To bring TCU’s Race & Reconciliation Initiative (RRI) into its second phase, the university is preparing for its next transformational leader. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion are inviting nominations for the position of President with an initial appointment of two years. The Chair of the Race & Reconciliation Initiative will work closely with the Provost and report directly to the Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
“We are extremely proud of the work the RRI Task Force has accomplished so far and we are excited about this next chapter,” said Aisha Torrey-Sawyer, Director of Diversity Inclusion Initiatives. “The next step in RRI’s evolution will focus on the research mission, allowing other units on campus to continue to engage our campus on topics of race and our history.”
In July 2020, the TCU Board of Directors announced an initiative to study TCU’s experiences with racism, slavery, and Confederacy with the goal of understanding and acknowledging TCU’s complex history. RRI embarked on a thorough academic examination of TCU’s nearly 150 years, uncovering documents and artifacts and raising awareness across campus. RRI has now expanded into a five-year project, allowing work to include Indigenous, Native American, and Latino stories with TCU.
“TCU’s support to expand this project, I am confident, will prove extremely valuable to our institution,” said Torrey-Sawyer. “The direction of research going forward will take an intersectional approach, examining all ethnic and racial identities and experiences with TCU over its 150-year history. We will look both backward and forward at approaching this 150and milestone of the year.
She said she would be remiss not to thank founding president Frederick Gooding Jr., Dr. Ronald E. Moore Honors Professor of Humanities, for his contributions.
“We are beyond grateful for Dr. Gooding’s tireless work and incredible leadership,” she said. “He left big shoes to fill and positioned us well to grow our work and see this through.”
Gooding said RRI was simply about creating space and a place for reconciliation.
“With RRI, we’ve built a brand where it’s okay for us to embrace our past and not erase it,” he said. “We also learned that we must unite to move forward together. It will be truly exciting to see the next cycle of leadership continue to lay the groundwork for reconciliation. »
The RRI Chair is responsible for leading the research and community engagement provided by RRI. They provide leadership and strategic vision, represent the interests of RRI across all units of TCU, and coordinate and collaborate with various Academic Affairs and Student Affairs units.
Applicants must hold a permanent full-time faculty position and must have demonstrated expertise in historical research or a closely related discipline. The nine-month administrative appointment at 50%, with additional duties during the summer, carries a start date of August 15, 2022.