Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Liv Shin, a Strategic Communication major from Lake Oswego, Oregon, was awarded the Top DEI Submission at the 2019 Schieffer College Research and Creative Festival for the children’s books she is writing and promoting. She hopes the two books she has published so far, “Naomi: A Story of a Young Girl with Osteogenesis Imperfecta” and “Kendall: A Story of a Young Boy with Autism,” helps remove the negative stigma when one hears the word “disability” and to spread awareness of the disabilities to young audiences.
Brandon Kitchin (Class of 2018, B.A. – Journalism) served as a mentor to high school students who attended the Department of Journalism’s summer camp and to students at the Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Fort Worth. He completed two Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies courses while he was an undergraduate student at TCU and he says the courses were transformative in his own personal growth.
“I credit those classes and the professors’ passions as a critical spark for students to be confident in going into their campus and larger communities as educated and thoughtful change agents, as well as models of empathic citizens who want to advocate for change and are not afraid to challenge systems of injustice.”
Dr. Melita Garza, associate professor of Journalism and winner of the 2018-2019 Dean’s Award for Research and Creativity, is a journalism historian who conducts research about how news represents democracy and citizenship, with a particular focus on how news constructs what it means to be American. In her book, “They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans in the Great Depression,” Dr. Garza shows how newspaper reports about forced deportations of Mexican Americans marginalized, and in some cases, erased the story of the Mexican American experience, contributing to stereotypes that endure today.
Dr. Catherine Coleman, associate professor of Strategic Communication and winner of the 2017-2018 Dean’s Award for Research and Creativity, is studying the link between marketing campaigns and inequalities that women, as both producers and consumers, experience in economic markets. Additionally, she investigates such issues as how refugees navigate commercial settings that bombard them with advertising and promotions that assume “normal” consumer well-being.
The faculty of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, curriculum, and research in the following ways, to:
- Elevate faculty research in DEI
- Showcase curriculum in DEI
- Support, train and foster continued discussion about the new DEI overlay for the TCU Core Curriculum and about ways the Schieffer College may support that overlay
- Recognize students pursuing DEI research as part of the college’s research festival, with the first award made in spring 2019
- Invite speakers for classes that provide DEI perspectives and maintain a college-wide calendar
- Highlight and increase interdisciplinary participation and support for the Department of Women & Gender Studies, Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies, and the John V. Roach Honors College
- Participate in faculty training for DEI for curriculum, searches and other programming
- Find better and more ways to mentor and support students of color, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and others who may stand outside the predominant power circle at TCU
- Pilot new faculty search guidelines in all departments starting in fall 2019 that utilize DEI best practices for recruiting, selecting, retaining, and promoting underrepresented faculty in the college
- Consider establishing an advisory/mentoring board of Schieffer alumni who would like to join DEI efforts at TCU and for the college
Suggestions, questions, or comments? Please contact the college’s diversity advocate, Jean Marie Brown, at J.Brown5@tcu.edu. To find out more about inclusion at TCU, please visit https://inclusion.tcu.edu/.
Our college has a faculty committee dedicated to exploring and discussing these issues. Current members of the committee for 2019-2020 include:
- Andrew Ledbetter (Communication Studies)
- Ashley English (Strategic Communication)
- Jaime Loke (Journalism)
- Jean Marie Brown (college diversity advocate)
- Colin Tait (Film, Television and Digital Media)
- Julie O’Neil (dean’s office rep)
“Each of us in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication is a unique individual worthy of respect and dignity as we teach and learn, and all of us will benefit from the creation of a college culture that supports us all. In our college, we focus on communicating effectively and ethically in the 21st century’s global context. Therefore, we must create and sustain a culture that welcomes students, faculty and staff who bring to our college diversity in age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual identity, socioeconomic class, cultural heritage, language or points of view.”
Kristie Bunton, Ph.D.
Dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication
Texas Christian University