TCU Receives Fifth Year INSIGHT Into Diversity HEED Award

Texas Christian University has won the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from OVERVIEW of diversity magazine.

“It is an honor for TCU to be recognized for its continued commitment to a more inclusive university for future generations for the fifth consecutive year,” said Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. “Our faculty, our staff and our students work hard to develop programs, resources and positions that support inclusion and equity, and I commend them for their dedication and effort.TCU is known for its culture of connection and experience – and this award is deeply meaningful to our community.

As the recipient of the annual HEED award — a national honor recognizing American colleges and universities that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to diversity and inclusion — TCU will be featured, along with 102 other recipients, in the issue of November 2022 from OVERVIEW of diversity magazine.

“TCU has made significant progress in building and cultivating an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, and over the past five years, the prestigious HEED award has recognized the work of everyone involved,” said Jonathan Benjamin. -Alvarado, Principal Advisor to the Chancellor and Chief. insertion agent. “It’s cause for celebration, and we will mark this achievement as a community in November.”

The 2022 designation is in recognition of several areas of focus at TCU, including:

  • Launch of “Against All Odds: Stories of Grit and Determination”, a new lecture series for students at the Neeley School of Business organized by the Office of Inclusive Excellence.
  • Supporting practitioner research in existing programs as well as new initiatives, the Inclusive Excellence Research Grants program applies evidence-based research strategies and promotes institutional and community change in inclusive excellence led by academic affairs.
  • Launched Frogs First Affinity Group Gatherings for freshmen that allow students to meet others with common identities. Affinity groups include students of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, first-generation students, and transfer and commuter students. The program also introduced on-campus resources and student organizations that serve students with these identities.
  • Establish the Faculty Hiring Checklist to aid the efforts of hiring managers and search committees to attract and hire the best and most diverse faculty and leaders in accordance with TCU’s high standards of excellence.
  • Infuse diversity and inclusion into all aspects of TCU to support the university’s mission and success through inclusive excellence in academic affairs.

“It’s wonderful to see a collective effort from the campus community,” said Aisha Torrey-Sawyer, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. “I’m really excited about the future of TCU and its continued progress with inclusive excellence.”

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes issues relating to recruitment and retention of students and employees – and best practices for both – leadership support for diversity, culture and campus climate, supplier diversity, and many other aspects of diversity and inclusion on campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, editor of OVERVIEW of diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each nomination to decide who will be named the recipient of the HEED Award. Our standards are high and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are integrated into the work done every day on their campus.

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