The Diversity Committee staffed a table at UT’s International Festival on April 11, 2014. The festival is sponsored by the International House, and our theme this year was Disability Resources.
The College of Communication and Information held its annual Experience Diversity Banquet on February 21, 2014. The keynote speaker is Robin Wilhoit, news anchor for WBIR-TV in Knoxville. Wilhoit also received the 2014 College of Communication and Information Diversity Award.
The Library hosted this training session offered by UT’s Employee & Organizational Development on February 11, 2014. The training uses activities and discussion to encourage participants to reflect on their own attitudes about gender and sexuality and to become aware of different forms of discrimination faced by LGBT individuals.
The Diversity Committee presented a session on February 1, 2014 entitled “‘I hate it when… I would like it if…’: Scandalous College Stereotypes.” Attendees explored college stereotypes through games and activities with the hope of increasing awareness of the impact stereotypes have in our community.
The UT Libraries Diversity Committee sponsored a team for this event, which took place on October 26, 2013, and raised the second highest amount of money for a team in the race.
Race for the Cure Salad Bar / Raffle Fundraiser (photos)
The Diversity Committee organized a salad bar lunch on October 3, 2013 for library staff to help raise funds for the Libraries’ Race for the Cure Team. Staff participated in a raffle for prizes, and we were able to raise over $1,000 for the team.
The VolAware Street Fair was October 2, 2013. The Diversity Committee participated with an activity for students to create their own stress balls and by promoting our DeStress for Success activities.
Cookie Bake-Off (photos)
On May 23, 2013, the Diversity Committee hosted a Cookie-Bakeoff and Meet-and-Greet for the UT Libraries. Staff members were invited to bake their favorite cookie recipe, share the recipes with others staff, and vote on their favorite cookie. At the event, we also featured highlights of the Diversity Committee programs, as well as our new website.
On April 19, 2013, the Diversity Committee set up a booth at UT’s International Festival. The table featured recipe cards from the Libraries Special Collection’s Cookbook Collection. Our food theme was Southern recipes.
National Library Week Display
During National Library Week April 14-20, 2013, a display was set up to show appreciation for UT Libraries.
The University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information held its fifth annual Experience Diversity Banquet on February 22, 2013 at Bearden Banquet Hall in Knoxville. The keynote speaker and recipient of the 2013 CCI Diversity Award was Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.
Common Ground Book Club: Real Man Adventures
T Cooper’s Real Man Adventures was the subject of the Common Ground Book Club on February 19, 2013. Library Dean Steve Smith led the discussion of this comic look at the author’s transsexual journey.
Librarians presented information on the Human Library at the Black Issues Conference on February 2, 2013 to UTK students, faculty and staff. A discussion was led about the meaning and impact of titles. Plans were shared about the future of the program in 2013 and 2014.
The members of the committee volunteered to set up a table on January 13, 2013 at the Race Against Racism. It was presented for the Association of Dr. Martin L. King Jr Commemorative Commission celebration.
Citizenship Display at the University Center
In January 2013, the Library Diversity Committee created a Citizenship Display in the University Commons as part of our Culture Corner program. Works and materials from UT Library displays were presented with the hopes of encouraging a dialog regarding what makes a good citizen.
Common Ground Book Club: The Things They Carried
The Things They Carried was discussed at the Common Ground Book Club on November 14th, 2012 in the Commons South, Hodges Library. The book, written by Tim O’Brien, is a series of stories about a platoon of American soldiers in Vietnam.
#ThanksUTveterans Campaign (November 12-16, 2012)
- Through a Solider’s Eyes – a video-slide show of photographs collected from veterans and exhibited in Hodges Library. Professor Baldwin Lee, working with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy and the UT Center for the Study of War and Society, has been collecting photos from soldiers and assembling them into an exhibit. The photos may also be published as a book.
- Volunteers Say Thank You —Faculty, staff and students were given red, white and blue sticky notes to write “thank you” messages to veterans which were posted to a six foot 2D model of the word “Volunteer” located on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library.