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Professor Emerita Vernellia Ruth Randall was born almost 70 years ago, in Gladewater, Texas
to Mary Pauline and Ernest Randall. Both parents graduated from Jarvis Christian College, an
HBCU, and her grandfather, was one of the founders. Prof. Randall attended the two room
colored school in Muleshoe, Texas and graduated from Carver High School in Amarillo in 1966.
Receiving her A.A. degree from Amarillo College, she entered the University of Texas and earned
her B.S. degree from the School of Nursing. Prof. Randall obtained her M.S. degree in nursing
from the University of Washington in 1978 and in 1987 her J.D. degree from Northwestern
School of Law, Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Starting a career in health care as a nurse and family nurse practitioner, Prof. Randall served as
Maternal-Child Health Nurse Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Health and Social
Services in Juneau, Alaska, from 1979 to 1984. She has been a professor of nursing and
community health at Oregon Health Sciences University and Wright State University as well as a
law professor at Northwestern School of Law, Seattle University School of Law, and the
University of Dayton. She was an associate with the Portland law firm of Bullivant, Houser,
Bailey, Pendergrass and Hoffman from 1987 to 1989.
In 1990, Prof. Randall was hired as Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Dayton. In
2014, Prof. Randall retired from the University of Dayton. During the 24 years at the University of
Dayton, Prof. Randall taught a wide variety of courses including Torts, Criminal Law, American
Health Care Law, Race and Racism in American Law. She also directed the academic support
program for 10 years. In retirement, Professor Randall continues to teach including “Race,
HealthCare and the Law” and “Race and Racism in American Law.
Professor Randall wrote, Racial Discrimination in Health Care in the United States as a Violation
of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the
Shadow Report to CERD on Health 2001 and the Status of Descendants of Africans Enslaved in
the United States (DAEUS) - DRAF, Response to the Periodic Report of the United States of
June 12, 2013, accompanied by the Common Core Document and Annex submitted on December
30, 2011, to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Her
latest book is entitled, Dying While Black.
In retirement, Professor has been active in a state and local campaign to end school push-outs and
in international human rights.
Highly sought after as a public speaker on matters of health, race and school pushout,
Professor Randall has published widely. She is a recipient of the Chairman’s Award from the Ohio
Commission on Minority Health and has been honored by a Commendation from the Ohio House
of Representatives. Randall is an accomplished webmaster and has received awards for her
website development. Her website, Racism.org has been on the web since 1995.
Professor Randall is the proud mother of two sons and two grandsons.