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Commission for Black Communities

About Us

The Commission for Black Communities (CFB) is a body appointed by the Chancellor to advise on planning, implementation, and evaluation of university programs, policies, and services as they relate to Black students, faculty, and staff. The Commission for Blacks recommends changes in or additions to university policies and procedures to reflect concerns specific to blacks. The group also makes suggestions for new and existing academic and extracurricular programs related to blacks; encourages research to identify the problems and progress of blacks on campus; and encourages black faculty, staff and student involvement in all aspects of campus life.

Co-Chair: Marcia Lane, Administrative Specialist II, Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

Co-Chair: Donovan Johnson, Assistant Director, UT Success Academy

If you are not a member of CFB and are interested in attending a meeting as a guest or submitting an agenda item, please contact Sarah Browning, Coordinator of the Commissions and Council, at

The Commission for Blacks meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 12:00-1:30 p.m. (EST). The in-person meetings typically take place at the Frieson Black Cultural Center inside the multipurpose room.

Our 2022-2023 Grand Challenge: Identify strategies to support the retention of black faculty and staff, and better connect Black UT employees to the campus and greater Knoxville community.

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