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Roach Wins First Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

Whitney Roach TCU College of Education

Congratulations to Whitney Roach, winner of TCU’s inaugural student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) award. Roach is a doctoral student in Curriculum Studies in the College of Education and the first president of TCU’s reorganized graduate student LGBTQ group, Spectrum.

Roach received the award at TCU’s Celebration of University Leadership banquet on April 16. Peers nominated her for the award for her commitment to LGBTQ diversity initiatives. The new award was modeled after the faculty DEI award and university-wide focus on DEI initiatives.

This year, Roach led planning efforts for Spectrum’s drag show on March 25, which raised over $2,000 for LGBTQ S.A.V.E.S., a non-profit organization that promotes the well-being of LGBTQ youth and allies. In addition, the Spectrum organization hosted outreach events and presentations on campus. Roach has volunteered and worked with the Gender Research Office and will earn graduate certificates in Women and Gender Studies and Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies.

“Whitney is a wonderful doctoral student whose commitment to social justice and awareness for the LGBTQIA+ community is inspiring to see,” said assistant professor Gabriel Huddleston. “We are wonderfully fortunate to have her in our Curriculum Studies program and I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes next!”

Roach was selected to travel to London with the GO Institute in May. The group will visit exemplary universities to better understand their DEI initiatives. They will present to the TCU DEI committee about practices and initiatives that could be implemented on campus.