Anti-Black Racism Task Force

Task Force Charge

On June 5, 2020, former President Marta Meana invited a group of faculty, staff, and students to convene a task force to address the concerns of our Black faculty, staff, and students. The focus of the task force centers around the safety and well-being for students, faculty, and staff and to help foster an environment that is centered around safety, equity, and inclusion.

The Task Force currently consists of 12 members and includes three committees. More specifically, the charge of the task force includes:

  • Design and implement the processes by which instances of racial threats or violence against Black students, faculty and staff are effectively reported to the university community and appropriately addressed by university administration in a timely and effective manner.
  • Ensure student success by fostering a campus community of support, equity, respect, and understanding through programming and education.
  • Create and implement diverse curriculum offerings.
  • Develop and implement mandatory campuswide educational training on bias and unconscious bias.
  • Develop and implement mandatory training to educate the campus community on bias, unconscious bias, etc. (Specifically UNLV Employees)
  • Improve campus safety for Black faculty, staff and students.
  • Diversify academic schools and colleges.
  • Address inequities for Black faculty, staff, and students.

Committees

Student

  • Juanita Fain, Chair, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Edna Wanene, Delta Sigma Theta and National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Garrison Garth, Grass Roots
  • Harriet Barlow, Executive Director of The Intersection Academic Resource Center
  • Joshanna Holyfield, Residential Education Coordinator
  • Kaliya Arnwine, SUES Conference and Events Coordinator
  • Keith McMath, SUES Associate Director, Facilities and Operations
  • Kevin Wright, Interim Assistant Director/Black/African American Program Coordinator, SDSJ
  • Mary Whitehead, Director for Student Diversity and Social Justice
  • Nicholas Vaughn, SUES Administrative Assistant
  • Sebastian Ross, Black Law Student Association
  • Simone Beasley, Residence Hall Association
  • Tarryn McGhie, Senior Instructional Designer, School of Nursing

Administrative Faculty and Classified Staff

  • Ericka Smith, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
  • Tarryn McGhie, Co-Chair, Senior Instructional Designer, School of Nursing
  • Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Cherisha Gaitor, Accountant Technician 1, Campus Life-Student Union and Event Services
  • Juanita Fain, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Nakia Jackson-Hale, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events
  • Renee Watson, Associate Vice President for Student Services
  • Takiyah Beckett, Special Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer/Business operations manager

Academic Faculty

  • Javon Johnson, Chair, Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies
  • Anthony Gatling, Associate Professor, Hospitality-Hospitality Management
  • Doris Watson, Professor, Educational Psychology and Higher Education

Communications

  • Juliet Casey, Chair, Director of Communications for the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Adam Crisp, Director of Communications for Student Affairs
  • Afsha Bawany, Director of Communications, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
  • Karyn Hollingsworth, Director of Communications for College of Liberal Arts
  • Tiffany Ponds-Kimbro, Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications for the William S. Boyd School of Law

  • Cherisha Gaitor, Accountant Technician 1, Campus Life-Student Union and Event Services

Members

  • Ericka Smith, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and Co-Chair, Administrative Faculty and Classified Staff Subcommittee
  • Javon Johnson, Assistant Professor, African American and African Diaspora Studies and Chair, Academic Faculty Subcommittee
  • Juanita Fain, Vice President for Student Affairs and Chair, Student Subcommittee
  • Tarryn McGhie, Senior Instructional Designer, School of Nursing and Co-Chair, Administrative Faculty and Classified Staff Subcommittee
  • Adam Garcia, Vice President of Public Safety Services and Director of University Police Services Southern Command
  • Anthony Gatling, Associate Professor, Hospitality-Hospitality Management
  • Barbee Oakes, Chief Diversity Officer
  • Cherisha Gaitor, Accountant Technician 1, Campus Life-Student Union and Event Services
  • Chris Heavey, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Doris Watson, Professor, Educational Psychology and Higher Education
  • Edna Wanene, Delta Sigma Theta and National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Garrison Garth, Grass Roots
  • Harriet Barlow, Executive Director of The Intersection Academic Resource Center
  • Joshanna Holyfield, Residential Education Coordinator
  • Kaliya Arnwine, SUES Conference and Events Coordinator
  • Keith McMath, SUES Associate Director, Facilities and Operations
  • Kevin Wright, Assistant Director for Student Diversity, Student Diversity & Social Justice
  • Mary Whitehead, Director, Student Diversity and Social Justice
  • Nakia Jackson-Hale, Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events, Boyd School of Law; member of the Black Professional Women's Alliance
  • Nicholas Vaughn, SUES Administrative Assistant
  • Renee Watson, Associate Vice President of Student Services
  • Sebastian Ross, Black Law Student Association
  • Simone Beasley, Residence Hall Association
  • Takiyah Beckett, Special Assistant to the Chief Diversity Officer/Business operations manager
  • Vicki Rosser, Chair, Faculty Senate