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Oversight Panel for the Task Force on Race Records

Call Number: UA123

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials documenting people and events related to the Oversight Panel for the Task Force on Race and the Task Force on Race at Tufts University from 1996-2005. The records appear to have been created and compiled by Anne Gardulski, professor of geology at Tufts University and co-chair of the Oversight Panel for the Task Force on Race. The collection includes reports, articles, administrative files, newspaper clippings, publications, meeting notes, communications, and questionnaires. Other materials include incident reports, demographic information, departmental hiring plans, and student applications for membership on the panel.


  • Creation: 1996 -- 2004


Language of Materials



University records are closed for 20 years from the date of their creation. Records older than 20 years that do not pertain to student education, staff and faculty employment and Board of Trustees records are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Copyright to all materials created by Tufts University employees in the course of their work is held by the Trustees of Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

The Task Force on Race was commissioned by the University in 1996 to create recommendations that would proactively increase awareness of the value of diversity; identify problematic policies and practices that marginalized students of color; and develop ways to counteract that marginalization . The Task Force created recommendations for most departments on campus, and then created an Oversight Panel to monitor the enactment of those recommendation. The Task Force was led by two co-chairs, Anne Gardulski and Michael Powell. There were also a number of faculty, student, and administrative members (listed in detail below). The Task Force was broken down into three subgroups under the following categories: Institutional Policy, Academic Experience, and Campus Life. Each subgroup developed recommendations related specifically to their assigned topics and included those recommendations in the final report.

Members of the Task Force included: President John DiBaggio and Vice President Mel Bernstein; Co-Chairs Anne Gardulski and Michael Powell; Center directors Ruben Salinas Stern, Linell Yugawa, and Todd McFadden; Faculty members Mei Ho, Fred Nelson, Andrew McClellan, Kathleen Weiler, Gerald Gill, and Jonathan Strong; Student members Emily Adler, Aliguma Kabadaki, Ryan Centner, Ashish Shah, Hillary Bassett, and Kim Nguyen; Ex Officio Leila Fawaz, Ioannis Miaoulis, Walt Swap, Marilyn Glater, Jean Wu, Rommel Childress, and Bobbie Knable; and Senate Representative Amdo Freedman. Members served for three semesters from the Fall of 1996 through the Fall of 1997.

In 1998 the Oversight Panel was established to track the progress of the original recommendations and assist the departments with any issues they may have while completing the recommendations. The Panel instituted student and faculty forums to discuss issues of race on campus, and from 1999-2003 released multiple reports on the progress of the Task Force recommendations. After releasing the final report in 2003 the Oversight Panel remained active in monitoring issues of race on campus for a number of years. The Oversight Panel consisted of eight positions, held by both new and former members of the Task Force. Members of the oversight panel included: Anne Gardulski, Jeff Berry, Lin Brown, Francie Chew, Badi Foster; ex officio Lisette Garcia and Michaele Whelan; Student members Sean Hassan, Mernaysa Rivera, and Margery Yeager.


1.7 Linear Feet (2 boxes)


This collection contains material likely compiled by the Tufts University Oversight Panel for the Task on Race co-chair Anne Gardulski between 1996 and 2005. The Task Force on Race was created in 1996 by the President and Vice President for Arts, Sciences, and Technology to investigate race relations on campus. The Oversight Panel was created by the Task Force on Race in 1998 to monitor the progress of the recommendations created for campus by the Task Force. Materials include administrative files, publications, reports, and demographic research.


This collection consists of one series: Oversight Panel for the Task Force on Race Records.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by the office of the Task Force on Race, 2006, accession number 2007.001.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Processing Information

The Oversight Panel for the Task Force on Race Records were processed by Archives and Research Assistant Cassandra Anderson in Fall of 2019 under the supervision of Adrienne Pruitt, Collections Management Archivist. Materials were labeled, arranged chronologically, and in some cases rehoused in archival boxes. The collection and series-level description and finding aid were updated at the time of processing.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States