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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is committed to creating a vibrant multicultural, multi-ethnic community where diverse students, faculty, and staff are recruited and retained and where diversity scholarship is valued.

UT seeks to develop graduates who can effectively work across differences and who are prepared to live and work in a global society. We have initiated several university-wide programs to raise awareness of and support for diversity, such as the annual Collaborators for Change diversity summit, the African American Trailblazer speaking series, and the Women in STEM Symposium.

Collaborators for Change Diversity Summit

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The schedule, session descriptions, and registration is now available.

Overview · Schedule · Sessions · Registration


Frieson Black Cultural Center

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Board approves Black Cultural Center name change

The student programming and support building located on Melrose Avenue is now named the Frieson Black Cultural Center. Ron and Don Frieson (pronounced fry-son) are African American identical twins from Memphis who attended UT in the late 1970s. The renaming recognizes the Frieson’s $1 million gift to the facility, and their leadership and commitment to diversity.

Learn more about the Frieson Black Cultural Center.


Student Spotlight

Alina Clay

Alina Clay: Advocate not Activist

“I absolutely do not identify as an activist,” says Alina Clay. Alina takes her advocacy seriously by way of her interdisciplinary honors program and her position as co-director for the Student Government Association’s Diversity Affairs Committee.

More about Alina


Inclusive Practice

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School of Music and Ethnomusicology

Ethnomusicology thinks about music on a broad scale. Ethnomusicology studies, as well as documents, the musics of diverse cultures in their cultural context. The School of Music hosted the Society for Ethnomusicology’s annual Southeast and Caribbean chapter conference in March.

More about the Peaks and Valleys Ethnomusicology Conference


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