Governor Gavin Newsom Appoints Cheryl Grills to First-In-The-Nation Task Force to Study Reparations For Slavery

Today, Cheryl Grills, was appointed to the State of California Reparations Task Force by Governor Gavin Newsom. After months of interviews and careful consideration, five individuals representing diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise were selected. The Task Force will expand to a total of nine members who will meet over the next year to study and make recommendations to the Legislature on reparations for slavery.

Cheryl Grills was recently appointed as President’s Professor in the LMU Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Her work focuses on community-based research, racial stress and trauma, as well as implicit bias and community healing focused on the needs of people of African ancestry. Grills has been a Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychology of the Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University since 1987. She is Commissioner and Vice Chair of the LA County Sybil Brand Committee where she has served since 2011. She was President of The Association of Black Psychologists from 2011 to 2013. She is the leader of the Global Emotional Emancipation Circles Training Team where she has served since 2009. She is current lead on a national Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color Needs Assessment for several Congressional Caucuses and national civil rights organizations. Grills was leader of the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle process under the Community Healing Network in 2009. Grills earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University with a double major in Psychology and African American Studies.

Click here to read the full announcement from the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom.