As part of TCU’s ongoing emphasis on enriching our culture and ensuring a welcoming environment for all faculty, staff and students, Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. today announced the creation of a Chief Inclusion Officer and Title IX Coordinator position and appointed Dr. Darron Turner, formerly associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs, to the role. In this new position, Turner is responsible for ensuring that members of the Horned Frog community are afforded the right to work and learn in an atmosphere free of biases based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status or any other basis protected by law.
“TCU is committed to providing a positive working and learning environment,’” said Boschini. “Our mission is to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in a global community. To live out this mission, we must create opportunities for our faculty, staff and students to express ideas and effect change.”
Turner’s background is ideal for this position as he’s been associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs for more than 20 years, serving as both TCU’s Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action officer and overseeing Inclusiveness & Intercultural Services. He has a bachelor’s degree from TCU, a master’s degree from Amberton University and an Ed.D. from TCU. He is widely respected by his peers for his leadership, student engagement and academic advising.
In coming months Turner will implement additional diversity training and cultural change initiatives. He will work in conjunction with Admission, Human Resources and the Provost’s Office, among others, to expand efforts to recruit a diverse student body, hire and develop strong role models and mentors for students of color, and ensure that curriculum and instruction mirror those efforts. Additionally, Turner will focus on policies and practice, as well as issues management, and represent TCU on external committees to strengthen diversity and inclusion within higher education.
This addition to Cabinet leadership underscores TCU’s commitment to its core values of academic achievement, personal freedom and integrity, the dignity and respect of the individual, and a heritage of inclusiveness, tolerance and service. The University is striving to close the gap in racial and ethnic representation within our student body and among our administration, and we are making progress.
This year’s freshman class profile represents the highest number of minority ethnicities in TCU’s history; the University has created several minority studies programs and scholarship opportunities, such as the Community Scholars program; and we continue to turn dreams of higher education into reality for students from all geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
“I realize that we have work to do, but I am confident we are moving in the right direction, and this new position puts us another step closer to our goal,” said Boschini.