As the new academic year begins, Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall asks members of the campus community to be aware of religious holidays and observances, especially as faculty and staff plan events and class programs.
Vice Chancellor for Diversity News
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.
Students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are invited to complete an anonymous online survey that will help to assess disability accommodations provided by the university, the accessibility of the campus, as well as the inclusiveness of the university community for people with disabilities. The survey was developed by the Disability Task Force, which was created by the vice chancellor for diversity, to provide recommendations and strategies to make UT Knoxville more accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities.
On Monday, Rickey Hall began serving as the campus’s vice chancellor for diversity. He looks ahead to working with faculty, staff, students, and campus leaders, to build towards the campus’s Top 25 initiative and to getting to know the UT and Knoxville communities.
Rickey L. Hall, assistant vice president for equity and diversity at the University of Minnesota, has been named vice chancellor for diversity at UT. He will begin work in June 2013.
The vice chancellor for diversity candidate forums will continue next week. John O. Bello-Ogunu, Sr., associate vice president and chief diversity officer at the College of Charleston, will address the campus and answer questions on Tuesday, October 16. Melva “Cookie” Newsom, director of diversity education and assessment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will address the campus on Thursday, October 18. Both forums will take place in the University Center Shiloh Room.
UT is taking a big step forward in its commitment to diversity. The university has created a new position, vice chancellor for diversity, to maximize diversity, cultural awareness, and civility initiatives. Applications for qualified candidates are now being accepted. The vice chancellor for diversity will report to the chancellor and serve on the chancellor’s cabinet.