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Task Force on Race and the Institution

During the 2006-07 academic year, a formal Task Force on Race and the Institution was appointed to explore the issues of race and the university. This task force met throughout the year and explored many components. In April 2007, they issued their final report consisting of a number of different recommendations in the areas of Academic Programs, Administrative Infrastructure, Alumni and Community Engagement, Faculty and Staff, Graduate Students and Undergraduate students.

An implementation team was formally constituted in August 2007 composed of faculty, staff and students from areas that oversee various components of the task force recommendations and co-chaired by the provost and the vice president for multicultural affairs and equity. The vice president for multicultural affairs and equity is responsible for monitoring and tracking implementation of the task force recommendations.

Members of the Task Force on Race and the Institution

  • Barbara Board, Director, Northeast District, Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Marcie Boucouvalas, Professor, Human Development
  • Christina Brogdon, Human Resources Analyst, Human Resources
  • Sheila Carter-Tod, Assistant Professor, English
  • Mary Connerley, Associate Professor, Management
  • Kevin Denny, Senior majoring in Computer Science
  • Susan Gooden, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Valerie Hardcastle, Associate Dean for Outreach and External Affairs, Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
  • Zenobia Hikes, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Vince Houston, Police Lieutenant, Virginia Tech Police
  • Deborah Cumaraswamy Johnson, Postdoctoral Associate, Science Education Partnership Research
  • Scott Johnson, Associate Professor, Human Development
  • Russell Jones, Professor, Psychology
  • Terry Kershaw, Chair, Africana Studies program
  • Barbara Pendergrass, former Dean of Students
  • Priscilla Martinez, Aerospace Engineering major
  • Rosa Mayorga, Assistant Professor, Philosophy
  • Kevin McDonald, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Ed McPherson, Director, VT Stars, Learning Technology
  • Manuel Pérez-Quiñones, Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Ray Plaza, Projects Specialist for Diversity Initiatives, Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Ishwar Puri, Department Head, Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Wayne Scales, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Tonya Smith-Jackson, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • LaChelle Waller, Graduate Student, Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology