Community Diversity Organizations

Below is a list of local organizations within the Knoxville community and surrounding area.  Please not this is not an exhaustive list. The views expressed by any group does not necessarily reflect the views of UT Libraries or the UT Libraries Diversity Committee.

100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville, INC.

P.O. Box 333

Knoxville, TN 37901

“Founded in 1963, the focus of the 100 Black Men organization is to the advancement of African-American youth and community and developing the leaders of tomorrow. Since its inception, the 100 Black Men, through its affiliated chapters, has mentored and directly impacted the lives of more than 120,000 youth.”

Knoxville Area Urban League

1514 East 5th Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37917

(865) 524-5511;

“OUR MISSION is to enable African Americans, other minority groups and the underserved to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.”

Black Faculty and Staff Association

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“The mission of the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA) is to support the academic and professional development of African American faculty, staff, students and other individuals of color. We traditionally use cultural awareness and programs to achieve our mission and to make the larger campus community more aware of African American contributions to the University of Tennessee and society at large.  Membership is open to all UT employees and retirees.”

Beck Cultural Exchange Center

1927 Dandridge Ave.

Knoxville, TN 37915

(865) 524-8461;

“Beck is as an African American teaching and learning museum and cultural center that serves as a State of Tennessee designated primary repository of black history and culture in the city of Knoxville and throughout East Tennessee.” *Updates, but some information is out of date.

“A portal website promoting Chinese culture in Knoxville and East Tennessee”

The Confucius Institute

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

1623 Melrose Avenue, Room 110

Knoxville, TN 37996

(865) 974-5753;

“The Confucius Institute at UT was established with the support of  Hanban in Beijing, China, and Southeast University in Nanjing, China. The institute offers Chinese programs both on and off campus. Our mission is to enhance the learning of Chinese language and culture in our region by offering Chinese language and cultural classes, holding events and activities, and providing services to UT and local community. We work with other Confucius Institutes to bridge Chinese and US cultures through our joint efforts.”

East Tennessee Chinese Association

“The primary goal of ETCA is to encourage academic, professional, and cultural exchanges among members; promote activities related to Chinese arts and culture, and foster the recognition and integration of the Chinese community in East Tennessee. ETCA is also actively involved in various charitable fund raising events, and plays an important role in community diversity and cultural programs.”

Organization of Chinese Americans – East Tennessee Chapter

P.O. Box 22762

Knoxville, TN 37933

“OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national membership driven organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans, touching tens of thousands of individuals each year through its extensive network of over 100 chapters, affiliates, and partners from around the country. In addition, the organization strives to foster development, leadership, and engagement through its various programs.”

Japan – America Society of Tennessee

P.O. Box 330003

Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 663-6060

“Signature outreach programs and support for partner-led initiatives across the state drive JAST’s role to enhance Tennessee’s reputation as a welcoming environment and premier business location for Japanese-owned companies.”

Centro Hispano de East TN

2455 Sutherland Avenue

Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 522-0052;

“Centro Hispano is a welcoming community center, serving as a source of essential information and as a gathering place for the civic participation of Hispanics in our community.  We bring positive change to the community facilitating its integration to East Tennessee.”

Latino Task Force, Knoxville

“The Latino Task Force (LTF) is dedicated to linking Latinos with organizations and businesses for the promotion of strong and unified communities.”

Hola Hora Latina Knoxville, Tennessee

“The mission of HoLa Hora Latina is to promote unity in the community by creating art, cultural and communication bridges between Latinos and the larger community, and by encouraging education, participation and leadership.”

“Su misión es promover la unidad en la comunidad mediante la creación de puentes de arte, cultura y la comunicación entre los latinos y la comunidad en general, y mediante el fomento de la educación, la participación y el liderazgo.”

Listing of Resources for Hispanic/Latino/a Students

Native American Indian Association of Tennessee

230 Spence Lane

Nashville TN 37210

(615) 232-9179;

“NAIA has helped the Indian people in its service area to achieve the following goals: Improve the services in education and decrease illiteracy. Expand job opportunities and promote better employment. Increase knowledge and awareness of Indian culture. Promote Indian unity and organization. Improve services for daycare, housing, health, social services, and nutrition for low-income Indian people.”

