UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes February 24, 2011

Updates and News
Trisha Brady is working with the Green Committee for the next Culture Corner Display “It’s not Easy Being Green”. The plan is to coordinate with Gordie Bennett and the Make Orange Green campaign. Trisha plans to include activities with the display such as “How green are you?” worksheets. The committee agreed to carry this theme over to the International Festival on April 15th.

Celebrating 50 years of African American Achievement
Annazette Houston joined us for an update on the proceedings and plans for Celebrating 50 years of African American Achievement events.
The MLK Parade was a success and the Kick off celebration can be viewed by web cast http://160.36.161.128/UTK/Viewer/?peid=b8a2813d14e543a0a534abf66aae7496. Each academic department is having a correlating event.
Follow all the events here:http://achieve.utk.edu/events.shtml
The committee discussed the Libraries roll- Most of the historical records used are housed at UT Libraries. Ribbia Gibbs did most of the information retrieval.
The upcoming Life of the Mind program centered around the book The Immortal Life of Hennrietta Lacks is scheduled for Feature in a Culture Corner this Fall.
Annazette wondered if we could feature scanned copies of documents and letters used in preparation for the 50y events. The Committee is interested in offering programing during Welcome Week (Aug 18th) with slam poets, local film makers and artists.

Kynita Stringer-Stanback suggested in the instillation of a Civility Award in honor of Felicia Felder-Hoehne the first African American Librarian at UT. She will work on a proposal for the Spirit Awards Committee.

The Studio’s Free Range Contest this year features “My Everyday Civility” in correlation with Chancellor Cheek’s call for campus civility.

The committee planned to greet the new dean and discussed taking the new dean to lunch and preparing a welcome gift that includes a report of the history of the Diversity Committee.
In conclusion the committee made plans to campaign for new members

-MAR 2/25/2011