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Framework for Inclusive Excellence

Framework for Inclusive Excellence Venn diagram.Access and Compliance

  • Ensuring the campus community meets the requirements of various state and federal legal mandates, as well as university policies related to civil rights, equal employment, and affirmative action
  • Supporting committees that provide services to diverse populations in the campus community
  • Providing training and guidance on searches for faculty, administrative, and staff positions in the Knoxville area units.
  • Providing equal opportunity and access in employment and education for persons with disabilities.
  • Investigating complaints of discrimination filed on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or covered veteran status

Assessment and Accountability

  • Providing guidance on how to gather, analyze, and utilize data to improve campus climate
  • Developing and enacting goals and objectives for the Division of Diversity and Engagement in alignment with institutional goals
  • Communicating to the campus community progress made by the institution in diversity, engagement, and inclusion
  • Supporting commissions, councils, and committees that work to enhance inclusive excellence on campus

Engagement and Outreach

  • Assisting the campus community in building and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Providing resources to UT and community organizations to solve complex issues to improve overall quality of life
  • Advocating for collaborative practices and interactions that optimize the positive visibility of the university and the communities it supports


  • Developing comprehensive and inclusive education and training programs across the university that are responsive to and appropriate for the diverse constituents on campus, including students, faculty, staff, and administration
  • Providing resources to members of the campus community to assess and enhance cultural competency
  • Creating and collaborating with the Division of Diversity and Engagement Student Advisory Board to cultivate and sustain an inclusive and equitable experience for all Vols