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Task Force on Race & Race Relations

In March 2015, in response to several national incidents involving the deaths of African American men, a number of off-campus incidents involving William & Mary students and racially insensitive conduct, and growing calls for the university to examine its own history and actions with regard to race, former president Taylor Reveley established a Task Force on Race and Race Relations. The charge to the Task Force was to engage with four areas of inquiry:

  • the overall racial climate on campus and the experiences of the community;
  • how to successfully recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and senior administration;
  • how to productively educate the campus and prevent racial insensitivity and discrimination; and
  • the processes by which actual or suspected instances of racial prejudice could be effectively reported for investigation and remedial action.

The president requested both short-term and long-term recommendations in these areas.