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Diversity Summit 2017 Session Information and Materials

Keynote Speech (8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)

By Dr. Stacy Leeds


First Concurrent Sessions (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

1. Using a Community-Academic Partnership to Confront Racism in Healthcare 

This panel presentation provides summit attendees an innovative, practical, case example of how they can use community-academic partnerships effectively to be collaborators for change. Attendees will learn how sharing resources and expertise transforms students and partners as they advance diversity and inclusion at the University of Tennessee and in our community. For the past four years, the Beck Cultural Exchange Center and the College of Nursing have had a partnership which focuses on understanding racism in the context of African Americans in Knoxville.

2. Marginalized Perspectives at UT – A Panel Discussion

“If you could walk in my shoes for a day…” Have you ever wondered what it is like to be African American student, an international student, a gay student, a member of a Greek organization, or, perhaps a first-generation American student at UT? Join this session to hear from a panel of student voices about their experiences on campus. While they certainly do not speak for all those who share their multiple identities, their perspective can help better inform us of the challenges some communities may experience on Rocky Top.


Second Concurrent Sessions (11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

1. Microaggressions in the Classroom and Workplace 

In this session, we will explore the concept of microaggressions and how they can occur in classroom and workplace environments. We will discuss the definition of microaggressions, identify various types of microaggressions, highlight the impact of microaggressions on individuals, and discuss strategies to cope with them. We will also discuss recommendations for responding to microaggressions when they occur.

2. Community Building Workshop: From Chaos to Community/Healing the Wounds That Divide

This workshop will talk about the process of community building and its impact on communities. The conversation lays the foundation for future community building experiences for faculty, staff and students. Guided by specially trained facilitators, this workshop exposes participants to the principles of Community in an intensely personal way. Participants communicate in a richer and more authentic way than they are likely to have experienced in the past. Community Building Workshops can also be viewed as a type of group contemplative or mindfulness experience. Others simply call it “transformative” and “life-changing.” The overarching purpose of Community Building Knoxville is to encourage people, families and groups to connect and heal in true community, so that they may transcend their differences, thrive, and be at peace.