Arab American Club of Knoxville

5201 Kingston Pike

Suite 6-312

Knoxville, TN 37919 ;

“The purpose of the Arab American Club of Knoxville is to advance the public interest through charitable, social, and educational activities that promote a better understanding of the Arabic culture and its members.”

Middle Eastern Student Association at UTK *Note no activity since Apr 2015

“The Middle Eastern Student Association at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville (MESA) strives to educate and inform the UTK student body and Knoxville community on Middle Eastern culture, politics, and history.”

International House; Center for International Education

1623 Melrose Avenue

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN 37996

(865) 974-4453

“As the University of Tennessee International House, we aspire to educate and engage all students in order to help them participate as members of a global society.”

Bridge Refugee Services

3839 Buffat Mill Road

Knoxville, TN 37914

(865) 540-1311

4791/A Hal Drive

Chattanooga, TN 37416

(423) 954-4911

“Bridge Refugee Services is an ecumenical 501(c)3 nonprofit agency, operating in Knoxville and Chattanooga, and is committed to providing protection and assistance in refugees’ inspiring journey “from despair to dignity”. We recognize their plight, resilience and willingness to join our community and make it their own.”

Philippine American Association of East Tennessee

3407 Hubbs Crossing Lane,

Knoxville, TN 37938 ; (865) 922-5040

“PAAET was created to promote closer relationships and understanding among Filipino-American families in East Tennessee; and to participate in local activities that will enhance better understanding of Filipino culture and traditions.”

Knoxville Jewish Alliance

6800 Deane Hill Dr. SW

Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 690-6343;

“KJA is a single organization that runs both our local Arnstein Jewish Community Center and our local Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) affiliate.  In a very creative move several years ago, as one of the smallest organized Jewish communities in the USA, we merged our community’s non-religious organizations for efficiency and improved communication. We share funds, office staff, boards of directors, committee leaders and lots of other resources and as a result more effectively serve the needs of our active, committed Jewish community in a coordinated manner.”

Hillel at UTK, Jewish Student Life

Tara Bain

“ The Hillel chapter at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, established more than 50 years ago, encourages the small but committed Big Orange Jewish Population to dedicate themselves to Jewish life, education, and Israel, all in a welcoming and inclusive environment.”

Muslim Community of Knoxville

100 13th Street

Knoxville, TN 37916

(865) 637-8172;

“The Muslim Community of Knoxville promotes the unity of God through service, education, and inspiration.”

Appalachian Dharma and Meditation Center

108 W. 10th Ave., Suite #3

Johnson City, TN 37604

“The vision of the Appalachian Dharma & Meditation Center is to facilitate a community of Buddhist practice that fosters the integration of wisdom and compassion. Our aim, as individuals and as a community, is to cultivate insight into the nature of mind and reality and overcome ego-orientated ways of being. We are a nonsectarian Buddhist center that offers weekly programs in Vipassana, Zen, Tibetan, and Western Buddhism.”

Losel Shedrup Ling; Tibetan Buddhist Center of Knoxville

5415F Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37919

“The purposes for which the corporation is organized are to establish and to maintain in Knoxville, Tennessee area a Tibetan Buddhist church, in affiliation with Losel Shedrup Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center, and under the guidance of monks and teachers of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.”

Mountain Solid, Water Reflecting Sangha

1517 Meeting House Rd

Knoxville, TN

“ The Mountain Solid, Water Reflecting Sangha is a mindfulness meditation group in Knoxville, TN. We have been studying the teachings and practicing in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh since 1998. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live in the present moment instead of in the past and in the future. According to Nhat Hanh, dwelling in the present moment is the only way to truly develop peace both in one’s self and in the world. The group warmly welcomes individuals of all religions, Buddhist traditions, and cultures. We especially encourage those who are new to meditation to attend. While we do not offer formal lessons in meditation, there is an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences, and discover resources during the discussion time.”

Knoxville Hindu Community Center

8580 Hickory Creek Road

Lenoir City, TN 37771


Diocese of Knoxville

805 S.Northshore Drive

Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 584-3307

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