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CRES News Digest, Vol 1, Issue 5

November 6th – November 19th


Welcome Message

Welcome to the forth issue of the CRES News Digest. The News Digest is available every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. If you have any relevant event, publication, or conference suggestions for the next digest, please send your suggestions to Cecilia Hill for consideration by Friday, November 16th.

Message for faculty…

As the semester winds down, take a moment to submit your CRES related course(s) for approval as a CRES attribute course. The application submission process is online and available at here. The Fall submission deadline is Friday, November 16. Please let us know if you have any questions about the process or would like to discuss a course idea with us.

CRES Events and Opportunities

Thursday, November 15
CRES Conversation, hosted by the RCCE Committee
11:30am – 1:00pm

Do you want to discuss race and ethnicity with other students, faculty and staff, but wonder how to start the conversation? Do you want to discuss the critical impact that race and ethnicity has on all of our lives and learn about a theory that helps explain why we have the problems that we do? Then join CRES in our first CRES CONVERSATION! Jacinto Ramos will facilitate a discussion about a short reading on Critical Race Theory that participants will read ahead of time. Come and join us for critical conversations on race – we will cap the group at 25 participants. Go to the EventBrite link to reserve your spot now!

Monday, December 3
PolyVox World Salon & Open Mic
12pm, SCHAR 3004

Come listen to the first open mic showcasing work from CRES, Creative Writing/English, and Modern Languages! Click on the image for flyer.





What can you do with a CRES Major/Minor? Find our with CRES 40993: Internship & Field Experience

The deadline to apply is Friday, November 9th at 5pm. The application and learning contract are linked below. For more information please contact Dr. Sylvia MendozaClick the image for flyer.


Learning Agreement



Campus Events

Tuesday, November 6
Decolonization and Health Issues in the South Pacific
2:00pm – 3:20pm, Scharbauer 3004

A virtual/skype lecture by Dr. Neeta Ramkumar, Psychologist and Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Fiji, Suva, Fiji Islands. RSVP required

Thursday, November 15
National Association of Social Work Anti-Racism Workshop
6:30pm – 8pm, TCU Bass Hall 1004

This workshop will begin with a guided discussion of how institutional racism presents itself within our organizations, programs, and agencies, ending with a power mapping activity, to create concrete, action steps for social change within these same organizations. Social workers, students, and other social justice advocates are invited to attend!

Click on the link above for full flyer. RSVP here.

Thursday, November 15
Out in the Night Screening and Discussion
7pm, Sid Richardson, LH3

Student Events

Thursday, November 7
Dia de los Muertos
6pm – 8pm, BLUU Plaza

Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Incorporated and Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority Incorporated will be hosting Dia de los Muertos, a Latin holiday celebrated in the Central America to pay homage to our loved ones who have passed.




Community Events

Monday, November 19
Funky Town Music & Film Festival
Creative Arts Lounge


Come support Dr. Ryan Sharp, CRES Lecturer, at the Funky Town Writers Poetry Reading. Click the link above to learn more about the organizers and address for event. Click the image for flyer.


Monday, November 19
Artes de la Rosa & Sound Culture Present: Palabrazos
7:00pm – 9:00pm, Rose Marine Theatre

The PALABRAZOS open mic for poetry, spoken word, and experimental performance takes place on the 3rd Monday of each month. $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away.Refreshments/drinks also available. For more info: 817.624.8333 (Artes de la Rosa office).

Click image for event flyer


Sunday, December 2
Movies That Matter Latino – Tales of the Masked Men: A Journey Through Lucha Libre
4pm, Rose Marine Theater

Shot in Mexico and the United States and filled with the passion and excitement that defines its subject, the film explores the history of lucha libre and what has made this eighty-year-old phenomenon endure. The film is directed by award-winning director Carlos Avila and is co-produced and edited by Thom Calderón. Click on the link above for more details.


Volunteer Opportunities

Monday, November 26 and Wednesday, November 28
TCU Student DEI Forum
7pm – 9pm, COX B&C at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitor Center

TCU is hosting a Student DEI Forum, dinner will be available starting at 6:30pm.  This forum is focused on a creating a space for our student voices to be heard, and we need your help!  We are looking for students to participate in an open dialogue about the future of diversity, equity and inclusion with your fellow TCU students.

12 faculty/staff who are interested in serving as Listeners for the forum on each date – you are welcome to serve on both dates are also needed.

