Creating a welcoming environment where people are open to learning from one another lays the foundation. We grow through conversations and experiences with people who have different beliefs and come from other places, cultures, and backgrounds.
We choose to celebrate our differences and the opportunities they create for our students, faculty, and staff. Our students find them everywhere, from coursework and lectures to campus entertainment and informal gatherings.
Our students hail from 100 countries and all fifty states. Educating students to achieve excellence requires our consistent focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
UT alumnus Lelan Statom, a Nashville meteorologist and talk show host, received the 2016 diversity award from the College of Communication and Information.
The Haslam College of Business Office of Diversity and Community received the 2015 Dr. Marva L. Rudolph Diversity and Interculturalism Unit Excellence Award for leading the way in the university's ongoing efforts to enhance campus diversity and inclusivity.
In fall 2015, Katrice W. Jones Morgan became the first director of diversity and inclusion for the College of Law.
Eric Stokes, senior assistant director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, received the 2015 Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award.
And Tanisha Jenkins, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Life, was honored at the 2015 Multicultural Graduation Celebration with the Beacon of Light Award, named in her honor.
But diversity means more than race and ethnicity; it’s about a commitment to accessibility as well. The Clarence Brown Theatre hosts Deaf Night @ the Theatre performances throughout each season.
We also approach differences in political views, religion, gender identity, values, age, abilities, and sexual orientation with open minds and infuse diversity principles beyond just the student body.
We allocate more resources for faculty and staff hiring and for programs to expand the content and perspectives our students encounter in the classroom.
Diversity and civility go hand in hand. Both are essential for our students and for our institutional success. We are continually striving to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville.
Our students embody the Volunteer spirit by helping others at home and abroad, serving as Spanish translators on a medical mission trip in Guatemala or supporting the Center for Sport, Peace, and Society's partnership in the Global Sports Mentoring program.
Working with campus leaders and organizations, we are building a community that values critical inquiry, civil debate, and discovery.
We seek to prepare our students so that when they leave our campus they have had diverse experiences and can go to work in a global environment. The businesses we serve in Tennessee and beyond not only want to recruit students who are diverse but also to recruit students who have the ability to work in diverse environments. That's what they expect our university to provide.
By showing respect and finding common ground, we set the stage for the free exchange of ideas and the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual curiosity.
There are 450+ registered student organizations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, participating in service, philanthropy, academic research, international and domestic causes, competing nationally in intramural sports, engaging in fellowship, and much more.
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