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, in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion, is hosting a series of facilitated lunchtime discussions about how to comfortably dialogue about diversity and inclusion. The discussions are open to all. 

Lunch and Learn: An Open Conversation about Religious Tolerance: What do you think?  – February 17, 2016

The Spring 2016 Lunch and Learn series begins on Wednesday, February 17th at noon in the John C. Hodges Library conference room 605 with Rosalind Hackett. Dr. Hackett is professor and head of the Department of Religious Studies where she studies the religions of Africa, especially Pentecostalism. She worked extensively in Nigeria and published on Muslim-Christian conflict. This Lunch and Learn session will focus on religion and civility in a diverse landscape of beliefs.

Lunch and Learn: An Open Conversation about Gender Pronouns: Concepts to Update your Conversation Toolbox – March 24, 2016

The second of the Spring series will be held Thursday, March 24th at noon in the John C. Hodges Library conference room 605 with Donna Braquet. She is a past vice chair of the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBT People and a recipient of the Chancellor’s LGBT Advocate award in 2008. Donna was instrumental in overseeing the opening of the UTK campus OUTreach resource center, a safe space on campus that is open to all students, faculty and staff. She was the first member assigned to Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall’s staff as Special Assistant and remains actively committed to a welcoming campus for LGBT faculty, staff and students. This Lunch and Learn session will be on gender pronouns and focus on concepts to update your conversation toolbox.

Lunch and Learn: An Open Conversation about Bullying and Social Media – October 21, 2015

The second Lunch and Learn was held on Wednesday, October 21st at noon in Room 605 of John C. Hodges Library. The facilitator was Dr. Ferlin McGaskey, Assistant Director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. Dr. McGaskey facilitated 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.

Lunch and Learn: An Open Conversation about Civility – September 15, 2015

The first Lunch and Learn was held on Tuesday, September 15th at noon in the Mary Greer Room of John C. Hodges Library. The facilitator was Dr. Ernest Brothers, Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Director of the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship. Dr. Brothers facilitated 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.


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