Diversity Committee January Meeting Notes: January 17th, 1:00pm, Room 150
- The next Diversity Committee meeting will be held February 21, 1-2:00pm, Hodges Library Room 150.
- The Diversity Committee will be meeting with Mark Puentes on February 5th, 11:00am-12:00pm, Hodges Library Room 605
- Possible question for Mark: “How we can prepare ourselves and engage with the new Vice Chancellor of Diversity?”
- All committee members are invited to this session!
- Citizenship display in the University Center organized by Sojourna and Anne
- March 20, 21, and 22 – RAD Class
- Megan Smith is organizing another library event open and available for all UT women. The class is 12 hours total and culminates with a training exercise in self-defense. Register online here. For more questions, contact Megan (email@example.com or 865-974-6903) or UTPD (974-3114).
2. Webpage Update (Judy and Rabia) (http://www.lib.utk.edu/diversity/)
- Judy and Rabia showed changes made so far
- What do we want on the home page?
- o Contact us
- o Highlight/inform about cultural issues/news
- o Recommended Culture Corner: Focus on Women’s issues i.e. Sex, gender, power
- o Pictures from previous activities? Picture collage for home page
- o Organize information by years
- Deadline for the webpage: end of February and beginning of March
- Email Judy and Rabia with suggested changes
3. Human Libraries Update (Ingrid)
- Presenting at Black Issues Conference, “UTK Human Library Experience: Reading into Black Culture” February 2, 2:15-3:00pm UTK University Center Rm 225
- Please come support us!
4. Alliance of Women Philanthropists 2012 Giving Circle Grant Update (Sojourna)
- Grant to bring Half the Sky the Book and film to campus along with a scholarship is submitted
- Friends of the Libraries will provide matching funds
- The announcement will be made Feb 22, 2013
- Possible Life of the Mind partnership
5. Diversity Committee Social Networking Media Update (Ingrid)
- Ingrid is working to integrate the diversity committee’s efforts into the libraries’ social networking media
6. Common Ground Book Club Update (Ingrid)
- A writer’s transsexual journey will be the topic of the next Common Ground Book Club discussion led by Dean of the university Libraries Steve Smith.
- T Cooper’s Real Man Adventures will be the subject of discussion on Tuesday, February 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Culture Corner, first floor of Hodges Library. Real Man Adventures is a collage of letters, essays, interviews, artwork, and conversations exploring what it means to be a man. T Cooper maintains a sense of humor as he takes us through his transition into identifying as male — even publishing the letter he wrote to his parents to inform them that he “wasn’t their daughter anymore.” It’s a brash, wildly inventive, and comic exploration of the paradoxes and pleasures of masculinity.
7. New items
- Elizabeth Young of the University Libraries graciously donated a basket of preserves for the Race Against Racism on behalf of the Diversity Committee. (Thank You)
- The Confucius Institute is coming to campus April 11-12. See Anne Hulse firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Robin Bedenbaugh requests our support to bring Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian from Texas A&M to speak at the libraries about the impact of media in fostering a diverse community of respect.
- The committee agreed to work with Robin in bringing in the speaker.