Diversity News

UT Awards Alumnus Chad Holliday Honorary Doctorate at Commencement

Chad Holliday receives honorary doctorate at UT's Fall 2012 Commencement Ceremony

UT alumnus Chad Holliday encouraged graduates at UT’s fall commencement ceremony Saturday to be confident in the high value of their degree and to stay determined in their career goals. Holliday, chair of Bank of America and former CEO of DuPont, also received an honorary doctorate in engineering during the ceremony.

Rickey Hall Named Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity

Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.

Campus has New Peace Corps Recruiter

Amanda McRoy, center, with some friends in Cameroon during her two-year Peace Corps stay

Amanda McRoy said joining the Peace Corps was “the most life-changing decision” of her life. Now, she wants to help UT students as they consider service in the Peace Corps.

‘Accidental Asian’ Author to Speak to UT Freshmen; Public Invited

Eric Liu

Eric Liu, author of The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker, will visit campus Tuesday to address the Class of 2016. Liu will speak at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in Thompson-Boling Arena. The event is open to the public and free parking is available in G-10 parking garage.

College of Engineering Hosts Program for Middle School Students

Students participating in the AT&T Middle School Introduction for Engineering Systems (MITES) program

Thirty-one middle-schoolers from around the Southeast came to UT in June to design egg-drop bungees, rollercoasters and even construct a microgrid. The College of Engineering hosted the AT&T Middle School Introduction for Engineering Systems (MITES) program where minority and female students—groups underrepresented in engineering—got an up-close look at the in-demand field and had fun doing it.

Search Under Way for Vice Chancellor for Diversity

UT is taking a big step forward in its commitment to diversity. The university has created a new position, vice chancellor for diversity, to maximize diversity, cultural awareness, and civility initiatives. Applications for qualified candidates are now being accepted. The vice chancellor for diversity will report to the chancellor and serve on the chancellor’s cabinet.

UT College of Communication and Information to Host Diversity Banquet March 2

The College of Communication and Information will hold its annual Experience Diversity Banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, at the Bearden Banquet Hall. The keynote speaker is Avon W. Rollins Sr., director and CEO of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville, and president and CEO of Rollins & Associates, a management consulting firm. Rollins also will be presented with the 2012 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.