About the Commission


The University Commission on History, Race, and a Way Forward was formed in 2019 and formally charged by the Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz in February of 2020 to explore, engage and teach the University’s history with race, and provide recommendations to the Chancellor on how we as a University community must reckon with the past.

Commission members

  • Jim Leloudis (co-chair), Professor of History; Peter T. Grauer Associate Dean for Honors Carolina; Director, Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
  • Patricia Parker (co-chair), Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication; Director, Graduate Certificate for Participatory Research
  • Delores Bailey, Executive Director, EmPOWERment Inc.; and Chapel Hill community member
  • Larry Chavis*, Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School; *currently on research leave
  • Giselle Corbie-Smith, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine; Director, Center for Health Equity Research; Professor, Internal Medicine, UNC School of Medicine
  • Nicholas Graham, University Archivist, University Archives and Records Management Services, University Libraries
  • Ronald Harris, UNC Alum; Student, School of Medicine, Duke University
  • Amy Locklear Hertel, Chief of Staff to the Chancellor; Clinical Assistant Professor, UNC School of Social Work
  • Sherick Hughes, Professor, UNC School of Education; Founder and Director, Interpretive Research Suite & Carter Qualitative Thought Lab; Founder and Co-Director, Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Studies
  • Kenneth Janken, Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
  • Dawna Jones, Director, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke University
  • Joseph Jordan, Director, Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History; Adjunct Associate Professor, African, African American, and Diaspora Studies
  • Seth Kotch, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies; and Director, Southern Oral History Program
  • Danita Mason-Hogans, Project Coordinator, Critical Oral Histories, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; and Chapel Hill community member
  • Josmell Pérez, Director, The Carolina Latinx Center

Student Commission Members (2020-2022)

  • Danita Horton, Graduate Student, School of Social Work
  • Sydni Janell Walker, Undergraduate Student
  • Graham Watkins, Undergraduate Student


02/18/21: UNC Residence Hall Association (RHA) host webinar on Black History and the University

Co-Chairs Jim Leloudis and Patricia Parker present on Black History at UNC Chapel Hill and the work of the University Commission on History, Race, and a Way Forward. Available to watch on YouTube.