1988, 1992, 1996 & 2000 Olympian Joetta Clark Diggs will kick off the University of Tennessee College of Communication & Information’s (CCI) second annual Diversity and Inclusion Week with a keynote address entitled, “Determined to Reach Your Destiny,” in UT’s McClung Museum Auditorium on Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. Clark Diggs is President of Joetta Sports & Beyond, LLC, Executive Director of the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation and a UT alumna with a degree in Public Relations. She is also the daughter of Jetta and Dr. Joe Clark, who was portrayed in the movie “Lean on Me.”
“We are truly honored to have Joetta Clark Diggs as our keynote speaker,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “The drive and determination that allowed Joetta to be a four-time Olympian and one of America’s greatest middle distance runners have carried over into her post-athletic career in sports, marketing, writing, consulting, public speaking and community service. Her inspirational message will provide the perfect start to CCI’s Diversity and Inclusion Week.”
In addition to Clark’s keynote, nine panels throughout the week will bring together experts from the university and community to discuss a variety of diversity and inclusion dimensions including: “Building Spiritual Communities of Acceptance,” “Negotiating Workplace Differences,” “Freedom Riders: The Journey Continues” and “Breaking Boundaries through Music.” A full schedule of events is available on the CCI web site (see http://www.cci.utk.edu/diversityweek) . Panel sessions will be held in either the CCI Auditorium (Room 321) or the Scripps Convergence Lab (Room 402) of the UT Communications Building. The week culminates with a Diversity Festival which includes an all-campus barbecue with diverse musical, dance and dramatic performances from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22 in Circle Park on the UT campus.
“Diversity and Inclusion Week allows CCI’s students, faculty and staff to gain critical diversity skills and knowledge,” said CCI Director of Diversity Alice Wirth. “The lessons learned through dialogue with UT and community experts will help our students gain a better understanding of and appreciation for diversity and inclusion.”
The keynote address and all Diversity and Inclusion Week sessions are free and open to the public.