Members of the Faculty Executive Committee gathered Monday afternoon to discuss the Commission on History, Race and a Way Forward, formally announced by Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz last week.
Co-chairpersons Patricia Parker and Jim Leloudis attended the meeting to discuss the Commission's goals.
Parker and Leloudis emphasized the collaborative nature of the Commission and their dedication to focusing its efforts on not only teaching, but learning from the University’s history.
“We’re not taking this lightly," Parker, chairperson of the Department of Communication, said. “We’re not saying we’re saviors. We humbly, as faculty colleagues, bring our areas of expertise to a difficult issue.”
Parker noted that the University's decision to place the Silent Sam monument in the hands of The North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., along with a $2.5 million trust meant for the monument's care and preservation, had no impact on the creation the commission or the appointment of its members. She said Guskiewicz approached her with the idea in September or October 2018.