President Darryll Pines also announced a vaccine task force.
Since the grading policy announcement, opposition has been fierce.
The group includes student leaders from 34 organizations that represent Black students.
Dawes was the first African American woman to win an individual Olympic gymnastics medal.
The department is being named after Harriet Tubman.
Some Black employees were dissatisfied after Pines spoke on racism in virtual body meeting.
Watch the full recording of the town hall with President Pines.
The conversation was co-moderated by The Diamondback.
Some worry if students will follow social distancing restrictions.
The announcement came on his first day on the job.