Serving as a commissioner assists efforts to advance diversity and inclusion at UT and helps us on our journey to be a Top 25 public research institution. It is an honor and privilege to serve the university in this capacity.
Some of the efforts we championed in the past year included the inaugural Trailblazer Series and the Retention of African Americans in Knoxville Initiative. In the coming year, we will continue our work on the Trailblazer Series with the 2015-2016 speakers: Dr. Michael Nettles, Dr. Cynthia Fleming, and Dr. Anne Holt Blackburn. You can learn more about this exciting speaking series at http://trailblazer.utk.edu. Additionally, we aim to focus our efforts on strategic planning and policy engagement in the areas of retention, recruitment, research, and supplier diversity.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to meet personally to discuss your membership on the Chancellor’s Commission for Blacks.
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The Commission for Blacks is appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Diversity to advise on planning, implementation, and evaluation of University programs, policies, and services as they relate to Black students, faculty and staff. The Commission reports to the Office of the Chancellor.
The Commission for Blacks recommends changes in or additions to university policies and procedures to reflect concerns specific to blacks. The group also makes suggestions for new and existing academic and extracurricular programs related to blacks; encourages research to identify the problems and progress of blacks on campus; and encourages black faculty, staff and student involvement in all aspects of campus life.
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