CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week 2014

Diversity & Inclusion Week: Mapping Your Journey

September 22 - 25, 2014

 The schedule for CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week is as follows. All sessions are free and open to the public and will be streamed online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/utk-cci-2014-diversity-week.*

Monday, September 22 – Personal Issues

Morning Session

Topic: “Diversity: Visible vs. Invisible”

Moderators: 

  • Alice Bowling Wirth, CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week Chair & Director, CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society (DSLS)
  • Kristen England, UTK Undergraduate

Panelists:

  • Malak Al Duraidi, UTK Undergraduate (DSLS)
  • Tucker Hyde, UTK Undergraduate
  • Annazette Houston, Director, UTK Office of Disability Services
  • Alan Muir, Executive Director, Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD)

Location: Patrick Auditorium (Com 321)

Time: 10:10 – 11:10 a.m.

Afternoon Session

Topic: “Diversity and Religion”

Moderator: Dr. Mike Wirth, UTK CCI Dean

Panelists:

  • Chris Buice, Senior Minister, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Jeremy McGinnis, Assistant Pastor, Park West Church
  • Nadeem Siddiqi, Member, Muslim Community of Knoxville’s Dawah
  • Marilyn Wohl, Member, Temple Beth El

Location: Patrick Auditorium (Com 321)

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, September 23 – Social Issues

Morning Session:

Topic: “Sports and Stereotypes”

Moderator: Dr. Erin Whiteside, UTK Assistant Professor of Journalism and Electronic Media

Panelists:

  • Cierra Burdick, UTK Undergraduate
  • Jimmy Hyams, Sports Director, Cumulus Broadcasting  
  • Phil Kaplan, Sports Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Donna Thomas, UTK Senior Associate Athletics Director

Location: Patrick Auditorium (Com 321)

Time: 11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Afternoon Session:

Topic: “Media Stereotypes: Women”

Moderator: Margie Nichols, UTK Vice Chancellor for Communications

Panelists:

  • Carly Harrington, Business Reporter, Knoxville News Sentinel
  • Dr. Tonja Johnson, UT System Vice President, Communications and Marketing
  • Dr. Jodi Rightler-McDaniels, Director of General Studies, South College

Location: Scripps Lab (Com. 402)

Time: 2:10 – 3:25 p.m.

Evening Session

Topic: “Open Forum on Diversity and Dating/Marriage”

Moderators:

  • Kathleen Duff, UTK Undergraduate (DSLS)
  • Brittany Singh, UTK Undergraduate (DSLS)

Panelists:

  • Gabrielle Le Flore, UTK Undergraduate
  • Bethany Miniard, UTK Undergraduate
  • Evelyn Morales, UTK Undergraduate
  • Dr. Jodi Rightler-McDaniels, Director of General Studies, South College
  • Will McDaniels, Administrative Support Assistant, College of Communication and Information

An open discussion focused on diversity and dating/marriage will be held. Join us to share your thoughts and opinions and to learn what your peers think about this topic!

Location: Scripps Lab (Com. 402)

Time: 5:05-6:20 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 24 – Institutional Issues

Morning Session:

Topic: “Diversity and Health: Economics, Access & Technology”

Moderator: Dr. Kimberly Douglass, UTK Assistant Professor of Information Sciences

Panelists:

  • Dr. Nan Gaylord, UTK Associate Professor, College of Nursing
  • Danae Miley, BSCH, ACST, LMT, RCR, Member, Board of Directors, Open Hands Musculotherapy, LLC
  • Dr. Ben Smith, Owner, Heartland Apothecary

Location: Patrick Auditorium (Com 321)

Time: 8:55-9:55 a.m.

Afternoon Session:

Topic: “Diversity and the Workplace: Perspectives from Recent Graduates”

Moderators:

  • Dr. Lisa Fall, UTK Associate Professor of Advertising and Public Relations
  • Dr. John Haas, Interim Director, UTK School of Advertising and Public Relations and Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Panelists:

  • Kelly Absher, Owner/Operator, Marketing and Events
  • Katy Llewellyn, Account Executive – WATE-TV
  • Diane Nash, Digital Database Analyst, Scripps Networks Interactive
  • Ellis Turner, Retail Leadership Development Program, Verizon

Location: Patrick Auditorium (Com 321)

Time: 12:20 – 1:20 p.m.

 

Diversity & Inclusion Week Keynote: “Diversity and Inclusion: Mapping Your Journey”

Keynote Speaker: Jose Aponte, Executive Director, San Diego County Library

Location: McClung Museum Auditorium

Reception Time: 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – McClung Museum Lobby

Keynote Time: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

 

Thursday, September 25 – Public Policy Issues

Morning Session:

Topic: “Understanding Sexuality: Civil Rights Issues”

Moderator: Dr. Bharat Mehra, Associate Professor of Information Sciences

Panelists:

  • Donna Braquet, Associate Professor, UTK Libraries & Director, UTK OUTreach Center
  • Ben Byers, President, East Tennessee Equality Council and Knoxville PrideFest
  • Gary Elgin, YouTube Talk Show Producer and Host & Knoxville LGBTQ Activist
  • Joan Heminway, W.P. Toms Distinguished Professor, UTK College of Law
  • Karyn Storts-Brinks, Fulton High School (FHS) Librarian & Faculty Sponsor of FHS’s Gay-Straight Alliance

Location: Scripps Lab (Com 402)

Time: 11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.

Afternoon Session:

Topic: Diversity and Education: Public Policy Issues

Moderator: To Be Announced

Panelists:

  • Ken Green, Chief District Support Officer, Tennessee Department of Education
  • Dr. Dorian McCoy, UTK Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Gloria Deathridge, Member, Knox County School Board

Location: HSS 123

Time: 2:10 – 3:25 p.m.

Evening Festival

CCI Diversity Festival (an all-campus barbecue with diverse music, dance, games for all ages, a photo booth and cultural performances; all CCI student organizations will be participating including: Ad Club, Communication Studies Club, Diversity Student Leaders Society, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Society of Professional Journalists)

Location: Circle Park

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

*“CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week: Mapping Your Journey” is targeted at all members of the CCI community with specific focus on our 1,200 undergraduate majors. The 4-day event offers participants an opportunity to gain diversity skills and knowledge along with a chance to dialogue about diversity and inclusion issues and to share best practices by bringing together leaders and experts from inside and outside the college and university. This year’s Diversity and Inclusion Week theme is “Mapping Your Journey” along with daily sub-themes consisting of “Personal Issues,” “Social Issues,” “Institutional Issues,” and “Public Policy Issues.”  A keynote speech, an open forum, eight panels and a diversity festival will provide our students, faculty, staff and the UT Knoxville community with an inspirational and informative week designed to advance their understanding of and appreciation for diversity and inclusion.