Office of Equity and Diversity News

Sexual Assault and Misconduct Task Force Members and Meeting Announced

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.

Webinar Scheduled for New Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy

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.

EAP Summer 2014 Research Institute Wraps Up

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.

Oliver Named Assistant Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity

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.

Staffing Plans for the Office of Equity and Diversity

Rickey Hall, vice chancellor for diversity

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.

In Memoriam: Marva Rudolph


Dr. Marva Rudolph, associate vice chancellor and director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, passed away on February 6. She was a recognized diversity professional who worked tirelessly with administrators, faculty, staff, and students to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion at UT. There will be a gathering of family and friends from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, at UT’s Black Cultural Center

VETS 100 Annual Survey

As a government contractor, UT is subject to the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Acts of 1974, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002. Each year, employees are asked to self-identify regarding their veteran status. You are asked to help the university comply with reporting requirements under federal law and provide information that can help the university recruit, retain, and acknowledge veterans in our workforce.

U.S. Poet Laureate to Visit UT Knoxville

The nation’s most highly regarded poet will visit UT Knoxville this month for a poetry reading and book-signing event. Kay Ryan, the 2008-2009 U.S. Poet Laureate, will read and talk about her poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the University Center auditorium. A book-signing event will follow. The event is free and open to the public.