The College of Engineering held its annual Breakfast of Champions recently, giving underrepresented high school students—defined as African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander—a chance to visit with UT professors, tour labs, and get to know some of their potential classmates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education featured the College of Engineering’s success in diversity programs. According to the article, the college’s Office of Diversity Programs, which just celebrated the fortieth anniversary of such programs at the college, has seen the graduation of more than 900 minority students, including fifteen master’s and Ph.D. students.
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.
“Does Diversity Really Matter?” is the theme of this year’s Diversity and Inclusion Week, September 30 to October 3, hosted by the College of Communication and Information. The four-day event will feature panel discussions on a wide range of diversity and inclusion issues.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero will headline the College of Communication and Information’s annual Experience Diversity Banquet at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, in Knoxville. Rogero will deliver the keynote address and also will be presented with the 2013 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.
Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Black Issues Conference on February 2. “We Are America: Divided We Fall. Together We Stand” is the theme of the conference, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.
UT’s College of Law is one of the best and most affordable law schools in the nation, according to two prestigious publications. The college has been listed in both the Princeton Review’s “Best 168 Law Schools” and On Being A Black Lawyer’s “Black Student’s Guide to Law Schools.”
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.
Artist iO Tillet Wright will bring her “Self Evident Truths” project to Knoxville March 11–13 as part of a two-week tour of eleven cities. As part of her visit, she will be speaking on campus and photographing people to be part of her project.
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.