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Diversity Committee

UT Libraries Diversity Committee Meeting Minutes October 15, 2009

Present: Thura Mack, Allison Roberts, Jerry Roberson, Laurie Roberson, Trisha Brady, Allison Sharp Bolorizadeh

1.      Announcements

Powwow at Crutch Park October 17, 2009

2.      Reflection on Let’s Talk About It programs

Hensley talk Oct. 13- Laurie and Jerry attended: it was a good group, but small.  The presentation went well. It was very interesting.

What’s Offensive panel Oct 1st: also a small crowd, but extremely intriguing.  We want to do this again.

AR: what can we do to increase attendance to our events.  We currently post at Tennessee Today, @Tennessee, Beacon, Metro Pulse, WUTK, Knoxville News.  – Maybe more lead time to events. – More posters – White board directing to event

3.      Upcoming Culture Corner  (ideas, suggestions, etc.)

Highlight Nobel Piece Prize winners

Ideas for speakers?

4.      Brainstorm on Spring Let’s Talk About It programs

  • Appalshop speaker: highlight services they perform and opportunities they provide
  • Food and Culture: involve the new Culinary School, Ready for the World. Link with speakers focus on the culture of food.
  • Diversifī: student  talent competition – contact student groups for support – cool prizes – sponsor ideas – Fresh Market, UT Bookstore, Square Room, Catalist, Glowing Body, Knoxville Visitor’s Center, Black Culture Center.
  1. Plan for FEB – check calendars
  2. round up sponsors
  3. publicize
  4. round up food
  5. t shirts (need money?, make our own, donated)

5.      Other

  • Welcome new member Allison Bolorizadeh
  • Schedule Meeting with Dean Dewey


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