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, CCIComing 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, PAComing 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 WorkComing 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, CCIComing 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 Christ; Phyllis 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 LeagueComing 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 & PolicyComing 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 OrganizerComing 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, CCIComing 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 PhotojournalistComing 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, CCIComing 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 PoliceComing Soon: Zoom Recording – Session 9