Click here to register on Eventbrite for either role, student or Listener.

Engage with CRES

If you are enrolled in a CRES Major, Minor, or Emphasis, an AAAS Minor or Emphasis, a LTNO minor, or a CRES Grad Certificate, please consider taking part in one of our standing committees or volunteering with CRES. Fill out the form below if you are interested:

Please contact Orlando Lara or Dr. Ryan Sharp if you have further questions.

Volunteer for the TCU Student Foundation
Apply on a rotating basis. Click here to read the membership policies:

As the TCU Student Foundation is in charge of leading tours throughout campus, including Rees-Jones Hall, we would like more of our CRES students involved in leading campus tours.

Student Foundation members have the following responsibilities:

    • Serve as student hosts at alumni events
    • Thank TCU donors with a phone call
    • Assist with class gift efforts
    • Assist with Athletic Recruiting

Job Opportunities

Our Tenure Track search for positions in African American Studies and U.S. Latina/o Studies is well under way.

We will be selecting candidates at both the Assistant and Associate Level, but have not pre-determined which subject area will be hired under which level.

Search the keyword CRES at the link below for more information.

Click here for job information.



Grassroots Leadership seeks a Digital Organizer for our Austin office located at 2301 E. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702. The position will be responsible for growing the online impact of our campaign and base building work.  The digital organizer will create compelling campaign content, engage supporters online, and deepen the impact of our campaigns to create change in the criminal justice and immigration systems. Click the link above for more information.

Faculty and Staff News and Publications

CRES Associate Director, Orlando Lara was featured on NBCDFW News.

Fort Worth ISD Seeks Input From Public on Expanding Its Curriculum on Latino Studies

“‘We Are All Bound Up Together’: Embrace the Powerful Heritage of Frances E. W. Harper’s Women’s Suffrage Rhetoric,” Written by CRES Core Faculty, Sarah Robbins

Look for the following publication co-authored by CRES Lecturer, Sylvia Mendoza

Mendoza Aviña, S. & Morales, S., (December 2018). “Ratchet of the Earth”: Using Black and Chicana feminisms to understand how brown youth resist in schools. Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS).

Conferences and Calls for Papers

January 15th – May 21st, 2019, College of Constructive Hell-Raising, Dallas, Texas

  • The College for Constructive Hell-Raising is a semester-long, citizen-friendly seminar class designed to help DFW activists of all kinds think like organizers and approach their fights more strategically. Application deadline is December 15th. Click here to apply.

February 11-16, 2019, National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates national conference, Dallas, Texas

February 14-16, 2019, National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies – Tejas Foco Conference, Houston Community College System, Eastside Campus

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

  • All materials due by November 1, 2018 to:
    The main unifying thematic is the question of B/borders as conceptualized by Anzaldúa, and its multiple situated potential interpretations and elaborations. For Anzaldúa borderlands with a small b signals the geographical space of national division, such as the space of her birth at the U.S.-Mexico border. When she writes Borderlands with a capital B the concept-term signifies many other dimensions including psychic, sexual, spiritual, energetic divided spatialities as well. In sum, together the notions of borderlands and Borderlands up a world of possibilities for feminist and queer theory, literatures, historiographies, arts, which are invited to converge in this conference.

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

  • The Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA) is a collective of scholar activists committed to the larger project of racial justice in schools within the P-20 spectrum.
  • Paper proposals due December 1, 2018. Our conference theme, Claiming CRiT Walking without Intersectionality is White Supremacy, seeks to invite researchers, activists, educators, practitioners, community members, and youth to situate and push their own work within the epistemological concept of CRiT walking grounded in intersectionality. As Hughes and Giles (2010) argue in their seminal work, “CRiT walking is an effort to connect CRT as a theoretical construct to a livable, observable, teachable process of critical consciousness, knowing and doing. (p. 42).” Click here for proposal details.

July 31 – August 2, 2019, The Center on Democracy and Organizing (CDO) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from graduate students, earlier career scholars, and organizers for a summer institute.

  • Applicants may apply on their own or in researcher-practitioner pairs. Domestic travel, lodging, and meals are fully covered. Participants will also be eligible to apply for seed funding of up to $5,000 from CDO to carry out research projects conceived and developed through the Institute. Application Deadline: December 17, 2018. Click here for more information.


Click image below for the CRES Fall Event Poster