Diversity Commitee Presentation for the 2012 Black Issues Conference

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Black in America: One Campus…One Community…Unified for One Cause
The UT Libraries was honored to participate again this year in the Black Issues Conference at the University Center. Our presentation was well received although it was a small crowd.
Link to our presentation goes here.
See information about the conference here:

UT Libraries Celebrates 50 years of African American Achievement: A Showcase.

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Join us Thursday, Sept. 8, 2:00-4:00 p.m. throughout the John C. Hodges Library for exhibits and entertainment in the library, featuring interactive personal expression, digital storytelling, music, poetry readings, and movies.
WUTK The Rock live on site, Black Cultural Center, 50th African American Achievement Committee, UT Libraries Music Library, Native American Student Association, Common Ground Book Club, My Everyday Civility: featuring the 2011 Free Range Video Contest Winners, Movie in Hodges Library Auditorium and 212: Miss Evers’ Boys, and the Student Health Center

Miss Evers’ Boys Film Screening

Date, Time & Location:
Thursday, September 8
1st Screening: 2 PM in Hodges Library 212
2nd Screening: 6PM in Hodges Library Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Laurence Fishburne and Alfre Woodard star in this drama, based on the “true story of the US Government’s 1932 Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiments, in which a group of black test subjects were allowed to die, despite a cure having been developed” (imdb.com). This film screening is co-sponsored by the UT Libraries Diversity Committee, as part of UT Libraries Celebrates 50 years of African American Achievement: A Showcase. The film will be screened once at 2 PM and again at 6 PM.

Sponsored by UT libraries Diversity Committee, UT Life of the Mind Program, and the 50 years of African American Achievement Committee

Winning Respect Through Civility, April 20 from 2:30-4:00

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Please come to a panel discussion, Winning Respect Through Civility, on Wednesday, April 20 from 2:30-4:00 pm in 605 John C. Hodges Library. Panelists are

· Joan Cronan, Director of Women’s Athletics
· Marva Rudolph, Director, Office of Equity & Diversity
· Annazette Houston, Director, Disability Services and Co-Chair of the 50th Anniversary of African American Achievement Planning.

Panelists will respond to the following questions along with others we raise:

1. How do you define “respect” and “civility?”
2. Please tell us about your position at UTK and ways you garner respect.
3. How can body language convey civility?
4. What strategies do you use for being respectful to angry people?
5. Tell us about an experience where you promoted civility by listening.
6. How do differences affect perceptions of civility?
7. Please give us some advice for saying “no” with civility.
8. What can individuals do to create a civil, respectful environment?

The Libraries will offer HR 128 credit for this program. Refreshments will be served. Please put this event on your calendar now!

Best wishes,

Anadasgisi: The Gathering of International Natives @UTK April 8th and 9th

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Friday, April 8, 2011 at 6:45 in the Humanities Amphitheater with an open discussion with Principal Chief, Michell Hicks, of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and followed by a presentation of the Aztec Fire Dance. The event will continue on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 10:15 with the Grand Entry of Performers in Circle Park at the University of Tennessee.

print the NASA Pow-WOW poster


“Valuing Diversity and Inclusion in the Academy: Achieving New Levels of Excellence“

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You are invited to a presentation by Dr. Yolanda T. Moses, professor of anthropology and nationally recognized expert on cultural diversity, on Wednesday, March 9 from 9-10 am in the Hollingsworth Auditorium of the Ellington Plant Sciences Building on the Agriculture Campus. Dr. Moses will speak on Valuing Diversity and Inclusion in the Academy. Diversity and inclusion influence workplace productivity and team creativity. The University Libraries is a co-sponsor of this program in our ongoing quest to explore ways to create and maintain diversity and a culture of respect among library employees and library users.

We will provide transportation to this program from Hodges Library. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join your colleagues and visit the Ag Campus on March 9 to hear Dr. Moses.

50 Years of African American Achievement @ UTK Kick-off Tuesday, Jan. 11

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A Celebration of honoring the first African-American undergraduate students and the rich legacy of African-American achievement campus-wide begins Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate in the commemorative march from the Torchbearer at Circle Park to Ayres Hall. A celebration will follow on the Hill with our special guest, Olympian and UT alumna Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley. Mark you calendars and plan to attend this special event.
Check http://achieve.utk.edu/ for information on future events. The celebration will continue throughout 2011.