The Anti-Racism Task Force was created in December of 2020 as a part of the Historic Preservation Program’s on-going commitment to taking action on systemic racism. During the summer and fall of 2020, calls for action were published by many groups, including the Black Students Alliance, GSAPP Black Faculty, the Historic Preservation Program student body, the Urban Planning Program student body, and the Historic Preservation Program’s faculty and Director. The Task Force is charged with using these calls for action as the basis for the development and implementation of specific plans that will initiate meaningful, sustainable systemic change.
We recognize that there are immediate actions that can be taken to change the structure of how we operate within our academic community and we will take steps to ensure that such actions are accomplished.
We accept the responsibility of creating a framework that will ensure additional long term, sustainable actions that will promote systemic change in our Program, in our academic discipline, and in professional practice.
The needs are many and varied in nature. To move forward on as many items as possible concurrently, the Task Force has been divided into four subgroups. Each subgroup is responsible for developing plans and initiating action on different topics. Below, please find each subgroup’s specific goals and objectives statement.