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About NCBI

The National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) is a proven leadership development program with the goal of reducing or eliminating bias, discrimination, controversy, and interpersonal conflict on college and university campuses.

NCBI at the National Level

Over the past 33 years, NCBI has developed into an international network of associates who are trained in our highly effective NCBI principles and practices and who work cooperatively to institutionalize diversity and inclusion programs. 

Since 1984, NCBI has conducted effective diversity programs on hundreds of college campuses. Currently there are active campus affiliates at dozens of colleges and universities in the United States. After a rigorous, independent evaluation of many college diversity programs, the U.S. Department of Education recognized NCBI’s campus work as a “promising practice,” a designation of excellence given to only a handful of programs in the United States.

An NCBI campus affiliate consists of a representative cross-section of students, faculty, and administrators trained by NCBI to provide diversity and inclusion programs across campus. The presence of an affiliate represents an institutional commitment to use NCBI programs across campuses, in residential life, in student orientation, and with faculty throughout the year. 

The NCBI-trained affiliate offers year-round leadership workshops that create a more inclusive campus environment. Participants in the team-led workshops acquire practical skills for shifting prejudicial attitudes and also learn how to become more effective allies for one another. The team can intervene when tough conflicts arise—either between campus groups or between the campus and the surrounding community.

NCBI sponsors an annual conference for trained campus leaders around the United States to share information, learn new skills and strategies, and receive inspiration for their NCBI work on campus. 

NCBI at UT Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, became a campus affiliate in February 2020. The UT NCBI team is made up of a dedicated group of individuals who commit to making a difference in our community. This group of volunteers facilitate the Welcoming Diversity and Controversial Issues Workshops that are free and available to all students, faculty and staff upon request.

Our team is made possible through the hard work and dedication of the Office of Multicultural Student Life, Division of Student Life, and the Office of the Chancellor.