Diversity Activities

The UT Libraries Diversity Committee hosts and participates in a number of campus-wide activities to promote civility and awareness of diversity issues.

Activities and Events for 2015-2016

The UT Libraries Diversity Committee and Office for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a series of “Lunch and Learn” discussions surrounding the theme of difficult conversations. At these sessions, facilitators will lead discussions about difficult topics while encouraging an environment of inclusivity, respect, and dignity for all community members.

Lunch and Learn: An Open Conversation about Civility

The first Lunch and Learn will be held on Tuesday, September 15th at noon in the Mary Greer Room of John C. Hodges Library. The facilitator will be Dr. Ernest Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship. Dr. Brothers will facilitate a discussion on how to promote civility on campus while recognizing and appreciating the diversity of individual and collective abilities and achievements.

Dr. Brothers has a Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. He based his research on the retention of minorities in STEM fields at predominantly White institutions.

Lunch and Learn: An Open Conversation about Bullying and Social Media

The second Lunch and Learn will be held on Wednesday, October 21st at noon in room 605 of John C. Hodges Library. The facilitator will be Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, Assistant Director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. Dr. McGaskey will facilitate a discussion on bullying in social media and what affect these digital discussions have on current and ongoing difficult conversations regarding civil unrest.

Dr. McGaskey has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Tennessee. His research interests include the academic, personal, and professional experiences of graduate students with a particular focus on international and students of color.


Please join us on September 15th and October 21st at noon for these thought-provoking discussions. Bring your lunch; snacks provided.

The Lunch and Learn Series will resume in Spring 2016. Please check back for dates and topics.


Past Activities:  2014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2013-2013