Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Current Student See Liv’s Story
Alumnus See Brandon’s Story
Faculty See Dr. Garza’s Story
Faculty See Dr. Coleman’s Story

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 2020-2021 include:

  • Andrew Ledbetter (Communication Studies)
  • Ashley English (Strategic Communication)
  • Jaime Loke (Journalism)
  • Jean Marie Brown (college diversity advocate)
  • Charity Robinson (Film, Television and Digital Media)
  • Julie O’Neil (ex-officio)

“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