President Schrum Appoints Diversity Task Force

Posted on: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Dirk Moore
Emory & Henry President Jake B. Schrum announced today the membership of a new task force dedicated to the goal of making the College a national model for providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students and employees regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.

Emory & Henry President Jake B. Schrum announced today the membership of a new task force dedicated to the goal of making the College a national model for providing a safe and welcoming environment for all students and employees regardless of race, color, sexual orientation, religion or disability.

Last week, the president announced the co-chairs for his Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Task Force: Brooklyn Sawyers ’02, assistant United States attorney from Knoxville, Tenn. and a member of the Emory & Henry College Board of Trustees, and Dr. Mark Finney, assistant professor of mass communications and an expert in conflict analysis and resolution.

The additional members of the task force include Eli Chestnutt, a senior from Newton Grove, N.C.; Henri Fitzgerald, a member of the E&H Class of 2000 a vice president for Wells Fargo in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Fred George a member of the E&H Class of 2011 and an E&H admissions counselor; Taequan Kates, a senior from Dewitt, Va., and president of the Student Government Association; Dr. Shelley Koch, E&H assistant professor of sociology; Mariana Mendez, a first-year student from Concord, N.C.; Travis Proffitt a member of the E&H Class of 2004 and the associate director of the E&H Appalachian Center for Civic Life; Dr. Alma Ramirez-Trujillo, E&H assistant professor of Spanish; Ana Rampy, a first-year student from Alexandria, Va.; Jade Ritterbusch, a junior from Concord, Calif.; and Essence Smith, a junior from Ooltewah, Tenn.

The task force will have its first meeting on campus Feb. 24, 2016 and will meet throughout the spring before submitting a list of recommendations to the president before the end of the spring semester. 


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