Last week the Memphis Commercial Appeal spoke with three Greater Memphis students receiving more than just a diploma from UT. Aeron Glover and Jayanni Webster of Memphis and Drew Shapiro of Germantown each received the Torchbearer award, the campus’s highest honor for academic achievement and commitment to others through activities and contributions to the university and the community.
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Seniors Jayanni Webster, Abbey Schaplowsky, and Corie Fine were working together on a class project when they realized how diverse their own lives were—and how the campus as a whole is full of thousands of individuals, each with their own differences. From this idea came “Dialogue: A Conversation on Race and Religion at UT,” a film screening and panel discussion devised as a way to create a safe, inclusive way for students to talk about different social issues.
When Jayanni Webster teamed up with fellow seniors Abbey Schaplowsky and Corie Fine on a social work class project, they had no clue their ideas would turn into a university-funded diversity program. The culmination of their efforts is “Dialogue: A Conversation on Race and Religion at UT,” a film screening and panel discussion to be held at 6:00 p.m. on March 6 in the Black Cultural Center.