The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Commission for Blacks



Awards

Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award

Deadline: Third Friday in February (February 20, 2015)

This award recognizes the outstanding, pro-active contributions of students who serve the campus community and promote diversity and inclusion. The recipient will have demonstrated service, leadership, social advocacy, and/or a commitment to the spirit of cultural enrichment and the appreciation of differences on campus.

Anyone who has received the award in the preceding five years is ineligible for consideration.

A current biographical sketch of the nominee is requested along with the nomination form and letter.

The honoree will be selected by Commission for Blacks members.

Criteria:

  1. The nominee must be currently enrolled as a full-time UT Knoxville student.
  2. The nominee must be in good standing, in both academics and student conduct.
  3. The nominee must be openly pro-active in his/her beliefs in a diverse & inclusive university community.
  4. The nominee must be actively involved within the UT community, including participating in an organization/group that promotes diversity.

Previous Awardees

YearAwardee
1998Gene Mitchell Gray
1999Spruell Driver, Jr. and Patricia Ann Littlejohn
2000Not Awarded
2001Omar Jackson
2002Sharon Rodriguez-Alicea
2003Sherica A. Matthews
2004Ronnie Clark, Jr.
2005Vanessa Larella Thomas
2006Jeffery Charles Cohran
2007Joseph McArthur Cole
2008Victoria Thomas
2009Quiteka L. Moten
2010Quineka Moten
2011Janay Bryant
2012Jayanni Elizabeth Webster
2013Melanie L. Barron
2014Britney Jackson

Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award

Deadline: Third Friday in February (February 20, 2015)

The award recognizes outstanding, pro-active contributions of faculty and staff members who serve the campus community and promote diversity & inclusion at UT. The recipient openly expresses his/her beliefs in a diverse university community and has made consistent contributions on issues of diversity and inclusion. The recipient has demonstrated a commitment to the development of individuals in our community through cultivating and enriching the human mind and spirit. The recipient is actively involved in the UT community. Examples may include: membership in organizations that promote diversity, planning/sponsoring campus or community wide programs dealing with issues of diversity, multiculturalism and/or appreciation of difference, etc.

Anyone who has received the award in the preceding five years is ineligible for consideration.

A current biographical sketch of the nominee is requested along with the nomination form and letter.

The honoree will be selected by Commission for Blacks members.

Criteria:

  1. Faculty nominees must have been employed by UT for a minimum of 3 years. Exempt and non-exempt staff nominees must have been employed by UT for a minimum of 3 years.
  2. The nominee must be openly expresses his/her beliefs in a diverse university community and has made consistent contributions on issues of diversity and inclusion.
  3. The nominee must be actively involved within organizations that promote and educate about diversity and inclusion.

Previous Awardees

YearAwardee
1998Hardy Liston, Jr.
1999James Pippin
2000Not Awarded
2001Dr. Ronald B. McFadden
2002Dr. Jane S. Redmond
2003Dr. Faye V. Harrison
2004Dr. Stan L. Bowie
2005Dr. George W. Harris, Jr.
2006Prof. Felicia H. Felder-Hoehne
2007Dr. Terry Lee Esper
2008Richard L. Bayer
2009Eric M. Stokes
2010David L. Fox
2011Leshaun D. Oliver
2012Charles Houston and Annazette Houston
2013Rosa Emory Thomas
2014Dr. Amadou Sall

 

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