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The President’s Task Force on Racial Justice

The President’s Task Force on Racial Justice

Looking honestly at ourselves and making sure the practices of our campus community align with the biblical call to justice for all of God’s children.

As we continue to grieve the killing of George Floyd and the systemic racism that plagues our nation and our world, we also acknowledge our need to take tangible steps to bring about needed change. The institutional statements, peaceful protests, prayer vigils, and honest conversations of the last few weeks have been an important means of raising awareness, advancing understanding, and deepening our resolve for racial justice. But we cannot stop here. We must not be content with words and intentions alone. We as a college now need to do the hard work of looking honestly at ourselves and making sure the practices of our campus community align with the biblical call to justice for all of God’s children. (June 2020)

The Charge

Although we as a College take understandable pride in our racial diversity, we know from conversations with our students and alumni of color that we have work to do. Our policies and practices do not fully embody God’s call to extend love and justice to all of our brothers and sisters. The mandate of the Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice is to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the structures, policies, and cultural climate of ENC and recommend concrete ways in which we can improve. I invite the Task Force to look at such areas as curriculum, academic policies, student life, athletics, chapel, employment, alumni relations, recruitment and retention, and governance structures. No area of the College is off-limits to their inquiry.

ENC President Dr. Jack Connell

Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice Co-Chairs

Melody Eckardt

Senior Maternal Health Advisor in the Global Health Innovation Lab, Member of ENC Board of Trustees

Robert Benjamin

Assistant Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Dean of Students

Presidential Task Force on Racial Justice Core Team

ENC Students

Priscilla Brinson-Thompson ‘21
Current Student
 

Trina Bryant
Director of the Center for Student Enrichment

Julia Cuthbert ‘22
Current Student

Wayne Elliot, Jr.
Executive Director – Market Director Consumer Banking
Member of the ENC Board of Trustees

Natara Gray
Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Diversity Outreach

Money Hamilton ‘21
Current Student
 

Kristen Johnson ‘05
Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Member of the ENC Board of Trustees 

Jeff Kirksey
Vice President for Student Development and Campus Services
  

Christina Saint-Pierre Desautell ’16
Education and Financial Family Consultant

Sacha Santimano
Instructor and Assistant AD for Student-Athlete Academic Services
Women’s Basketball Coach  

I’esha Thomas ’00
School Counselor
Member of the ENC Alumni Association

 


 

Brad Thorne ‘82
Director of Brickley Center

Sam Vassel
District Superintendent of the Metro New York
Member of the ENC Board of Trustees

Matt Waterman ‘93
Professor of Biology and Associate Dean for Academic Policy

Tara Brooke Watkins ‘02
Assistant Professor of Theater for Social Justice

Kyung Yu
Pastor of Reading Korean Church of the Nazarene
Member of the ENC Board of Trustees

Our Approach

Four Phases of Our Work Together

1. Planning

The Task Force will determine the strategy to complete the charge of the President.

2. Information Gathering

Based on the established strategy, the Task Force will be gathering information from various sources identified.

3. Assessment

The Task Force will analyze the data gathered.

4. The Way Forward

The Task Force will develop recommendations to submit to the President.

Teams and Focuses

Data Collection Team

Focus: collect quantitative data from the appropriate places on campus

Qualitative Data Collection Team

Focus: host story circles – gather information on student, alumni, staff and faculty experiences

Outreach Team

Focus: reach out to constituents and provide means for feedback

Community Standards Team

Focus: survey the current standards current departments, offices, divisions hold themselves to relative to diversity and inclusion

Transparency Team

Focus: responsible for keeping ENC’s constituency updated on the work of the President’s Task Force on Racial Justice

The Task Force is always seeking feedback from the entire community

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