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CRES Quarantine News Issue 1

April 20th – May 3rd

Welcome Message

Welcome back to the CRES News Digest!
It has certainly been a while. 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, 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 would like to share any CRES-related virtual events, publications, volunteer opportunities, jobs, internships, or conference information in the next CRES News Digest, please send your suggestions to Cecilia Hill by Wednesday, April 29th

In Solidarity,

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

CRES Spotlight

On behalf of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Scott Kurashige has accepted our offer to serve as the next Chair of CRES, joining our department faculty at the rank of full Professor.

More about Dr. Kurashige:

“Dr. Scott Kurashige is professor of Ethnic Studies and American Studies, focusing on Asian American studies, African American studies, urban studies, activism, and community organizing. He received his MA in Asian American studies (1996) and PhD in history (2000) from UCLA. His research has concentrated on the relationship between Asian Americans and African Americans and on the cities of Los Angeles and Detroit.

He is the author or co-author of four books: The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (2008, winner of the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Award for distinguished book on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present and the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies), The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (with Grace Lee Boggs, 2011), Exiled to Motown: A History of Japanese Americans in Detroit (with the Detroit JACL, 2015), and The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit (2017).

From 1998 to 2015, he was a close collaborator with Grace Lee Boggs, a radical philosopher/activist based in Detroit. His current book project book project, Neighbors in the Hood, probes how Asians, since the neoliberal turn of the 1970s, have become a convenient scapegoat for the multi-faceted problems and intersecting crises tied to deindustrialization, corporate globalization, and the devastation of predominantly African American cities and urban communities. It further addresses how Asian American activists have responded to this scapegoating by developing structural analyses that critique anti blackness while fostering a multiracial vision of social justice and coalition building.

Dr. Kurashige is also the most recent president of the American Studies Association, and has been credited with bringing more young, diverse, and radical scholarship and membership into the organization.”

Thank you to all of the faculty, staff, and students who took the time to provide feedback and attend activities with our invited candidates this semester. It truly has been a collective effort, and we should all be proud of the space that we are still cultivating for Ethnic Studies on our campus. Please know that with a new chair comes new opportunities for self-reflection, improvement, and growth, and we hope that our students will continue to join us on that journey as active participants.

Much appreciation,

Jane Mantey, Ph.D.

CRES Congratulations

CRES Faculty have selected Julian Cooley as our first ever CRES Senior Scholar. This distinction recognizes Cooley’s extraordinary work throughout his college career as well as the exciting work he is doing on his departmental honors thesis. Congratulations on this hard-earned and well-deserved honor, Julian! We are so glad that you chose to major in CRES, and know you will make us proud in the future!


Congratulations to . . .

Dr. Scott Kurashige, CRES Department Chair (beginning July 2020) who was granted tenure.
Dr. Stacie McCormick, Co-Director of African American and Africana Studies who earned a promotion to associate professor and tenure.

Congratulations to the following CRES Associated Faculty who received tenure and promotions:

CRES Affiliated Faculty members granted tenure:
Aaron Navarro—History

CRES Affiliated Faculty members promoted to professor:
Charlotte Hogg—English
Alex Lemon—English
Amiso George—Strategic Communication
Suki John—Dance
Nina Martin—Dance

CRES Affiliated Faculty members granted tenure and promoted to associate professor:
Marie Ciriza-Lope—Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Sean Crotty—Geography
Joseph Darda, English
Sean Atkinson—Music
Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.—John V. Roach Honors College

CRES Affiliated Faculty members promoted to the rank of senior instructor:
 Jill Havens—English
Marie Schein—French

CRES Affiliated Faculty members were awarded Emeritus status:
Jack Hill—Religion
Bonnie Melhart—Dean

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 Students in McAllen

Jazmín Rosales, Cecilia Hill, Mark Valenzuela, and Danny Ramos

CRES graduate and undergraduate students attended the NAACS Tejas Foco Conference in McAllen March 5th through the 7th.

