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