New communication lab allows TCU to partner with community


    SteerFW, founded by Mayor Betsy Price in 2011, has partnered with the Bob Schieffer College of Communication to provide a resource for young professionals looking to learn and improve their public speaking.

    TCU built a new communication lab on the third floor of Moudy South. It is a laboratory suite with two rooms, a presentation room and an observation room.

    After the lab opened in fall 2013, TCU spent the past year developing a program that would offer consulting services from faculty on public speaking. That was when SteerFW contacted TCU.

    The lab is open for students, faculty and individuals outside of the university. Those who want to reserve the lab may contact Carrie Moore, a communication studies instructor at TCU.

    “It is a great collaboration because I think Mayor Price is very dedicated to helping young professionals and that is exactly what SteerFW is doing but we [TCU] are also able to help young professionals develop more public speaking skills and be aware of things coming out of their mouth,” Moore said. “For TCU I think this shows how committed we are to Fort Worth.”

    According to the organization’s website, SteerFW is Fort Worth’s emerging leader’s program. The program consists of young professionals, ages 20-40, who are taking action to serve, educate, innovate and drive positive change through informed dialogue, volunteer projects and community collaboration.

    Cheraya Arthur, program director of SteerFW, said she is looking forward to working with TCU.

    “I hope this a foundational block for further partnerships where we can bring SteerFW in the future,” Arthur said.

    On Tuesday, five members will be on campus to use the lab. Moore will sit down with them and give constructive feedback on their public speaking skills.