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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Our Charge

To support and enhance TCU’s diversity, equity and inclusion vision, mission and strategic plan within the John V. Roach Honors College.

Our Mission

To promote the inclusion and success of academically motivated and high-potential learners from all communities, understanding [1] that each of us holds varied, intersectional identities and [2] that differences between and among us are strengths.


Promote and support the enhanced recruitment of under-represented faculty, staff and students

Develop curricula, training and other academic initiatives that promote an understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion and provide learning opportunities for faculty, staff and students.

Increase outreach and engagement efforts with external communities and underrepresented groups.

Facilitate processes for Honors College faculty, staff and students’ voices to be heard regarding issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Promote a campus environment that is welcoming for all.


First-year Admissions

Enhance recruitment of under-represented students through processes that employ a wide range of inclusive practices, including:

  • Marketing and advertising the John V. Roach Honors College to all potential students rather than a select few.
  • Having an open application process made available to all first-year TCU applicants.
  • Having a holistic honors admission process that does not rely on test scores to make decisions.
  • Avoiding application fees, enrollment fees, dues and minimum entrance requirements that serve as barriers to first-year students joining the John V. Roach Honors College.


  • Honors faculty employ a wide range of inclusive teaching practices reflected in course design, syllabus construction, classroom climate, learning activities and modes of assessment. They engage high-impact practices that acknowledge the varied experiences, identities, backgrounds, and learning differences of students.
  • Honors faculty, courses and readings offer a variety of voices in the classroom, including those of historically minoritized and underserved populations.
  • Many Honors courses connect to the larger Fort Worth community and promote inclusive pedagogies as they engage experiential learning.

Training and Embracing

  • Honors Student Cabinet developed a college showcase designed to support first generation students and students from underrepresented groups.
  • All faculty and staff participate in DEI training and programming.
  • The college is developing an Honors DEI Committee to support the Honors Diversity Advocate, as well as advise and inform the Dean and Associate Dean on DEI matters.
  • The college is developing and publishing a best practices document for inclusion.