Jazmín Rosales reflected on her experiences at the conference:

One of my favorite session’s was titled “Theorizing ChicanX Epistemology through food, poetry, and novels,” in which one speaker focused on “sazón” and how having this unique taste when cooking –which uses no measuring tools– is a form of generational knowledge that encourages oral traditions and reminds us to give credence to our elders.  Another of my favorite sessions was “Manifestations and Implications of a Chicana/Latina/Native Feminists Praxis,” which focused on creating brave spaces of healing for women within classrooms, which typically don’t make space or grant airtime for women of color. We made Zines while sharing space and checked in with each other and meditated together. This space was healing, it also reminded me of why I want to teach Mexican American Studies (MAS) and/or LatinX Studies in High School—and the space I’d like to create for my students. The last event, “Noche Cultura” was an open event in which many Mexican American artists, musicians, and food vendors set up in the downtown McAllen area. The culture expressed was a hybrid of Northern Mexico and Southern U.S. Walking around reminded me of Gloria Anzaldúa’s book, “Borderlands,” which speaks of the emersion of a new hybrid identity for Mexican Americans. We also visited art galleries and spoke to the contributing artists

Overall, the conference was what I’ve learned about my culture, my identity, and beauty of my Chicana culture. Thank you TCU CRES Department and all those who contributed to the CRES FrogFunding campaign last fall for sponsoring my trip to the conference!

SIS News

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies is looking for graduate students enrolled in the CRES Graduate Certificate program to participate in a focus group with Sibson Consulting to discuss your experiences in and vision for the certificate program. The focus group will take place in May after finals. If you are interested, please send an email to Dr. Jane Mantey.


CRES Events

Every Friday
Via Zoom, 12 – 2pm
SIS will be hosting virtual hang outs each Friday for the remainder of the semester for any CRES or WGST students who want to take part. Click the link above or email Trish Cassaday to get the zoom meeting ID and password. 

Friday, April 24th
Via Zoom, 6:30 – 7:30pm

A place for students of color to gather (virtually) and express themselves freely; grounded in love of self and others.  Click the link above to see the full flyer. 


Wednesday, May 6th
Via Zoom
Attention all CRES Seniors:

Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services and CRES will celebrate the graduating Class of 2020 at 6 pm on May 7th with a virtual Unity Celebration.

If you are CRES senior and would like to participate complete this RSVP form by Friday, April 24th. Those who participate will receive graduation stoles, which are listed in the RSVP. In order to receive the link for Unity Celebration, you must complete your RSVP in full.

If you would like to contribute to a virtual slideshow for the Class of 2020, please email Jamartae Jackson a recorded video message; a senior picture of yourself; and/or artwork. There is a special opportunity for one Senior to provide a closing message to the graduating Class of 2020. Please refer to the RSVP link for more information.

An additional link will be available soon for those who want to RSVP to watch the celebration live.

CRES Recommended Reads

A Green-Red New Deal Can Save Black Lives In A Post-COVID-19 World

Given that Earth Day is this week, check out this fantastic article written by our very own, Dr. Jane Mantey, for Essence magazine on the link between infectious disease pandemics and climate change, and why we need to be thinking “climate justice” during this unsettling era of COVID19.

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.

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.

Campus News and Events

Wednesday, April 24th
2 – 3pm via Zoom
A message from Rosangela Boyd, Director of Community Involvement & Service Learning:

I hope this message finds you well.  With only a few weeks of instruction left and what appears to be an eternity of virtual life behind us, I thought you might be craving some social contact and conversations that go beyond our current global crisis.  In an effort to bring us together to enhance our confidence in creating inclusive learning environments and equitable communities, I have enlisted the help of a national expert who has agreed to facilitate a webinar for faculty. Click the link above to RSVP for the webinar. Zoom link

Practices and Possibilities for a More Inclusive, Equitable, and Just Community, led by Dr. Tania D. Mitchell

Dr. Mitchell is an associate professor of Higher Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Her teaching interests include social justice theory, civic discourse, public service, leadership and the pedagogy, philosophy and practice of service-learning in higher education. For more information on her professional profile click the link above.

In addition, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about our service-learning grants.  The purpose of this funding is to support faculty members interested in utilizing service-learning pedagogy in their courses or programs.  The guidelines and application form may be found here.

For this year, we will have two cycles.  This first cycle is for Fall courses. The deadline for the first cycle is set for August 1st, in hopes that by then we will have a better idea of how our next semester will go. In November, we will open another cycle for Spring initiatives. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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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.

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

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