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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - August 2020
Profile D&I – College of Science

By Mary Jane Chew

Equity Task Force creation underway

In their meeting on August 7, the Purdue University Trustees officially commissioned the creation of an Equity Task Force. The task force will be led by trustee, Don Thompson, the former CEO of McDonald’s.

The plan to create such a task force was first introduced by trustees in June following the demonstrations and calls for racial justice in response to the deaths of George Floyd and others.

Identification of task force members is currently underway and will include broad representation from multiple areas of campus.

“Trustee Thompson thought it was very important to involve the deans and representatives of all of the colleges of the university as well as many other campus community groups - especially students,” said John Gates, vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion. “While the specific goals of the task force are still being defined, we know that one priority will be to consider diversity and equity as it effects our student experience as well as how we recruit and retain faculty and staff.”

The task force will begin meeting in September with the goal of reporting back to the trustees by the end of the calendar year.

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