Racial Justice Task Force

The Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF) was formed on July 8, 2020 to help Morristown-Beard School achieve our goal of becoming an inclusive and anti-racist community.

The RJTF reports directly to the Board of Trustees and is chaired by two Board members.  Lead by a Steering Committee that includes a third-party Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant, Dr. Diana Artis, alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators, this task force is committed to evolving the policies and practices of MBS to reflect an anti-racist agenda.

The function of the Steering Committee is to gather, review, and analyze key data to identify preliminary areas for improvement.  The Task Force will develop a series of short and long-term recommendations and present their findings directly to the Board of Trustees.

We intend that these efforts enhance Morristown-Beard School for all current and future students, for alumni, and for all members of our community.

Steering Committee

Shanae Green – Trustee & Parent ’27
Carisa Strauss – Trustee & Parent ’20, ’22 ’24 

Dena Baptiste – Trustee & Parent ’14
Cartwright Wallace ’93 – Trustee & Alumni
Boni Luna – Administration
Klarissa Karosen – Administration
Robert Mitchell – Administration & Parent ’15, ’20, ’23
Ryan Liese – Administration
Tashia Martin ’01 – Alumni
Ian Elmore-Moore ’09 – Alumni
J’Meeyah White ’22 – Student
Mikail Patankar ’21 – Student
Xola Moody ’24 – Student
Kate Muttick ’97 – Faculty/Staff & Alumni
Monya Taylor Davis ’88 – Faculty/Staff & Alumni
Kim Sgro – PA President & Parent ’22, ’24
James White –  Parent ’22
Imani Moody – Parent ’20, ’22


Update from the Office of DEIB
April 19, 2022
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Update from the Office of DEIB
November 15, 2021
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Racial Justice Task Force Update to Community
June 1, 2021 
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Board of Trustees Meeting
January 21, 2021

The 2021-2026 Strategic Plan was approved, with a pillar dedicated to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) that includes recommendations from the Racial Justice Task Force (RJTF).

Student members of the RJTF shared feedback on DEI initiatives and progress with the Board of Trustees.

Racial Justice Task Force Update to Community
November 20, 2020

The Director of DEI held an open community meeting to discuss progress of the RJTF and current DEI initiatives.

Board of Trustees Meeting
November 10, 2020

Building on the conversation from October, this meeting was about the implementation of the RJTF's recommendations and the resources required to do so.

Board of Trustees Meeting
October 14, 2020

The chairs of the RJTF and Director of DEI presented RJTF recommendations to the Board of Trustees.