Inclusiveness is fast becoming a topic of discussion for the TCU community with seminars and speeches routinely appearing on the campus calendar.In order to continue promoting a united learning environment and diversity, the university has started recruiting Fort Worth Hispanics to join the Horned Frog family.
Census results estimate Fort Worth’s population as 33 percent Hispanic. TCU is working to draw in area men and women of Hispanic backgrounds to give them a nearby college home, but the university is falling short on some grounds.
Hispanic Servicing Institutions are classified by a study from Excelencia in Education as national organizations that work to bring Hispanics to institutes of higher education. There are 37 universities in Texas with this classification, however, TCU is not one of them, leaving ground that needs to be covered in the search for a more diverse environment.
Though the population of Hispanic students at TCU has steadily been on the rise moving from 6.1 percent in 2003 to 7.2 percent in 2007, there is still room to grow.
One of the methods recruiters are using to attract Hispanics to the university is by introducing high school students to purple and white when they are starting to think about life after a diploma.
A key program implemented to keep minority students is the Community Scholars Program. Students that are part of the program receive up to 60 percent tuition scholarship helping alleviate some of the financial burden tied to attending a private university.
Community Scholars work to keep minority students coming back to TCU, and it is a step in the right direction. Bringing more students of diverse backgrounds helps form a cross-cultural bond in a school that prides itself of global awareness.
There is no harm in experiencing a world view before grabbing the degree while crossing the stage on graduation day.
Associate editor Marcus Murphree for the editorial board.