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We are raising $6000 to send twelve students to two different conferences, with six students going to each. Learn more about each of these conferences and why this so important below!
Through excellence in pedagogy, research, mentoring, and grassroots-based scholar activism, the Texas Christian University – Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) provides an interdisciplinary educational experience where students, along with faculty, critically examine the lives, experiences, and perspectives of Indigenous, Black, and other people of color in efforts to understand and dismantle white supremacy and other systems of oppression.
Our scholars grapple with the contemporary and historical manifestations of race and racism, the ways in which race is intimately tied to class, gender, sexuality, and ability, and the social movements and other acts of resistance and self-determination created to thwart racial domination. Our studies are comparative and internationalist in nature, focusing on the changing relationship between different racial and ethnic groups both in the United States and abroad. The Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies strives to educate and empower students, faculty, staff, and the larger community to advance equity and justice – social, political, and economic – as an essential step in becoming ethical citizens and leaders in today’s global community.
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” This is the quote that opens up the website of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco and the reason these conferences are so important. Giving students the opportunity to attend the African American Intellectual History Society conference in Austin, and the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco at South Texas College in McAllen would allow them to participate in discourse on scholarly research that has historically been underrepresented and underfunded. This interaction between students and scholars would further fulfill the recommended action, “increase participation at events that teach about other cultures and expand our students’ thoughts and experiences,” of the listed goals to strengthen the TCU experience and campus culture of the Lead On strategic plan. By giving students an outlet to further their classroom discussions students will also form a deeper understanding of vital components of CRES. This endeavor would provide a highly engaging experience for students that will aid in student retention, student success, and positive campus exposure beyond the Fort Worth community. It is because of these many reasons that we would greatly appreciate the help of people like you to help change the future of academic scholars and discourse at TCU.