The creation of an Anti-Racism Task Force was announced in an email sent out from SIUE’s administration on June 12.
The idea for a task force was brought up during a meeting between Chancellor Randy Pembrook, Interim Assistant Provost for Academic Equity and Inclusive Excellence Jessica Harris and Director of the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Lindy Wagner. During that meeting, Harris proposed the creation of a task force to address issues of racial justice.
The group is being created in response to the global movement against institutionalized and systemic racism that was sparked by the death of George Floyd.
Attached to the announcement was a list of the task force’s four proposed charges. Those charges are sustained and effective communication on important issues, addressing issues of access and success that may affect underrepresented groups disproportionately, curriculum that fosters learning and diversity, and investigating the process of hiring and promoting staff on campus. The task force will meet twice a week to discuss these issues.
The message says SIUE believes emails and town halls are not enough, and that action needs to be taken — and it needs to be done now.
The task force is expected to have members in place next week.
The Alestle will continue to provide coverage as more information develops.