Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity

Collaborators for Change: Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion


This inaugural diversity council and commission summit will bring together diversity advocates across campus to explore and share best practices for forming and sustaining a diversity council within your unit.

This summit is intended for current members of University of Tennessee diversity councils and commissions, as well as persons in the process of forming a diversity council or commission.

Keynote speaker Dr. Jason Laker has experience teaching and talking about gender, diversity, social identity development, inclusion, and positive change.

The summit is scheduled for Friday, September 12, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Student Health Center and the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. Breakfast and lunch are included with registration.

Please circulate our flyer to interested individuals. We will update this page with the latest information as it is available.

Seating is limited. Registration is available on a first come, first serve basis.





8:00 – 8:30: Breakfast

  • Student Health Center: 2nd floor, Conference Room A/B

8:30am – 9:30am: Keynote Session with Dr. Jason Laker

  • Student Health Center: 2nd floor, Conference Room A/B

9:45am – 10:45am: First concurrent sessions

  • Best Practices sharing from keynote speaker Dr. Jason Laker
    • Student Health Building: Conference Room A/B
  • Best Practices sharing from Vice Chancellor for Diversity Rickey Hall and Dr. Kenli Urruty
    • Facilitated by Vice Chancellor Hall and Dr. Urruty, this session will apply the Institutional Cycle of Sameness to the UT Student Counseling Center Diversity Committee’s journey. Best practices for breaking the cycle and maintaining a thriving committee will then be discussed. Major topic areas will include composition of committees, benchmarking, communication, and sustainability.
    • Student Health Building: Room 204

11:00am – noon: Second concurrent sessions

  • Meet with your own Diversity Council
    • Practical application and goal setting for diversity councils/committees.
    • Music Center: Room 110
  • Nuts and Bolts of Starting Your Own Diversity Council
    • Facilitated by Lili’a Uili Neville, co-chair for the Commission for Blacks, and Tyvi Small, Director of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in the College of Business Administration. Lili’a and Tyvi have nearly a combined 10 years serving on diversity committees at UT and will present best practices for those wanting to form and lead a diversity council. Session attendees will engage in an interactive session to personalize the best practices discussion.
    • Music Center: Room 40

Noon – 1:00pm: Closing remarks and lunch

  • Music Center: Room 12

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