Governor Newsom Appoints LMU President’s Professor Cheryl Grills to Task Force to Study Reparations for Slavery

Cheryl Grills, director of the Psychology Applied Research Center (PARC) and President’s Professor in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, has been selected to serve on California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.

In his selections for this task force, Gov. Gavin Newsom considered candidates’ experience in the fields of economics and community development, health and psychology, law and criminal justice, faith-based and community activism, and the historic achievement of reparatory justice.

Grills, a clinical psychologist who began her tenure-track position at LMU in 1987, has dedicated her career to supporting the needs of low-income communities of color using research and community-centered models of prevention and treatment for mental and physical health. Through her work with PARC, she has collaborated with many community-based organizations on grant-funded projects to facilitate social change and community empowerment through action-oriented research.

California’s Reparations Task Force will have nine members, with five appointed by the governor, two appointed by the state Senate and two appointed by the Assembly. Members will meet over the next year and conclude their work with a written report on their findings, along with recommendations which will be provided to the legislature.

Read Gov. Newsom’s announcement here.