The Trailblazer Series promotes and honors African Americans in the UT community who are trailblazers in their field and/or those who have been instrumental in advancing civil rights issues or issues specific to African Americans or persons of African descent. The inaugural series is brought to you by the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and the Commission for Blacks. You can view the inaugural speaker in our series, Theotis Robinson, now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4USaBvfg_gQ. You can view pictures from the second speaker in our series, Rita Geier, now on Flickr.
The University of Tennessee’s Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is hosting a Regional Symposium of BFSAs (and similarly-focused organizations) on Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th, 2015. The Symposium will focus on:
The conference, which is consistent with the UTK Top 25 Initiative, will place particular emphasis on a variety of diversity and inclusion issues that affect the above-mentioned groups. Conference activities will include workshops, interactive training sessions, and facilitated group discussions.
For more information and Registration fees, please visit the Symposium Information Page.
Dr. Steven N. Waller, Sr.
Dr. Anton Reece
Student Success Center
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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