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2020 CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week

Roy Wood Jr. is a keynote speaker at the 2020 CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week

The 11th annual CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week is targeted at all members of the CCI community with specific focus on our 1,280 undergraduate majors. The four-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.

Our 2020 theme is “Communicating Why Black Lives Matter.” Two keynote events, nine 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 in these times.

The schedule for CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week 2020 is as follows. All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week 2020: Communicating Why Black Lives Matter

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Session 1: Contextualizing the History of the Black Lives Matter Movement 

Time: 9:50-11:05 a.m.

Panelist: Rachel Grant, Assistant. Professor, University of Florida

Moderator: Amber Roessner, JEM Associate Professor, CCI

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 1

Session 2: Covering Black Lives Matter: How Local News Organizations Are Responding

Time: 1:10-2:25 p.m.

Panelists: Akili Ramsess, Executive Director, National Press Photographers Association; LeBron Hill, Opinion & Engagement Reporter, The Tennessean; Joel Christopher, Executive Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel; Jordan Brown, Reporter, WATE-TV

Moderator: Sharrie Williams, Co-Anchor Action News at 5 and 10, PHL 17, Philadelphia, PA

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 2

Keynote Speaker: A Conversation with The Daily Show Correspondent and Comedian Roy Wood Jr.

Time: 4:30-5:15 p.m.

Moderators: Justin Crawford, Correspondent/Producer, BOLD TV/Lifestyle Group, NBCUniversal; Natalie Ward, Communication Specialist, College of Social Work

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Keynote with Roy Wood Jr.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Session 3: Media and Digital Activism

Time: 10:25-11:25 a.m.

Panelists: Allyson Ganster, Teacher, Houston Independent School District; Ed Garnes, Doctoral Student, UT Counseling Psychology Program; Devendra Potnis, SIS Associate Professor, CCI; Jasmine Roberts, Lecturer, School of Communication, The Ohio State University

Moderator: Sally McMillan, ADPR Professor, CCI

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 3

Keynote Panel: A Tribute to Congressman John Lewis

Time: 12:55-1:55 p.m.

Panelists: Reverend Dr. Harold Middlebrook, Civil Rights Pioneer & founding and retired pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of ChristPhyllis Nichols, President & CEO, Knoxville Area Urban League; Theotis Robinson, Civil Rights Pioneer & Retired Vice President of Equity Diversity, University of Tennessee

Moderator: Phyllis Nichols, President & CEO, Knoxville Area Urban League

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Keynote Panel

Session 4: Women as Change Agents

Time: 2:10-3:10 p.m.

Panelists: Monica Arias Miranda, President and CEO, Hispanic Coalition NY; Carlotta Wall LaNier, Civil Rights Pioneer and Advocate (member of Little Rock Nine); Madeline Rogero, Former Mayor, City of Knoxville

Moderator: Courtney Boykin, Research Fellow, University of Memphis, Institute for Health Law & Policy

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 4

Session 5: DSLS Session: Citizen Safety in Perilous Times

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Panelists: Lynn Clemons, Emerald Youth Foundation/Former KPD Officer; Sergeant Lindsey Miller Gardner, UTPD; Karmen Jones, UTK Student Government Association President; Valorie Vojdik, Waller Lansden Distinguished Professor, UTK College of Law; Maurice Stegall, Black Lives Matter Protest Organizer

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 5

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Session 6: Algorithms and Bias: How Our Behaviors Make Our Media Options Less Diverse

Time: 11:30-12:45 p.m.

Panelists: Marc Loffredo, Chief Analytics Office, The Tombras Group; Devendra Potnis, SIS Associate Professor, CCI; Natalie Ward, Communication Specialist, College of Social Work

Moderator: Sally McMillan, ADPR Professor, CCI

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 6

Session 7: Reporting on Protests Ethically and Fairly: From the Classroom to the Newsroom

Time: 2:50-4:05 p.m.

Panelists: Mike Martinez, JEM Lecturer, CCI; Bonnie Winston, Managing Editor, Richmond Free Press; Danielle Kilgo, John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota

Moderator: Kesha Williams, Freelance Photojournalist

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 7

CCI Diversity Festival

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – CCI Diversity Festival

Friday, October 2, 2020

Session 8: Social Drama Dialogues

Time: 9:10-10:10 a.m.

Facilitator: Julian Wright, Admissions Counselor, UTK

Synthesizer: Michelle Violanti, CS Associate Professor, CCI

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 8

Session 9: Communication Voice: Neighborhood/Community Based Policing 

Time: 11:40 am-12:40 p.m.

Panelists: Lynn Clemons, Emerald Youth Foundation/Former KPD Officer; Greg Hamilton, Retired Travis County Sheriff, Austin, Texas; LaKenya Middlebrook, Executive Director, PARC; Sean Patterson, Assistant Chief, UTPD

Moderator: Troy Lane, UT Chief of Police

Coming Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 9