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 committed 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.    

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 ’22, Black Student Alliance

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

2020–2021 Task Force 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.


Mental Health – The Intersection of Racism and Trauma

The President's Task Force on Systemic Racism invites you to join an interactive workshop with mental health experts. They will to discuss using the power of story to learn how structural racism causes trauma and societal stigma in BIPOC communities.

Thursday, Dec. 2
6:30–8 p.m. CT via Zoom

See details and register.