AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- Auburn Athletics’ Advisory Task Force on Inclusion and Race Relations announced a list of priorities to ensure the university’s commitment to positive action on race in the U.S.
Co-chaired by Monique Holland and Garry Morgan from Auburn University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, the 20-member task force presented three recommendations for the 2020-21 academic year to Auburn Athletics’ executive leadership team, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Director of Athletics Allen Greene.
The task force is comprised of Auburn students, coaches, student-athletes, staff, alumni and members of the campus community as well as Greene and Dr. Taffye Clayton, Auburn University vice president and associate provost for inclusion and diversity.
The three areas the task force recommended included ensuring a safe space for critical conversations, providing holistic education on historic and current topics, and generating sustainable action items that support meaningful change.
According to the task force, success to achieve these goals relies on the realignment of current resources while identifying new resources. They are hoping their recommendations will provide insight and inspiration for the Athletics Department.
“These recommendations will guide us as we strengthen an inclusive, united Auburn Athletics family,” said Holland. “We’ve already begun implementing these conversations, educational sessions and action items to great effort.”
As of September 10th, the Auburn Athletic Department released an Instagram video with head coaches Gus Malzahn and Bruce Pearl. They discussed the athletics department’s new campaign: Together We Will. Through this campaign, Auburn is selling t-shirts with the slogan to benefit their efforts to promote diversity and unity on campus.
Auburn continues to proactively work with students, faculty and student-athletes to ensure the unity of the “Auburn Family” remains intact.