Diversity News

September 11 Survivor to Speak at UT–Sponsored Disability Awareness Event

On September 11, 2001, Michael Hingson, blind from birth, led his co-workers from the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center’s Tower One with the help of his guide dog, Roselle, moments before it collapsed. Now a New York Times best-selling author, Hingson will share his story at a Knoxville breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 30.

College of Business Names Director of Diversity and Community Relations

Tyvi Small

The College of Business Administration has named Tyvi Small director of its newly created Office of Diversity and Community Relations. “Under Tyvi’s leadership, the center will take a more expanded role in faculty and staff recruitment, work with the college’s development office and engage the broader business community,” said Tom Ladd, the college’s associate dean of research and technology.

Diversity and Excellence Are Intertwined

On Monday, Rickey Hall began serving as the campus’s vice chancellor for diversity. He looks ahead to working with faculty, staff, students, and campus leaders, to build towards the campus’s Top 25 initiative and to getting to know the UT and Knoxville communities.

‘We Back Pat in Iraq’ Documentary on Pat Summitt to Release this Spring

Support for legendary coach Pat Summitt has gone international. She will be honored at this Sunday’s Lady Vols basketball game with a special video message from her biggest fans in Iraq. The video is the trailer for We Back Pat in Iraq, a full-length documentary about Summitt’s impact on girls and women in the Middle Eastern country. UT partner Sport 4 Peace is producing the film. It is scheduled for release this spring.

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.