OAED Anti-Racism Team

The Anti-Racism Team comprises a racially diverse group of faculty, staff, and administrators committed to organizing and implementing institutional transformation for the benefit of all members of the Oakton community.

Mission Statement

The Anti-Racism Team's mission statement mirrors that of the College:

We are the Community's College
  • We are an inclusive, anti-racist, multicultural educational institution that recognizes the destructive effects of racism on all members of our community.
  • We commit to restoring full participation and shared power of the entire community and being accountable to the people and communities we serve.
We are a Community of Learners
  • We reject all forms of bias.
  • We are dedicated to teaching an anti-racist, anti-bias curriculum.
  • We implement anti-racist, anti-bias structures, policies, and practices that maximize the potential of our constituents.
We are a Changing Community
  • We imagine a future without systemic racism that empowers all members of our community to use their creativity in an inclusive, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive environment.
Initiatives

The Anti-Racism Team's initiatives include:

  • Shaping awareness of systemic racism within the institution and analyzing the specific barriers to change;
  • Fostering a College-wide commitment to dismantle institutional racism and establish an anti-racist purpose;
  • Developing an action plan for dismantling the structures that perpetuate racism within the institution;
  • Developing cultural identities within the institution based on an anti-racist understanding;
  • Building new organizational structures that share decision-making powers.
Team Members
  • Mario Borha, Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Donovan Braud, Professor of English
  • Michelle James, Distinguished Professor of Psychology
  • Gloria Liu, Center for Promoting STEM Coordinator
  • Ileo Lott, Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Jean Neal, Facilities Coordinator
  • Juletta Patrick, Asst. Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dean of Access, Equity, and Diversity
  • Phil Prale, Adjunct Faculty, K-12 Education
  • Katherine Schuster, Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Suzi Ziegenhorn, Assistant Professor of Biology
    Ex Officio: Joianne Smith, President

The Anti-Racism Team works with Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR) to host regional workshops and train Oakton's institutional transformational teams.

For more information, please email antiracismteam@oakton.edu or contact a team member.