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CRES Symposium and Banquet

2019 Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Student Research and Creativity Symposium

Rickie Clark, Mohamed Mohamed, and Kian Ghalibaf

The CRES Student Creativity and Research Symposium was held on Monday, April 15th at the Dee J. Kelley Alumni and Visitor’s Center. Undergraduate and graduate students competed in four categories: Creativity, Undergraduate Research, Graduate Research, and Community Engagement.


Rose LaVilla presenting her poster


We would like to congratulate all students who participated in the Inaugural CRES Student Research and Creativity Symposium. They are now part of the history of students of color at TCU.

CRES Community Partners, Maria Delgado from TCC, Tammy Gomez from Sound Culture, Veronica Villegas from the City of Fort Worth Human Relations Office, Sharon Herrera founder of LGTBQ Saves, Xavier Pantoja from FWISD Social Studies, TCU alumna Alma Luna, and David Orona from FWISD Arts participated as judges.

Graduate research presentations

We would like to recognize the members of the Research, Creativity, and Community Engagement Committee who helped organize this effort including, Rosangela Boyd, Sarah Robbins, Jennifer Martin, Glenda Daniels, Jacqueline Lambiase, Alex Lemon, Stacie McCormick, Nina Martin, Zoranna Jones, Sean Crotty, and Jacinto Ramos. We cannot do this without you. Now, for the award winners!


CRES Student Symposium Awards:

Michael Carroll and Lebogang Maloka with Dr. Jennifer Martin.

Graduate Research AwardPaige Tooley

Project: “Exploring Practices of Diverse Schools: Understanding the Relationship of Equity and Implicit Racial Biases”

Graduate Community Engagement AwardWhitney Roach

Project: “A Community Where All Youth Are Safe”

Undergraduate Community Engagement Award

Michael Carroll, Uriel Huerta Silva, KeShawn Somerville, George Williams, Taymike Lynn, Lebogang Maloka, and Jet Anderson

Angelica Hernandez

Project: “Encouraging Public School Students to Rise Above Their Circumstances”

Undergraduate Research AwardAnn Tran

Project: “Memorialization of the Displaced: The Vietnam War Memorial in Arlington, Texas and the Memory of South Vietnam”

Undergraduate Creative Activity Award

Angelica Hernandez

Project: “TCU in Color: Revisiting Experiences of TCUs Earlier Black and Brown Student Population (1970s-1990s),” Creative Non-Fiction


2019 CRES Spring Banquet

Adam McKinney gets the banquet started.

The CRES Department celebrated its second Spring Banquet on Monday, April 15th, its first as a full-fledged department. Awards were presented to faculty, staff, and students who have contributed greatly to the success of the department this year. With more than 80 members of the CRES community attending, we also honored the first group of CRES emphasis and minor students graduating in May.

Joining in the festivities were several community partners including Sherry Breed and Mia Hall, leaders of the FWISD Equity and Excellence Division, Veronica Villegas, Human Relations Coordinator for the City of Ft. Worth, Antonio Martinez, Principal at North Side High School. Also joining us were Argelia Meza, Spanish Teacher at Trimble Tech High School, Maria Delgado, Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction at Tarrant County Community College, Dora Gonzalez and Deyadira Arellano from the Cesar Chavez Committee of Tarrant County, Tammy Gomez, poet and Director of Sound Culture, Jessica Ramirez and Daniel Garcia Rodriguez of United Fort Worth, Cheryl Kimberling, President for the Multicultural Alliance, and Carolyn West, Executive Direct of the Thank You Darlin’ Foundation.

Ebony Rose

Thank you to Ebony Rose and Adam McKinney for co-directing this beautiful banquet, along with the following members of the Publicity, Programing, and Outreach Committee: Roxana Aguirre, Jessica Hazard, Scott Langston, Trung Nguyen, and Amina Zarrugh, who each contributed to its success.

Congratulations to all award nominees!

The winners are listed below:


CRES Banquet Faculty and Staff Awards:

Dr. Max Krochmal and Toni Taylor

Outstanding Service to CRES
Toni Taylor, CRES/WGST Administrative Assistant

Excellence in Research or Creative Activity
Dr. Melita Garza, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Activism in Action
Adam McKinney, Assistant Professor of Dance

Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Ryan Sharp, CRES Lecturer


CRES Banquet Student Awards:

Ali Carter with Dr. Max Krochmal

CRES Emerging Leader
Ali Carter, CRES minor, President of TCU NAACP

Outstanding Service to CRES
Cecilia Sanchez Hill, History PhD/CRES Graduate Certificate Student and CRES Grad Assistant

Activism in Action
Michelle Nguyen, CRES Minor, Justice Coalition

CRES Student Legacy Award
Hope Bentley, CRES Minor, Justice Coalition

Marking the conclusion of the night was the announcement of our first co-hort of CRES graduates, which also happen to be the first students graduating with a Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies degree in the state of Texas. They are listed below:


CRES Graduates for Spring 2019

Dr. Max Krochmal with CRES senior, Hope Bentley

CRES Emphasis Graduates:

Whitney Nicole Eversole
Lydia Reyna Galvan
Ashton Elizabeth Croft
Cassidy Morgan Spaeth
Meredith Ann Kuykendall
Cheyenne Alexandria Kidd
Kendra Olyvia Hall

CRES Minor Graduates:

CRES students, Angelica Hernandez, Ann Tran, Kendra Hall, and Michelle Nguyen

Morgan Anise GunnMaia Louise Gunn
Audrey Bentu Sackor
Alberto Argueta Jr.
Jonathan Paul Villalobos
Jacqueline Josette Hutchins
Bryn Peck Lohrberg
Angelica Dolores Hernandez
Michelle Truong Nguyen
Hope Elizabeth Bentley

Congratulations to all our CRES Graduates!


Thank you to all who joined us! The work of CRES would not be possible without the enthusiasm, love, and support of our entire CRES community.