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Anti-Racism Task Force

Anti-Racism Task Force

Drexel's Anti-Racism Task Force launched in June 2020 as part of the University's renewed efforts to support the Black community at Drexel and dismantle racism in University policies and practices. The task force is led by:

  • Kim Gholston, vice president and chief diversity officer
  • Aroutis Foster, associate professor of education and associate dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies
  • Lucy Kerman, senior vice provost for University and Community Partnerships; and
  • Subir Sahu, senior vice president for Student Success.

11 Committees Informed By Your Feedback

The Task Force includes a team of co-chairs for 11 committees that will critically examine a full range of University activities, including each of the following areas:

  • Undergraduate Student Life
  • Graduate and Doctoral Student Life
  • Admissions and Prospective Students
  • Faculty Recruitment and Retention
  • Academic Curriculum and Program Review
  • Trauma and Mental Health Supports
  • Professional Staff Recruitment and Retention
  • Learning and Education
  • Business Practices
  • Community Engagement
  • Policies and Procedures

Why 11 committees? We have heard loud and clear from the University community that there are systemic issues around racial equity, inclusion and justice at the institution that need to be addressed. Your feedback informed the broad topic areas that make up the 11 committees. The committees themselves are tasked with drilling down and sharpening their focus. It’s important that this not be a top-down process, so that the committees are empowered to explore their respective areas with a critical eye, letting short- and long-term targets come into focus organically.

Please note that these 11 areas were deemed the most overarching; however, there may be other related topics these committees will address.

View the Task Force structure and co-chairs on this PDF.

Timeline of Our Work

The Task Force has invited broad representation for these working committees from undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The committees will report on the challenges and barriers that Black students, faculty and professional staff have faced at the University, including experiences with racism that have impeded their success. They will offer recommendations that will be implemented and monitored as part of the ongoing work of the Office of Equality and Diversity.

The Task Force timeline is as follows:

  • Sub-committees meet weekly.
  • Sub-committee co-chairs meet biweekly.
  • Co-chair office hours are Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, email
  • Task Force shared preliminary reports and recommendations with senior leadership in October.
  • Task Force committees will finalize their recommendations by the beginning of February, followed by presentations to senior leadership and a series of community town halls to discuss the recommendations with the University community.
  • Final report written and posted on the OED website.

University Messages About the Task Force

Strategic Plan Mission, Vision Updated To Support Anti-Racist Agenda
July 2020

Stronger Advocates and Better Partners on Anti-Racism
July 17, 2020

Drexel Anti-Racism Task Force Launches
June 26, 2020

A Pledge to Address Systemic and Institutional Racism
June 12, 2020

Community Discussion Jumpstarts University Action on Topics of Race
June 8, 2020