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UNC Board of Governors Racial Equity Task Force begins its work

The UNC Board of Governors held the first meeting of its Racial Equity Task Force Thursday, outlining the work its members will do on inequity within the system before delivering a report to Board Chairman Randy Ramsey in October.

The task force was assembled last month after board members and faculty from various schools called for the school to concentrate on long-neglected race equity issues. It was instigated by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the resulting weeks of international protest against police violence and systemic racism.

“George Floyd died a horrible, violent, and unjust death at the hands of a

UNC Board of Governors Racial Equity Task Force chair Darrell Allison

white police officer,” Ramsey and UNC System Interim President Bill Roper wrote in a message to members last month. “This immoral and indefensible act cries out for justice and compels all of us fully to recognize and grapple with our country’s history of racism and oppression that has so often resulted in violence. As members of the University community, it is our obligation and responsibility to do the hard work needed to address inequities in the UNC System for the benefit of students, faculty, staff, and all North Carolinians.”

The task force, chaired by board member Darrell Allison, is composed of a diverse array of board members, students, faculty and administrators from schools across the UNC System. Among them are: David  Green, a law professor at North Carolina Central University; Garrett Killian, chair of the UNC System Staff Assembly; Isaiah Green, president of the UNC Association of Student Governments and Kellie Blue, Anna Nelson and Pearl Burris Floyd of the board of governors.

At Thursday’s initial meeting the task force reviewed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion survey results that found the system falling below its benchmarks. The survey asked university community members how much they agree, on a five point scale, with statements like “There are clear and effective procedures for dealing with discrimination” and “Promotions are based on a person’s ability.”

Not only were the percentage of positive answers below established bench marks, but they have actually grown worse compared to answers given in 2018.

The task force also looked at racial breakdowns of the percentage of North Carolina high school students who go on to UNC system schools and how many graduate and discussed campus engagement strategies as their work proceeds. Outreach options include virtual town halls, social media, focus groups and a customized survey.

Green said he realizes some faculty are more comfortable coming forward to talk systemic racism and racial inequity than others, but he and the other members want to be open and available for any who want to speak to them.

“We want to make sure this isn’t just symbolic,” Green said of the task force. “I want to hear from the most disgruntled person the most.”

One Comment

  1. Abram

    July 15, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    1. I was charged with indecent liberties. D.A in court admitted it was actually amounting to attempting to commit indecent liberties. A teacher or any school employee gets a class I felony for actually committing indecent liberties. The rest of society gets class f. Three times more punishment. Again in my case I was accused of attempting to commit and got three times more punishment be cause I wasn’t a teacher/school employee. Shouldn’t it be the other way around to protect kids more at school.

    2. The use of bonds to keep defendants locked up to for blackmail them to take a plea. In this I have asked my lawyer multiple times to get my bond reduced file for bond reduction. He said he would for the first 14 months I’ve asked my lawyer to even meet with me about my discovery and my defense, too he said he would never did. The first time he met with me the 14th month he came to visit without my discovery and said D.A. said no to getting bond reduced and said D.A. has a plea for you to get time served and get out. (So I was safe enough to get out with a plea but not one bond reduction my family could afford?) My lawyer also said it would be at least two years for trial. Both together holding me hostage.

    3. The D.A told judge that I would be on 12 months post-release — he said this in court to judge. My lawyer didn’t refute this. The plea was 13-25 months. 13 minimum and twelve months post-release equals 25 months. 13 months is 85% of 16 months at we are under 85% law. I served my max due to virus in jail. Post-release is to be given to those that get out prior to maximum sentence. Those that max out sentence isn’t supposed to have post-release. But I’m forced to serve post release and to top it off told by probation officer I’m on it for five years. Which is excessive punishment and violates agreement by my lawyer, D.A., me, and court. My lawyer didn’t tell me of this post-release of five years and D.A. stated himself in court it was 12 months.

    4. Honestly, I want to file too against the lawyers that allow deceitfulness like this or take part in such deceitfulness. They’re supposed to look out for defendants not help deceive us or help D.A. keep us locked up under excessive unreasonable bonds.

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