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African American Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Dr. Marva Rudolph

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On October 1, 1994, the University unveiled the African-American Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, housed in the Black Cultural Center, recognizes African-Americans who have made important contributions to the University of Tennessee.

This year, we induct Dr. Marva Rudolph in the Hall of Fame for her humble service to the University in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion.


Retention of African Americans in Knoxville Initiative Workshop

Retention of African Americans in Knoxville Initiative Workshop

November 8, 2014
Black Cultural Center
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

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One of the commissions’ long-term goals is to affect the retention of talented African American professionals in the Knoxville area. In accordance with that goal, we hosted a panel luncheon in November 2013 where Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, Knoxville Area Urban League President Phyllis Nichols, UT Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall, and Community Development Leader Buzz Goss discussed the many aspects of this goal and laid the groundwork to develop thoughtful solutions. You may view this panel discussion at http://tiny.utk.edu/retentionpanel13.

To continue this important work, we will host a half-day workshop on November 8, 2014, where local Knoxville constituencies, such as African American entrepreneurs and leaders, local city employees, and University of Tennessee employees and alumni, collaboratively brainstorm and develop strategic tactics that address specific barriers to the retention of young African American professionals in Knoxville.

From this half-day workshop, we aim to consolidate and formalize the strategic tactics presented by local community members into a multiyear strategic plan for the retention of young African American professionals in Knoxville to be executed by the Commission for Blacks and the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity in partnership with local government and civic entities.


Collaborators for Change Diversity Summit

Collaborators for Change

The Collaborators for Change: Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion was a wonderful success! The half-day event was full of meaningful contributions from our keynote speaker Dr. Jason Laker and UT students, faculty, and staff.

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Get to Know Me

"Get to Know Me" is a collaboration between the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Commission for Blacks. View More


Dr. Melissa Shivers
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Strategic Initiatives
Melissa Shivers

Ms. Thura Mack
Professor & librarian, Coordinator for Community Services and Diversity Programs
Ms. Thura Mack

 


 

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