Equity Task Force

About the Task Force

The Equity Task Force was formed in October 2020 as a result of Chancellor Marks' Equity Listening Sessions in order to address longer-term issues requiring significant analysis and further work. Chaired by Antwan Jefferson, Associate Clinical Professor, School of Education and Human Development and John Ronquillo, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, the task force will work over the 2020-2021 academic year to delve into the core of our challenges, including structural barriers to hiring and promoting underrepresented faculty and staff. It will bring together faculty, staff and students to explore a host of issues – including how to close the achievement gap, what it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution, how to create a culture of belonging, whether our policies are contributing to equity, and how we might diversify the curriculum -- and recommend an ambitious action plan and investment priorities.

Members of the Equity Task Force

Antwan Jefferson, PhD, Co-Chair | Associate Clinical Professor | School of Education & Human Development
John Ronquillo, PhD Co-Chair | Assistant Professor | School of Public Affairs
Cathy Bodine, PhD | Associate Professor | College of Engineering, Design and Computing
Patrick Browne | Director | Veteran & Military Student Services (In Memoriam)
Anna Ramirez Crawford  | Director of Foundation and Corporate Development | Office of Advancement
Christopher Hilton | Undergraduate Student | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Student Government Representative
Tania Hogan, EdD | Director of Undergraduate Student Success | School of Education & Human Development
Boram Jeong, PhD | Assistant Professor | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Laurence Kaptain, DMA | Dean | College of Arts & Media
Sarah Kovoor-Misra, PhD | Professor | Business School
Karey Krohnfeldt | Director of Equity | Office of Equity
Florie Montoya | Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Compensation | Human Resources
Charles Musiba, PhD | Associate Professor of Anthropology | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Stephanie Puello | Student Progress Coordinator | Graduate School & PhD Student | School of Public Affairs
James Speed | Policy Coordinator | Academic Operations
Anthony Starke, PhD | Assistant Professor | School of Public Affairs

The Equity Task Force advised by:

Faye Caronan, PhD | Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Chancellor’s Faculty Fellow 2020-2021
Marjorie Levine-Clark, PhD | Associate Dean for Diversity, Outreach and Initiatives and Professor of History | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Nelia Viveiros, EdD, LLB | Former Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion & Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Operations

The Equity Task Force staffed by:

Brandi Geiser | Chancellor’s Office
Mark Karger | Senior Project Manager | Office of Information Technology
Regina Kilkenny, PhD | Chief of Staff | Chancellor’s Office

Special thanks to:

Lauren Hebert, Kris Wood and the Inworks/Comcast Media and Technology Center team


Action Teams

The Equity Task Force has the support of over 115 university staff, faculty and students representing six action teams, three Resource focused teams: Data, Policy and Exemplars, and three Content focused Teams: People, Environment and Curriculum. Each team will focus on specific target areas where the university should improve around curriculum, work environment, accountability, transparency and university policy.