply now. We will start interviewing prospective candidates the first week of May.

This is an opportunity to serve local high school students and make a meaningful difference in our community while working full-time for TCU.

Application details:

  • Our application is on the TCU HR Web site, which is where all TCU employment opportunities are posted. Simply create a profile and apply.
  • Web site link: Click here to apply!
  • How to find the posting:
    • Job title: High School College Adviser
    • Job number: 2020-074
    • Department: College Advising Corps

Please note: Though commencement for May graduates has moved to August, you are still considered a May graduate if you have completed all of your course requirements by May 11, 2020.Please contact us if you have any questions.

Learn more about the Advising Corps:

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

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