Inclusive Excellence is inextricably linked to our pursuit of excellence in our research, clinical and educational missions to meet the needs of the students, faculty, residents, staff and the communities we serve. Moreover, Inclusive Excellence melds inclusiveness and academic excellence into one concept (to practice inclusiveness is excellence); shifts the responsibility for diversity and inclusiveness to everyone on campus as opposed to one unit or department shouldering the responsibility; and moves an institution away from conceptualizing diversity only in terms of a numerical goal of diverse constituents.
Diversity Standing Committee at Burnett School of Medicine
The charge for the Diversity Committee is to develop programs that build and maintain a positive, supportive, and inclusive environment for the school’s faculty, staff, and student 7 populations. The Committee reviews and advocates for critical diversity issues, coordinates diversity programs and initiatives across the School of Medicine, advises on diversity planning, and identifies best practices. The committee is also responsible for addressing and prioritizing opportunities and challenges identified by analysis of diversity and engagement surveys and other sources of feedback on campus climate. This Committee includes members of the School of Medicine and greater Fort Worth community with a vested interest in setting an agenda to fulfill the School of Medicine’s mission for excellence in medical education, delivery of care and scholarship. To include one member from the Fort Worth Black, Hispanic and Pan AsianAmerican Chamber of Commerce.
Our medical school has joined other medical schools in the Times Up Healthcare Initiative. We have made a commitment to help end sexual harassment in Healthcare. View the pledge here: Times Up Healthcare Pledge Letter
About the Consortium
The Texas Medical Schools’ Diversity and Inclusion Consortium includes faculty and staff representatives involved in institutional diversity, inclusion and equity efforts at medical schools in the state of Texas. The mission and vision for Texas Medical Schools’ Diversity and Inclusion Consortium is to “Create a network where the key stakeholders, and decision-makers in student, resident and faculty diversity and inclusion efforts can share ideas, best practices, and possible solutions to diversity and inclusion challenges.”
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. This commitment is driven by a realization that addressing diversity and inclusion is not a competitive issue, but a societal issue. Recognizing that change starts at the executive level, more than 900 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations, are leveraging their individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. In 2019, Texas Christian University Chancellor Dr. Victor Boschini became a signatory of such pledge.
The Perry Initiative partners with medical centers, universities, and high schools to host Perry Outreach Programs for young women in high school, college, and medical school. These day-long programs are held at different locations nationwide throughout the year. Participants perform mock orthopaedic surgeries and conduct biomechanical engineering experiments, while also hearing from prominent women engineers and surgeons in the field.
The Institute on Teaching and Mentoring is a four-day conference that has become the largest gathering of minority doctoral scholars in the country. Now in its 26th year, the Institute gives the issue of faculty diversity a national focus and provides minority scholars with the strategies necessary to survive the rigors of graduate school, earn the doctoral degree and succeed as a member of the professorate.
The purpose of the Institute is to provide scholars with the skills necessary to succeed in graduate study and to prepare them for success as faculty members at colleges and universities. In addition, the Institute provides scholars and their faculty mentors with opportunities to share knowledge about research and academia, to meet other scholars and faculty from throughout the country, and to link to a larger community of scholars and faculty in various academic fields.
The Institute focuses on mentoring and teaching preparation, community insights and scholar networking. Workshops are scheduled to provide doctoral scholars opportunities to share insights and tips in graduate work. Scholars can network with faculty representatives and other doctoral scholars to share information on teaching, mentoring, research and building a career in higher education. The hope is that these methods will also increase faculty diversity at the nation’s campuses.
The Institute provided the School of Medicine access to more than 1000 minority doctoral scholars who plan to become faculty members in post-secondary education. In partnership with the Office of Admissions, TCU Human Resources and Chancellor’s Office a meet and greet reception was hosted for current scholars, program graduates, undergraduates and faculty representing the following groups:
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority Ph.D. Program SLOAN)
- Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GATES)
- Lewis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
- Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program (MCNAIR)
- Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars
Such attendance at the Institute of Teaching & Mentoring has led to Admissions recruitment presentations at Hampton University, Howard University, Xavier University, Tuskegee University and upcoming scheduled presentations at North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T University, and Spelman College.
Inclusive Excellent A.G.E.N.T. (actively generating excellence & new ways of thinking) of Change
The Inclusive Excellence Agent of Change Award recognizes School of Medicine faculty, staff or students who’s working within and throughout the school of medicine and local community actively generating excellence and new ways of thinking in the area of diversity, equity and belonging. This can show up through implementing new or different practices, doing sustained inclusive excellence work, or going above and beyond to make a difference for others.