(AP) -- Syracuse University has added an athletic director of diversity, culture and climate in a new position within the department of athletics.
Salatha Willis is charged with developing and implementing new ways to create an equitable culture for the university's student-athletes, administrators, coaches and staff in the athletic department.
The move is a response to the racial tension that has wracked the country, including a period of social unrest on campus last fall.
There were more than a dozen reports last November of racist graffiti and vandalism targeting Blacks, Jews, Asians and Native Americans.
Athletic director John Wildhack says the death of George Floyd in police custody also was a factor.