Texas Tech University

Faculty of Color Success Committee


Throughout its almost three years of deliberations, the Faculty Success Task Force recognized that the experiences and often the expectations for women faculty and faculty of color (BIPOC - Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) might diverge significantly from the traditional pathways that have served as the basis of institutional and unit level policies and practices. Thus, expectations for faculty success at Texas Tech University should account for some of these differences. Accordingly, concerning faculty of color, the Faculty of Color (FOC) Committee of the Faculty Success Advisory Committee is charged with considering more inclusive policies and practices, such as the weighting of alternative forms of scholarship and creative expression, the provision, assignment, and valuing of service opportunities, the more explicit articulation for and support of spousal accommodations and diversity hiring, the development of better administrative identification of and remedies for bias in student evaluations of teaching and appropriate faculty mentoring and sponsorship.   

Focus Areas

The FOC Committee has decided that since this group focuses on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) and faculty success, its efforts will have a strong focus on the concept of Belonging, grounding its approach in the rich body of scholarship on DEIB. Diversity refers to quantitative measures and visible and nonvisible characteristics that make people who they are. In contrast, inclusion refers to the quality, mechanisms, behaviors and cultural norms, and access to resources and opportunities that make people feel welcome. Equity means that everyone receives equal and equitable opportunity and access to what they need to achieve, contribute, and belong, and belonging refers to feeling accepted, being able to bring your identity and your authentic self with you, and ultimately, gaining full membership. Given that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging overlap and are intertwined, and the multivariate intersectionality and complexity of DEIB, the FOC committee views belonging, feeling accepted as the cornerstone of DEI. Furthermore, belonging is a strong indicator of and a means of support for faculty of color success. Thus, belonging has emerged as a primary focus of this committee.  



Cañas-Carell, Jaclyn Interim Chair & Professor of Environmental Toxicology
Delgadillo, Francisco Associate Professor of Practice, Information Systems and Quantitative Sciences
Durham DeCesaro, Genevieve (co-chair)  Vice Provost for Faculty Success, Professor of Dance
Higgins, Raegan (co-chair) Assistant Vice Provost of Faculty Success, Associate Professor of Mathematics & Statistics
Marbley, Aretha  Professor of Educational Psychology, Leadership, & Counseling
Ramkumar, Seshadri  Professor of Environmental Toxicology 
Trejos-Castillo, Elizabeth  Provost Faculty Fellow, Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences

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