The Systemic Racism Task Force, a one-year, ad hoc committee, focuses on planning and implementing four to six community events throughout the academic year. The committee identifies and manages speakers and panel discussions on chosen topics.

Guest speakers and panels will discuss the nature of systemic racism in ways that lead us to consider how we can bring about meaningful change and support local and national efforts to end the structural conditions that perpetuate inequality and injustice in our country. The task force also identifies and invites members of our campus community to share reflections on systemic racism during the academic year. ​ 

Task Force Leadership and Members ​ 

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are represented on the task force. The committee is co-chaired by Gregory Perrin, associate vice president for  Advancement, and Marianne Ward-Peradoza, dean of the Bill Munday School of Business. Father Peter Walsh, CSC, director of Campus Ministry, and Lisa Kirkpatrick, vice president for Student Affairs, support co-chairs to ensure they have what they need to be successful.

Gregory Perrin

Gregory Perrin

Marianne Ward Peradoza

Marianne Ward-Peradoza

Father Peter Walsh

Father Peter Walsh, CSC

Lisa Kirkpatrick

Lisa Kirkpatrick

Task force members include:

  • LaKisha Barrett, Adjunct Faculty, Biological Sciences  
  • Alex Barron, Associate Professor of University Studies 
  • Richard Bautch, Professor of Humanities
  • Natalie Beck, Assistant Professor of Social Work
  • Lavelle Brown ’22, Black Student Alliance 
  • Jennifer Charles, Director of Human Resources 
  • Marco Clark, Executive Director of Holy Cross Institute 
  • Simone Talma Flowers ’91, MBA ’02
  • Taylor Huey ’21, Student Government Association 
  • Jennifer Jefferson, Director of Center for Teaching Excellence 
  • Lionel Lopez, Assistant Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Liza Manjarrez, Associate Director of Campus Ministry 
  • Jacie Minnick, Residence Director, Residence Life
  • Antonio Morin ’21, Latinx Student Leaders Organization 
  • Sussy Tellez Pantoja ’21, Monarchs on the Hilltop 
  • Andrew Prall, Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs 
  • Alexis Reed ’23, Black Student Alliance 
  • Alexandra Robinson, Associate Professor of Art
  • Sydney Wade ’20, Black Student Alliance

To contact the Systemic Racism Task Force, email co-chairs Gregory Perrin and Marianne Ward-Peradoza.

2020–2021 Task Force Community Reflections and Events

Events are being planned throughout the year. Check back here to get the latest information!  Once an event is finalized, details can also be found on the university calendar. Each event will be tagged Systemic Racism Task Force so you can search easily. View materials and resources for each program.

Community Reflections

Reflection is an important part of engaging in work around systemic change. The President's Task Force on Systemic Racism invites the St. Edward's community to engage with us. A reflection can focus on the topics presented at different Task Force events or speak to other facets of systemic racism important to the individual. We encourage thoughtful creativity and are open to multiple forms of submission. If interested, please view our current reflections and visit this form to learn more about the process and to submit a reflection.

Mental Health – The Intersection of Racism and Trauma

The President's Task Force on Systemic Racism hosted an interactive workshop with mental health experts on December 2nd. Panelists discussed using the power of story to learn how structural racism causes trauma and societal stigma in BIPOC communities. See a recording of this informative workshop and view the resource document.

Racial Healing Circles

The Task Force hosted several Racial Healing Circles on February 4th with the help of facilitators from Austin Health Commons. Circles were held both virtually and in-person, with participation from faculty, staff, alumni and students. For a recording of the introduction of the event as well as information about healing circles, please visit the event resource folder. The Task Force will host one more Racial Healing Circle on April 27th at 5:30PM.

Most Rev. John McCarthy Lecture

The School of Arts & Humanities, along with the President’s Task Force on Systemic Racism, hosted Bishop Shelton J. Fabre for this year’s Most Rev. John McCarthy Lecture. The Bishop presented his lecture, titled "Equal to Us:" The Church’s Response to Racism. As a Holy Cross institution that encourages the members of our community to confront the critical issues of society and to seek justice and peace, St. Edwards was very excited to facilitate a dialogue with the Bishop for this very important and relevant event. If you were unable to join the event, a link to a recording is available here.

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You | Jason Reynolds

Multiple community reading groups using the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds met throughout March and April. The book experience culminated with the author taking live questions from the community at the Holy Cross Institute (HCI) Virtual Convocation. To view a recording of the main stage, please click here.