Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.37
Liaison Preston Jacobsen
Submission Date April 3, 2017
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Preston Jacobsen
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:
Yes

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

The Office of Equity and Diversity fulfills an important compliance function by working with various legal mandates set out by state and federal law and university policies related to civil rights, equal employment, and affirmative action. OED also provides leadership and services that promote the institution’s mission of creating and sustaining a learning environment that is welcoming to all and hostile to none. The OED Serves the main Knoxville campus, Institute of Agriculture, UT Space Institute, UT Athletics, University-wide Administration, and Institute for Public Service to investigate complaints of discrimination; prepare annual compliance reports; monitor and provide training on searches for faculty, administrative and staff positions; provide workshops and training for faculty, staff, and students; and serve as the campus Title VI, Title IX and ADA Coordinators.

The University of Tennessee also has a Council for Diversity and Interculturalism. Appointed by the Chancellor, the council advises the campus administration on creating and sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive campus climate to all groups. Goals for the group include attracting and retaining faculty and staff from under-represented populations; attracting, retaining, and graduating students from historically under-represented populations and international students; and ensuring that undergraduate curricular requirements include significant intercultural perspectives. (http://diversitycouncil.utk.edu/)


Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):
Some

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

The Office of Equity and Diversity offers workshops in the following areas:

Affirmative Action and Equal Employment
Diversity Experience
Search Procedures Training
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Additionally, students participate in various cultural competence activities through orientation and academic courses.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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