Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity

Mission

The Presidential Task Force for Opportunity and Equity is a representative team invested in developing an equitable and inclusive Auburn University. Our current priority is to examine racial inequality and to recommend strategies for addressing disparities. The membership of this group may change in response to specifics that may emerge.

Members

Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess (ret), chair
Executive Vice President

Dr. Katrina A.R. Akande
Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
University Senate Representative

Ms. Madison Birckhead
President, Panhellenic Council

Ms. Angela Cannon
Department of Human Resources
Administrative & Professional Staff Representative

Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton
Vice President, Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Royrickers Cook
Vice President, University Outreach

Mr. C. Kevin Coonrod
University Ombudsperson

Ms. Elizabeth Devore
Graduate Student Council

Ms. Donielle Fagan
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student/GRA/GTA
Graduate Students

Dr. Oladiran Fasina
Professor & Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering
Department Chair/Head Representative

Dr. Joffery Gaymon
Vice President, Enrollment Services

Mrs. Jaime Hammer
General Counsel

Dr. Bill Hardgrave
Provost

Ms. Ada Ruth Huntley
President, Student Government Association

Mr. Seymour Irby
President, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity
Interfraternity Council

Mr. Ronny Isaac
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council

Dr. Vini Nathan
Dean, College of Architecture, Design and Construction
Dean Representative

Ms. Lastella Paradise
Department of Human Resources
Staff Council Representative

Coach Bruce Pearl
Men’s Basketball

Dr. Melody Russell
Professor, College of Education

Ms. Mya Strickland
Undergrad Student, Chemical Engineering

Ms. Ja’Lia Taylor
Black Graduate and Professional Student Association

Mrs. Gretchen VanValkenburg
Vice President, Alumni Affairs

Subcommittees

Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education and Training
  • Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton, leader
  • Ms. Angela Cannon
  • Ms. Elizabeth Devore
  • Ms. Donielle Fagan
  • Dr. Oladiran Fasina
  • Mrs. Jaime Hammer
  • Ms. Ada Ruth Huntley
  • Mr. Seymour Irby
  • Mr. Ronny Isaac
  • Coach Bruce Pearl
  • Mrs. Gretchen VanValkenburg
Focus on Student Recruitment and Retention
  • Dr. Joffery Gaymon, leader
  • Dr. Katrina Akande
  • Ms. Madison Birckhead
  • Dr. Royrickers Cook
  • Mr. Kevin Coonrod
  • Dr. Vini Nathan
  • Ms. Lastella Paradise
  • Ms. Mya Strickland
  • Ms. Ja’Lia Taylor
  • Dr. Bill Hardgrave
Recruitment and Retention of African-American Faculty
  • Dr. Vini Nathan - leader
  • Dr. Katrina Akande
  • Dr. Taffye Benson Clayton
  • Dr. Royrickers Cook
  • Ms. Donielle Fagan
  • Mrs. Jaime Hammer
  • Mr. Seymour Irby
  • Ms. Lastella Paradise
  • Coach Bruce Pearl
  • Dr. Melody Russell
Recruitment and Retention of African-American Employees
  • Mrs. Gretchen VanValkenburg, leader
  • Ms. Madison Birckhead
  • Ms. Angela Cannon
  • Mr. Kevin Coonrod
  • Ms. Elizabeth Devore
  • Dr. Oladiran Fasina
  • Dr. Joffery Gaymon
  • Ms. Ada Ruth Huntley
  • Mr. Ronny Isaac
  • Ms. Mya Strickland
  • Ms. Ja'Lia Taylor
Last updated: 09/17/2020