UT is restructuring and investing more resources in two of the primary offices that handle sexual assault investigations, reporting responsibilities, and support and care for victims of sexual misconduct, relationship violence, and stalking.
Office of Equity and Diversity News
Izetta Slade, human resources officer and director of Extension Evaluation and Staff Development at the UT Institute of Agriculture, has been named associate director in the UT Knoxville Office of Equity and Diversity. She will begin in mid-March.
WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper spoke with Jennifer Richter, associate vice chancellor and director of UT’s Office of Equity and Diversity, and Ashley Blamey, director of the Center for Health Education and Wellness, about UT’s policy regarding sexual assault on campus.
Jenny Richter has been named associate vice chancellor and director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, effective June 1. Richter served as interim director following the death last year of former director Marva Rudolph.
The university-wide Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force has been appointed and will begin a series of meetings to examine the critical issues involved in creating a responsive and comprehensive sexual assault and misconduct policy. The task force members encourage everyone with an interest in this issue to attend their meetings and provide feedback about the university’s Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence.
The webinar “The University’s Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence: What Employees Need to Know” is now available to watch at any time from your desk.
The Office of Equity and Diversity and the Office of the General Counsel are hosting a webinar, “The University’s Interim Policy on Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence: What Employees Need to Know,” from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 4. The webinar will highlight key aspects of the new policy.
The Educational Advancement Program’s Summer 2014 Research Institute, an undergraduate preparation for graduate school, began in May and ended last week. Fifteen first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented undergraduates engaged in examining a research topic, gaining skills and knowledge about preparing a literature review, examining research methods, and practicing technical writing while under the guidance of a UT faculty mentor.
Katrina Oliver has been named the assistant director for the Office of Equity and Diversity. Oliver has most recently worked as an equal opportunity specialist and investigator for the Atlanta office of the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. In that capacity, Oliver investigated, evaluated, and monitored complaints from the initial inquiry to a final resolution.
Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall announced this week staffing plans for the Office of Equity and Diversity. Over the next year, the office will operate under an interim-staffing plan. Effective immediately, Jenny Richter will become the interim director. A search will be conducted for a twelve-month limited duration appointment interim assistant director.