We are thrilled to partner with the Knoxville Area Urban League Young Professionals for this year’s 4th Annual Cork Savvy Wine Tasting and Silent Auction. KAUL Young Professionals group partnered with the commission to promote the retention of talented young professionals in the Knoxville area. This is an excellent opportunity for students from diverse backgrounds to learn more about career opportunities within Knoxville. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible if you are or know of any students interested in this opportunity.
We are thrilled with the events of the past year and hope you share in our excitement and Black@UT, the annual Commission for Blacks newsletter.
This inaugural diversity council and commission summit will bring together diversity advocates across campus to explore and share best practices for forming and sustaining a diversity council within your unit.
This summit is intended for current members of University of Tennessee diversity councils and commissions, as well as persons in the process of forming a diversity council or commission.
Dr. Melissa Shivers
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life & Strategic Initiatives
Ms. Thura Mack
Professor & librarian, Coordinator for Community Services and Diversity Programs
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.
We are both honored and consider it a privilege to have been selected as the Co-Chairs for the Commission for Blacks. We intend to work hard to ensure that the Commission remains dynamic and forward looking. We intend to live up to the challenge of remaining informed and taking action on concerns specific to the black community at UT and encouraging black faculty, staff and student involvement in all aspects of campus life. We will discharge of our duties to the best of our abilities and look forward to working with you this year.
Lili'a Uili Neville
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System