McCormack Racial Equity Task Force (MRET)

The McCormack Racial Equity Taskforce (M-RET) is a McCormack Graduate School deans office initiative to promote racial equity and justice at the college.

Comprised of co-chairs Dean David Cash and Associate Dean Rita Kiki Edozie as well as twenty-four faculty members, students, and staff drawn from the college’s departments and institutes/centers; the taskforce seeks to understand racial and ethnic disparities and the reasons they exist at the college. To overcome barriers in diversity, equity and inclusion at the college, the taskforce will generate data and information about race and ethnicity with the purpose of establishing a shared, progressive vision of a diverse, fair, and inclusive academic environment and workplace.

The taskforce will position McCormack Graduate School to better identify leadership, act, and increase accountability around issues of racial equity at the college. To this end, the taskforce has embarked on four major tasks including

i) increasing hiring among faculty, students, and staff of color;
ii) improving McCormack’s racial and cross-cutting cultural workplace environment;
iii) promoting on campus and off campus racial equity awareness through outreach and programming;
iv) diversifying McCormack’s graduate education and undergraduate curricula.

McCormack Racial Equity Taskforce (MRET) Members

Co-Chairs
Rita Kiki Edozie, Professor and Associate Dean, McCormack Graduate School
David Cash, Dean, McCormack Graduate School

Faculty Subcommittee
Maria Ivanova, Associate Professor of Global Governance and Graduate Program Director, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
Karen Ross, Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance
Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson, Director, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy
Susan R. Crandall, Director, Center for Social Policy and Clinical Professor, Public Policy and Public Affairs
Len Fishman, Director, Gerontology Institute
Carolyne Arnold, Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology
Kyungmin Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Gerontology
Michael Johnson, Professor and Chair, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Eben Weitzman, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
Darren Kew, Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Executive Director of Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development

Student Subcommittee
Esther Rogers, MPA Student/Alumni, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Ellen Mador, MPA Student, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Margaret Hassey, PhD Student, Global Governance and Human Security
Sudeshna Chatterjee, PhD Student, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
Krystal-Gayle O’Neill, PhD Student, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
Leena Maqsood, PhD Student, Global Governance and Human Security
Hannah Brown, PhD Student, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance
Nike Ojelabi, PhD Student, Public Policy and Public Affairs
Chantel Fields, PhD Student, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs
Denise Muro, PhD Student, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

Staff Subcommittee
Jarling Ho, Program Manager, Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
Muna Killingback, Assistant Program Director, Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy
Jamie Tull, College Business Coordinator, McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office
Robert Turner, Research Fellow, McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office
Rashelle A Straker, Director of Academic Programs and Events, McCormack Graduate School Dean's Office

Past Events

Micro-Aggression in the Workplace Workshop  - December 3, 2020

Micro-Aggression in the Workplace Workshop keynote speakers Prof. Darren, Phd Student Chidima, and Prof. Edozie

An interactive session where MRet explored Micro-aggression in the workplace. The discussion was led and moderated by professor and associate dean Rita Kiki Edozie, doctoral student, Chidimma Ozor, MSW, MA, and associate professor Darren Kew.

 

Event Resources:
Microaggressions and Their Impact Powerpoint