Diversity News

Disability Task Force Created to Develop Recommendations for a More Accessible Campus

Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity

Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall has convened a task force that will develop recommendations and strategies to enhance accessibility and inclusivity of our campus for people with disabilities. The task force is charged with developing recommendations for the campus by examining strengths and weaknesses of accessibility on campus and identifying potential solutions and best practices at other higher education institutions.

Professor Recalls Chance Meeting with Mandela

Catherine Higgs

The recent passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela caused one UT professor to recall her chance meeting with him. Catherine Higgs, professor of history and vice chair of Africana studies, met Mandela in the Johannesburg airport in February 1991, a year after he was released after serving twenty-seven years in jail for protesting against the apartheid state.

UT, City of Knoxville to Mark Progress of Pathways in Historic Cemeteries

For almost five years, UT students and faculty have been working with city and county officials, the community, and members of the Knoxville Re-Animation Coalition to rehabilitate two historically and culturally important cemeteries in East Knoxville. At 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, they will celebrate the progress of a new “Community Passage,” 1,000 linear feet of pathways constructed throughout Odd Fellows Cemetery.

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.

Chinese Students Take Sports Studies through UT Summer Program

Twenty students from China are learning about sports psychology and elite athletic performance in Knoxville this summer thanks to a partnership between UT and the Shanghai University of Sport. The group, composed of undergraduate students from the Shanghai University of Sport, arrived at UT this month and will leave August 1. The English Language Institute

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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.