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:

  1. the overall racial climate on campus and the experiences of the community;
  2. how to successfully recruit and retain a more diverse faculty and senior administration;
  3. how to productively educate the campus and prevent racial insensitivity and discrimination; and
  4. 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.
The Implementation Team met regularly over the ensuing two years, engaging with campus units and members of the community with primary responsibility over the areas implicated by the Task Force's recommendations. The final report (pdf) was presented to the president and provost on April 16, 2018 and then to the Board of Visitors at its April 20, 2018 meeting. The report outlines the accomplishments and the recommendations for the new administration to consider in moving forward. For questions, please contact [[wfglov,Chon Glover]], Chair of the Implementation Team.