The 1980s television program MacGyver sparked interest in science. The National Academy of Engineering is hoping it can serve as inspiration to a new generation, and is sponsoring a contest for ideas for a show that would feature a female engineer in the lead role. UT students—male or female, engineer or not—are encouraged to enter.
During the past thirty-five years, about 3,500 students have participated in the Educational Advancement Program at UT.
A group of UT students who traveled to Ferguson, Missouri, will share their experiences at an open forum and discussion session, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, in Room 27 of the Alumni Memorial Building.
Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall has been selected as an ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation 2015 Diamond Honoree.
The Center for International Education will host its annual International Education Week September 22-26 with events that celebrate the diverse culture on campus and showcase the university’s global initiatives.
The College of Communication and Information will celebrate its Diversity and Inclusion Week September 22–25 with a keynote speech, an open forum, panels, and a diversity festival. Jose Aponte, director of the San Diego County Library System, will deliver the keynote address at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, in the McClung Museum auditorium.
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.