diversity News

New Ramp Allows Greater Accessibility to UT’s Torchbearer Statue

The Torchbearer is now more welcoming, thanks to a ramp that has been installed at the iconic statue in Circle Park on the UT Knoxville, campus. The ramp allows for increased accessibility to the statue for those with limited mobility. The Torchbearer was erected 43 years ago and, until now, there was no way to get to the statue without going up or down a number of steps. Jenny Richter, UT’s ADA coordinator, said construction of the ramp was prompted by a suggestion from a staff member who became aware that a visitor was unable to reach the statue.

College of Communication and Information to Host Diversity Banquet April 9

The UT Knoxville College of Communication and Information will hold its annual Experience Diversity Banquet, 7 p.m. Friday, April 9, at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, in Knoxville. The keynote speaker is Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. Nichols also will be presented with the 2010 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.

UT Knoxville Student Government Celebrates Diversity Week

The UT Knoxville Student Government Association will be hosting its annual Diversity Week Sunday, Feb. 28, through Thursday, March 4. This year’s theme is “I am not my stereotype.” The purpose of the week is to open students’ eyes to differences they may not be aware of at the university.

Fund strives to encourage faculty, staff influence on diversity

The Access and Diversity Staff Retention Fund is taking a proactive role in helping UT employees expand their cultural awareness. The fund gives monetary assistance to any Knoxville-area system, Ag campus or UT Knoxville staff or faculty employee interested in attending a program on diversity. These programs include national seminars and conferences relating to diversity and multicultural themes.