FORT WORTH (KRLD) – TCU is adding a cabinet level position responsible for leading efforts regarding diversity and inclusion and providing additional training for all students, faculty and staff.
This comes after the group Black Students and Allies of TCU sent administrators a list of 14 demands to improve inclusiveness and diversity on campus.
Some of the notable demands by the organization are as follows:
- A zero tolerance policy for racially insensitive and hateful speech.
- Increase faculty of color by at least 10 percent, in addition the retention rate for these faculty members will remain above 75 percent.
- Faculty, staff, and students attend a sensitivity training with a trained professional during orientation “that focuses not only on racial and anti-semitic intolerance but also micro-aggressions to maintain diversity and inclusion.
- An annual report to be given that reflects TCU’s progress in terms of increasing diversity.
- A $100 million endowment to help create a“fiscally feasible option through non-athletic scholarships” for minority students
- Create a department of diverse studies along with an ethnic studies course that will be a required course for students.
Diona Willis, one of the students who co-authored the letter said, “That was actually a big surprise for us,” after TCU announced it would be looking for a Diversity Czar.
Shanel Alexander said, “Thank you for showing that you support us and we are ready.”
According TCU, the hiring of the diversity official is their response to the criticism of lacking diversity on campus.
The breakdown of the largest ethnic groups at TCU are as follows:
White Students 71%
Latino/ Hispanic Students 12%
African American Students 5%
Asian Students 3%
Among other demands, the student group wants flags lowered when “people of color are murdered by people who are supposed to protect and serve.”
TCU confirmed in a statement that they will be hiring a diversity official:
“Over the last several weeks, leaders at Texas Christian University have engaged in discussions with a group of students centered on how our culture addresses the issue of race on campus. As always, we recognize the importance of our students engaging with social issues both on our campus and in the world around them. TCU has enjoyed a longstanding commitment to shared governance, and students have an important voice in discussions involving their quality of life on campus.
We remain in the early stages of dialogue, but have identified important next steps, including establishing a Cabinet-level position to lead efforts regarding diversity and inclusion and providing additional training for all students, faculty and staff on these issues. We look forward to continued discussion and to seeing the positive outcomes for our campus that result.”
Recently, the hashtag “Being Minority at TCU” was a trending topic on Twitter (#BeingMinorityatTCU).
Currently, 29 percent of the private Christian university student population are minorities, while 14 percent of the TCU staff are minorities.
A TCU spokesperson said right now there is no time table as to how soon the diversity and inclusivity official could be hired.
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