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The GO Institute

Tentative Dates: May 10-20

The Global Outlook (GO) Institute is a short-term, interdisciplinary global learning opportunity for TCU doctoral students. A professional development program for students preparing for multiple career paths (including faculty or administrators), the GO Institute 2020 will focus on transforming universities to be multicultural institutions through diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Students will study U.S. models of proactive initiatives on DEI, with a careful investigation of TCU’s emphasis on inclusive excellence. Over 10 days in May, participants will travel to distinctive universities in the UK to gain a comparative, global understanding of how higher education addresses and prioritizes efforts around DEI. Students will engage with subject matter experts both domestically and internationally to prepare for meaningful and transformative learning around these critical issues. Students will explore DEI on a personal level in order to build critical thinking skills around how to impact and promote change around DEI.

To assess the learning process, students will reflect on how they can incorporate DEI into the classroom and their work at TCU. They will develop presentations for key stakeholders (DEI committee, TCU leadership, faculty, and graduate students in home departments) on campus around the knowledge gained through the GO Institute, and they will identify how they will advance this work on our campus and in their specific disciplines.

GO Institute 2020 Application Form
GO2020 Request for Reference

To cultivate a global perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education, enabling GO Ambassadors to integrate global DEI strategies into their pedagogies and professional practices.

  • To understand the U.S. and U.K. contexts and approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher ecuation;
  • To understand how universities’ missions, visions, locations, and resources shape their responses to DEI;
  • To investigate how distinctive universities respond to local and national concerns and communities in constructing DEI initiatives;
  • To build foundational knowledge and skills around how to support and advocate for change in an institutional setting.
  • Attendance at opening meeting on Friday, Dec 13, 2:00 PM
  • Attendance at mandatory monthly meetings in spring 2020 semester
  • Attendance at travel and safety orientation in May 2020
  • Delivery of oral presentation in September 2020 to DEI committee

Graduate Studies provides generous funding for all selected GO Ambassadors. This funding includes:

  • $800 travel grant
  • 10 nights lodging
  • Most evening meals
  • Ground transportation in the UK

GO Ambassadors will be responsible for spending money, any meals during optional activities or free time, and air/train costs beyond $800.

Q. Tentative Dates
A. May 10-20

Q: I’m in the [insert your graduate program]; am I eligible?
A: All TCU doctoral students (except Brite Divinity students) are eligible to apply. The program is geared towards students pursuing careers in higher education, whether as faculty or administrators.

Q: I’m graduating in May – am I still permitted to apply?
A: While you may apply, the GO Institute will be prioritizing applicants who have at least one more year before completing the degree, in hopes that ambassadors will bring back ideas and initiatives to their home department.

Q: I’m a first year MA student. Should I submit an application?
A: Unfortunately, no. The GO Institute is for doctoral students only.