The Institutional Audit and Targeted Actions workstream released its final report in February 2021.
Institutional Audit and Targeted Actions
To identify and remove structural racism from all processes, procedures, and practices within all schools, units, and levels of the University.
Charge and Approach:
Identify where structural racism exists within processes, policies, programs, and procedures across all schools and units of the University (e.g. recruitment outreach programs and targeted communities for recruitment of faculty, staff, students, and student-athletes)
Utilize a consistent framework to audit all schools and units
Recommend prioritized targeted actions to remove structural racism including the accountability and transparency needed to deliver the agreed-upon actions
Identify and implement specific actions having an immediate positive effect on our community, and build momentum towards our long-term objectives and strategy
Build upon and learn from the anti-racism work in which many departments are already engaging
Analyze the ways in which the history of racism is relevant to Tufts and informs the work of the other workstreams (e.g. the role Tufts’ history has played in slavery and racism)
To approach this, the workstream:
Established a Steering Committee with members across multiple levels and multiple schools/units (including student representation).
Engaged a consulting partner as a thought leader to provide expertise, framework, and tools as well as provide the needed resources and assistance to complete this work.
Key Questions Addressed:
Where does structural racism exist and what is the impact to the University?
What visible actions can be taken to eliminate racism within the scope of this workstream?
How do we build alignment and accountability for making the recommended changes?
How do we build in structures that ensure the work of anti-racism is sustainable?
Kim Ryan, Vice President Human Resources (Co-Chair)
Joyce Sackey, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, Health Sciences campuses (Co-Chair)
Steering Committee Members:
Maribel Blanco, Executive Associate Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Bárbara Brizuela, Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Arts & Sciences