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.
Father Peter Walsh, CSC
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
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.
As a part of the President's Task Force on Systemic Racism, we invite the community to share their written, oral or visual reflections. The reflections 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 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.