TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) — Malik Osborne, a starter on the nationally-ranked Florida State men’s basketball team, has been named to the Special Presidential Task Force on Anti-Racism, Equity and Inclusion by Florida State University President John Thrasher.
The task force is charged with exploring the university’s historical connections to race and ethnicity, identifying racial/ethnic disparities on campus and implementing initiatives in support of the diversity and inclusion goal in the University’s strategic plan. It will be results-driven and transparent in its work as it provides regular updates to Thrasher’s leadership team as well as the campus community.
Osborne is one of 30 members of the Florida State University community to serve on that task force.
“It’s a true honor to be a part of the Anti-Racism Task Force,” Osborne said. “I’d like to thank President Thrasher and everyone involved in the selection. I’m excited and blessed to be in this position and can’t wait to start working.”
Osborne, a native of Matteson, Ill., became a student-athlete at Florida State in 2018 after transferring from Rice University. He was named to the 2019 ACC Academic Honor Roll and was a starter on Florida State’s ACC Championship Team in 2020.
A three-person executive committee, chaired by Professor of English Maxine Montgomery, will lead the task force. The group’s first organizational session is set for mid-August.
“We have a long history of addressing difficult racism and inclusion issues on this campus, and we know there is still much work to do,” Thrasher wrote in a message to campus. “As the nation faces great unrest and an urgent call for change, we, as a university, will continue to listen, learn and evolve.
“Since Malik’s arrival at Florida State in 2018, I have been impressed with his calm demeanor and his ability to frame a message,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development Ashton Henderson, who also serves as FSU’s Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Athletics. “Couple those attributes with his passion to raise awareness regarding social injustices and racial inequalities, and his appointment as a member of this very important committee is one that will serve the task force well.
“It is imperative that we empower our student-athletes to help bring about change,” Henderson continued. “Malik’s voice on President Thrasher’s task force illustrates how essential and vital the voices of our student-athletes are on our campus and beyond.”
The task force will produce bimonthly progress reports on actionable issues, as well as a report at the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.
Task Force Executive Committee
Maxine Montgomery, Professor of English (Faculty) – Chair
Brandon Bowden, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs (Staff)
Michelle Douglas, Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office (Staff)
Task Force Members
Rawan Abhari, Secretary of Internal Affairs, Student Government Association (Undergraduate Student)
Tom Block, Vice President for Advancement Relations, FSU Foundation (Staff)
Cortez Brown, College of Medicine (Medical Student)
Billy R. Close, Assistant Professor and Director of Service Learning and Mentoring, College of Criminology & Criminal Justice (Faculty)
Katrinell Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology (Faculty)
Kyle Doney, Seminole Tribe of Florida, FSU Alumni Association National Board of Directors (Alumnus)
Miles Feacher, College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (Undergraduate Student)
Craig Filar, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies (Faculty)
Stacey Hardin, Teaching Faculty in Special Education (Faculty)
Robinson Herrera, Associate Professor of History (Faculty)
Roxanne Hughes, Director, Center for Integrating Research & Learning at National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Faculty)
April Jackson, Assistant Professor of Urban & Regional Planning (Faculty)
Gail Jackson, Senior Custodial Supervisor (Staff)
Nastassia “Tazzy” Janvier, Vice President, Student Government Association (Undergraduate Student)
Cassandra D. Jenkins, Parliamentarian, FSU Black Alumni Association (Alumna, Community)
Maxine Jones, Professor of History (Faculty)
Hannah Kelsey, President, Garnet and Gold Key (Undergraduate Student)
Samantha Kunin, College of Law (Law Student, Undergraduate Alumna)
Bruce Lamont, Jim Moran Eminent Scholar in Business Administration (Faculty)
Stefany Moncada, Multicultural Admissions Counselor and President, Hispanic/Latinx Alumni Network (Staff)
Malik Osborne, Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete (Undergraduate Student)
Alan Rosenzweig, Deputy County Administrator, Leon County (Community)
Nan Rothstein, former Vice President, Student Government Association (Alumna)
Kevin Rutois, President, Interfraternity Council (Undergraduate Student)
Jarrett “Jay” L. Terry, Assistant Provost (Faculty)
Greg Washington, Special Operations Lieutenant, FSU Police Department (Staff)
Allisson Yu, National Board of Directors, FSU Alumni Association (Alumna)