One of the principal missions of The University of Tennessee is to provide quality educational opportunities for the people of this state. One measure of the quality of an educational experience is the extent to which it enables the recipient to compete and be productive in society and contribute to the quality of life.
The University of Tennessee is committed to equal employment opportunity and to taking affirmative action to ensure that job applicants and employees are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner.
The Equity and Diversity statewide strategic plan is based on what we have learned through our experience on individual campuses and institutes, as well as what we have learned from the University's employee engagement survey. A statewide strategic plan for Equity and Diversity will allow us to set strategies across the state. Individual campuses/ institutes will have their own plans for equity and diversity, which may include efforts on the statewide plan, as well as focused initiatives for their specific entity.
The purpose of the statewide plan is to provide a clear picture of UT's workforce profile and work climate and to compare the results against future needs—ultimately providing recommendations and strategies that promote diversity and inclusion.
Equity and Diversity's priorities are clustered in four categories: 1) planning and resources; 2) communication and collaboration; 3) building capacity for diversity progress and 4) service and relationships.
The University of Tennessee is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with a diverse environment in which to learn and work. The UT System Office of Equity and Diversity develops statewide policies and programs that promote diversity in student recruitment and retention, faculty and staff recruitment and retention, academic experiences and community outreach.
Equity and diversity offices exist at each campus and institute to ensure unit-specific needs and compliance. The Diversity Advisory Council, comprised of students, faculty and staff from across the state, works to present strategies to the president for how the University can become more effective and efficient in advancing diversity.
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