Current Committee Members

Current Diversity Committee Members (2020-2021)

Thura Mack (Chair) – Professor and Coordinator of Community Learning Services, Hodges Library

First gen graduate. Member of the Diversity Committee since 2002. Fighting for diversity and inclusion in all realms of our lives creates more accepting and powerful spaces for everyone to thrive. Fun fact: I do yoga in the mornings before work! Macebearer 2021-2022.

Kim Blaylock – Sr. Library Associate III, Hodges Library

First Gen grad.  Cataloger.  Diversity Committee member since 2018 because I believe that all of our differences matter, and are indeed necessary for collective growth.

Michelle Brannen – Assistant Professor and Media Literacy Librarian, Hodges Library

*Ernest Brothers – Associate Dean, Graduate School

Shaina Destine – Humanities Librarian, Learning Research & Engagement, Hodges Library

Melanie Dixson

Peter Fernandez – Head LRE Liaison Programs, Learning Research & Engagement, Hodges Library

Sarah Funk – Front End Developer, Digital Initiatives, Hodges Library

Kelly Gray – Originally from Louisville, TN, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2001 with a BA in Graphic Design. After a few years working as a graphic designer, she accepted a job with the University of Tennessee Press as a book designer, and fell in love with book design. A family move took her to the University of Illinois Press for 7 years, before “coming home” and back as the main book designer for UT Press in 2015. A member of various American Indian organizations in college, she is a staunch advocate for social justice and equality for all. She currently lives in Nashville with her husband, two sons, two pups, and a one-eyed cat.

Fun fact: she love to renovate old houses and once appeared on DIY to the Rescue for a house renovation in Holston Hills.

Elizabeth Greene – Manager, Administration Office and Human Resources

Elizabeth has been a member since 2016 and participated in the 10th National Conference of African American Librarians with other committee members.  This took me out of my comfort zone in many areas including making a presentation in front of people I don’t know. Fun Fact: I’ve been to French Polynesia twice.

Sara Green – Senior Library Associate II, Acquisitions and Continuing Resources, Hodges Library

I was born in SW Virginia and moved to Tennessee when I  married my first husband who was from here. I have 2 adult children, 4 adult grandchildren and 5 preschool great grandchildren. I come from a diverse family where I have blood relatives who are part Apache, Vietnamese, Black and Hispanic as well as white, so have always felt the need to stand up for issues of fairness for all of them.

Trey Hobson – Library Supervisor II, Hodges Library

*Lorna Hollowell

Cathy Jenkins – Communication Coordinator II, Marketing & Communication, Hodges Library

Megan Venable – Manager of Events and Donor Stewardship Assistant, UT Libraries

I’ve been part of the Diversity Committee since joining the Libraries in 2012. My favorite activity was helping support a membership drive cookie bakeoff.

*This individual serves as an ex-officio member.

Virtual Culture Corner

The 2020-2021 Virtual Culture Corner offers resources and materials that explore Native American cultures and traditions.

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