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Diversity Committee

Diversity Schedule of Events

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

Upcoming Activities and Events for 2017 – 2018

The UT Libraries Diversity Committee is hosting a series of facilitated lunchtime discussions on how to comfortably dialogue about diversity and inclusion. The discussions are open to all. 

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Lunch and Learn: Having Difficult Conversations on Oppression vs. Privilege
Tuesday, September 26 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Mary Greer Room @ Hodges Library (2nd floor)
Conversation facilitated by Michelle Christian and Jioni Lewis

Michelle Christian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Tennessee. She has been at the University of Tennessee since fall 2013. She teaches and conducts research on race, racism and global inequalities. Most recently, she co-created the curriculum for the Department of Sociology’s new concentration are in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies.

Dr. Jioni A. Lewis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research is focused on the influence of subtle forms of racism and sexism on the mental and physical health of women of color. Dr. Lewis teaches courses on topics including: African American psychology, multicultural psychology, and social justice theory and practice. Dr. Lewis’s university service includes serving on the Chancellor’s Council on Diversity and Interculturalism and the Commission for Blacks. Dr. Lewis and Dr. Christian co-founded the Critical Race Collective in Fall 2013, which is an interdisciplinary research group focused on critical race studies in research, teaching, and service to the university.

Lunch and Learn: Having Difficult Conversations on Stress Management
Thursday, October 26 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Mary Greer Room @ Hodges Library (2nd floor)
Conversation facilitated by Bilqis Amatus-Salaam and Clay Culp

Bilqis Amatus-Salaam is the Wellness Coordinator for General Wellness Promotion at the Center for Health Education and Wellness. She completed her Master in Public Health in 2015 with a focus on sexual health and college student health. In her role at UT she focuses on cold and flu prevention, stress reduction, sleep promotion, nutrition, and sexual health.

Clay Culp is a clinical social worker and therapist at the Student Counseling Center. He earned his master’s in social work at UT and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Social Work degree at UT. His doctoral research is about suicide prevention.


International Festival
Friday, September 29 10:00am – 2:00pm
Pedestrian Walkway

The Libraries Diversity Committee will be participating with a booth at the UT International Festival organized by the International House. Join us on the pedestrian walkway to celebrate international cultures with food, music, dance, art, and other activities. Stop by the Libraries booth to learn about where our international students are from and where our students travel to and sample candy from these cultures.


Day of the Dead

Wednesday, November 1
Hodges Library Galleria (1st floor)

Join the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and the Libraries Diversity committee to explore altars to honor the dead created by UT students and vote for your favorite.


Culture Corner
Fall 2017 theme “Just Breathe: Managing Student Stress”

Located on the first floor of Hodges Library in the galleria, the goal of the Culture Corner is to explore issues of race, language, and global politics using the library’s research collections. Each semester, the Culture Corner showcases a different topic.

Past Events: 2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013

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