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.

Oakton's Anti-Racism Statement


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

  • Marc Battista, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean of Curriculum and Instruction   
  • Donovan Braud, Chair, Professor of English
  • Shedrick Daniels, Director of Institutional Equity and Inclusion
  • Michelle James, Distinguished Professor of Psychology
  • Gloria Liu, Grants Manager of STEAM-H and Special Projects
  • Ileo Lott, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Keith Morgan-Dunham, Counselor
  • Philip Prale, Lecturer
  • Katherine Schuster, Co-Chair, Anthropology, College Studies, Education, Psychology, Social Science and Sociology Department & Coordinator, Distinguished Professor, Education
  • Beatriz Sparks, Senior Executive Assistant to the President, Special Assistant to the Board of Trustees
  • Suzanne Ziegenhorn, Professor of Biology

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.