Arts Programming Initiatives

Arts Programming Initiatives

DEI Book Club

Discussion groups led by College of Fine Arts faculty are reading “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. Group members rotate in leading the discussions on chapters and meet biweekly in person and via Zoom to discuss two chapters at a time.

Wellness Week

The Academic Resource Center holds a Wellness Week every fall semester featuring guest speakers and student activities. Learn strategies for cultivating your creativity, maintaining mental health, preparing for your profession and sustaining your spirit.

Diversity Advocates

Diversity advocates assist in cultivating an inclusive learning and work environment in TCU’s schools and colleges. They focus on hiring and promotion efforts, recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students, and serve as a resource and consultant to the Dean, Associate Deans, chairs and directors on DEI issues.

  • Gina Bombola (2021 – 2024)
  • Mary Nangah (2020 – 2023)

Current Committee Members

  • James Rodriguez, Chair (2018- )
  • Yvonne Cao, Design (2021 – 2024)
  • Jay Ryu, FAME (2021 – 2024)
  • Chris Powell, Art (2021-2024)
  • Ayvaunn Pen, Theatre (2022 – )
  • Keith Saunders, Dance (2022 – )
  • Staff: Elizabeth Kirkendoll, Music (2021-2024)
  • Undergraduate: Mackenzie Song, Graphic Design (2022-2023)
  • Graduate: Justino Perez, Music (2022-2023)

Ex officio members:

  • Suki John, past chair (2017 – )
  • Mary Nangah, Art, Diversity Advocate (2020-2023)
  • Gina Bombola, Music, Diversity Advocate (2021 – 2024)
  • Mariana Gonzalez (2021 – ), (Gender Resources, Student Affairs)
  • Lori Diel (2020 – ), Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development

Since 2016, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the DEI Committee have made progress toward making TCU a more inclusive campus. The increase in learning and development opportunities and the initiative to implement the DEI essential competency in the core curriculum are a few of the initiatives that TCU is proud to have accomplished.

Learn More A Focus on DEI

University Resources

The university has DEI resources for prospective students, current students and faculty/staff, and maintains an online reporting system for bias incidents.

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The Art Galleries at TCU Resources

Reflecting on conversations about Black Lives Matter and the events of summer of 2020, Kim Nguyen MA ’21 worked with the Art Galleries at TCU to research and compile a resource list to share with TCU students, faculty and staff. This extensive list includes information about black artists, local black-owned businesses and support organizations, media and more. As the nature of this research is ongoing and collaborative, we welcome additional contributions. Please contact the Art Galleries at TCU ( with any information you wish to share.

Organizations, Artists and Resources List