Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick recently held listening sessions with three key campus advisory groups—the Commission for Blacks, the Commission for Women, and the Commission for LGBT People.
Paul Rusesabagina, the real-life hero behind Hotel Rwanda, and Bree Newsome, the activist who removed the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House, are among the speakers who will be at UT during February to celebrate Black History Month. In addition to hosting well-known speakers, other events will celebrate African American music, international dance, and diversity in the workplace.
Kids of all ages can celebrate Black History Month through books that explore rich contributions that have been made by African Americans.
Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.
Illness and tragedy sidelined senior Diamond Rayborn for a while, but the 23-year-old Memphis native managed to stay focused on her goal. Rayborn will graduate on Friday with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a collateral in international business from the Haslam College of Business.
Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.
The Vol Vision 2020 Strategic Priority Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, chaired by Mr. Tyvi Small and Dr. Angela Batey, is interested in hearing feedback about your faculty and staff experiences at UT. Your feedback will allow us to shape the action plan for this important university strategic priority. Your voice matters and these listening sessions will be
Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will speak at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, as part of the Billie Grace Goodrich Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by UT’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Cole’s lecture, “The Case for Diversity and Inclusion,” will take place in the Grand Pavilion Ballroom.
Scripps Networks Interactive human resources executive Alaka Williams will deliver the keynote address for the College of Communication and Information’s seventh annual Diversity and Inclusion Week, September 26-29.
The UT Confucius Institute gave East Tennesseans a taste of Chinese culture through the celebration of the Moon Festival last week.