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COSSPP Faculty, Students, Alum Serve on FSU Anti-Racism Task Force

Task Force members Abhari, Davis, Feacher, Jackson, Janvier, Kunin, Osborne

Seven individuals with connections to the college are serving on the 30-member President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equality & Inclusion for the 2020-2021 academic year, FSU President John Thrasher announced July 23.

This group’s work will support the university’s efforts to advance the third goal of the FSU Strategic Plan, to “realize the university’s full potential of diversity and inclusion.”

Two faculty members from the college, four of our undergraduate students and one COSSPP alum now attending law school at FSU have been named to the task force:

Rawan Abhari, Secretary of Internal Affairs, Student Government Association (Undergraduate Student, Economics)

Katrinell Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology (Faculty)

Miles Feacher, COSSPP (Undergraduate Student, International Affairs )

April Jackson, Assistant Professor of Urban & Regional Planning (Faculty)

Nastassia “Tazzy” Janvier, Vice President, Student Government Association (Undergraduate Student, Interdisciplinary Social Science)

Samantha Kunin, College of Law (Law Student, Undergraduate Alumna, Economics and International Affairs 2019)

Malik Osborne, Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete (Undergraduate Student, ISS)

The panel members will make final recommendations on specific symbols and names of buildings on campus, including the Eppes statue (which has already been removed from campus), Eppes Hall and Doak S. Campbell Stadium, and will examine how to best reflect FSU’s values in relation to its historical connections to race and ethnicity, according to Thrasher’s announcement.

The group is also tasked with identifying racial and ethnic disparities on campus and implementing a range of initiatives, such as developing mandatory diversity and inclusivity training for all campus employees and students and fostering the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff from underserved groups.

The task force, set to have its first organizational session in mid-August, will produce bimonthly progress reports on actionable issues, as well as a final report at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.

For more on the creation of the President’s Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equality & Inclusion, visit this link. Details of the full task force membership can be found here.