The University of Tennessee College of Law has welcomed its most diverse class in the college’s history. Of the 160 students enrolled for the Class of 2014, 46 of them, or 29 percent, are students of color. Class members range in age from 21 to 65. Approximately 42 percent of the class is female and 58 percent is male, tracking the national applicant pool that is predominantly male this year. The Class of 2014, one of the college’s largest, was selected from nearly 1,300 applicants.
In the Cherokee language, “anadasgisi” means “they are gathering.” The Native American Student Association (NASA) and UT Knoxville are hosting “Anadasgisi – The Gathering of International Natives,” a traditional powwow featuring performers from across the globe on April 8 and 9 at various locations around UT campus.
The UT Knoxville College of Law will host a special event next month to honor students and alumni who are making strides to increase diversity in the program. The 11th annual Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Gala will be at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at The Foundry in World’s Fair Park.
Thanks to a Nashville law firm, the UT Knoxville College of Law will receive a $100,000 endowment to help law students and advance the principles of equality preached by civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis is expected to announce the Diversity Endowed Scholarship on Jan. 13 during its inaugural luncheon to celebrate King’s legacy.
Due to inclement weather, the Jan. 11th kickoff celebration is postponed and will be rescheduled.
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.
KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee College of Law has welcomed one of its largest classes in years, with 169 students enrolling. The class of 2013 was selected from more than 1,500 applicants. Karen R. Britton, director of admissions, financial aid and career services for the College of Law, said the large class is consistent
The UT Knoxville College of Engineering has appointed Travis Griffin as the new director of the engineering diversity programs office.
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.
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.