Submitted by Donna Silvey on July 29, 2011 – 11:05am
YWCA Knoxville has named Alice Wirth, UTK School of Communication Studies (CS) lecturer and director of diversity and inclusion for the College of Communication and Information (CCI), as an Equality Category Award finalist for its 2011 Tribute to Women. Wirth is one of six finalists in the YWCA’s Equality category. Finalists were selected for making significant strides toward creating equality through activities associated with diversity, gender, peace, or justice. Two Equality finalists will be announced as this year’s honorees at YWCA Knoxville’s Tribute to Women Event on August 18 at the Bijou Theatre.
In addition to teaching a class entitled “Communicating Diversity” for the School of Communication Studies,” Wirth has been involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities within CCI including: serving as the college’s director of diversity and inclusion, founding and directing CCI’s Diversity Student Leaders Society, serving as chair of CCI’s Diversity and Inclusion Week and serving on the Board of Directors of the UTK School of Information Sciences’ Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature. Other community volunteer work includes serving as President of Knoxville Christian Women’s Connection and as a former member of the Board of Directors of Knoxville Friends of Literacy.
“Alice has had a very positive impact on the college’s climate,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “Her passion and dedication, coupled with the innovative programs she has developed and implemented, have helped our students gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion.”
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A list of all 2011 YWCA Knoxville Tribute to Women Finalists (across all three categories being honored: Equality, Empowerment and Transformation) can be found at http://www.ywcaknox.com/images/files/photo%20Biographies.pdf. CCI congratulates Alice Wirth on her selection as a finalist for this prestigious award and thanks her for her tireless efforts on behalf of the college.