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Diversity and Inclusion Week

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CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week is targeted at all members of the CCI community with specific focus on our 1,240 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.

Our 2019 theme is “Diversity and Inclusion – Reflect, Retool, Reclaim.” Two keynote speeches, 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.

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week Planning Committee: Alice Bowling Wirth (Chair), Annie Ankamah, Suzie Allard, Beth Cole, Adolfo Felix, Shannon Evans, Mark Geller, Howard Grower, Diane Kelly, Lorna Keathley, Catherine Luther, Sally McMillan, John McNair, Beth Meko, Amanda Pruitt, Karli Sanders, Hillary Tune, Michelle Violanti, Mike Wirth

CCI Diversity Festival Committee: Alice Bowling Wirth (Chair), Annie Ankamah, Max Davenport, Adolfo Felix, Loren Gilbert, Dakota Makres, Joshua Melendez, Jasmine Rogers

The schedule for CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week 2019 is as follows. All sessions were free and open to the public.

2019 CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week

Monday, September 23 – Money

Morning Session

Topic: “Student Finances”

Organizers: Alice Wirth, Beth Cole, Lauren Ziegler, Howard Grower

Moderator: Lauren Ziegler (Ph.D. Student, Anthropology & Admin. Coordinator I, ADPR)

Panelists:

Leslie Godfrey, Financial Advisor, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tim Woods, UT Associate Director of Financial Aid

Mark Geller, Director of Development, CCI

Shiela Hawkins, CCI PhD student

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.


Afternoon Session

Topic: “Structural Inequality”

Organizers: Shannon Evans, Mark Geller, Sally McMillan

Moderators: Shannon Evans (Communication Studies student), Mark Geller (CCI Director of Development), Sally McMillan (Professor & Interim Director, ADPR)

Panelists:

Talisha Adams, UT Assistant Director for Student Success

Frank Cuevas, UT Director of Student Housing

Chuck Jones, Executive Director, Commonwealth Charlotte Inc. and CCI BOV member

Karen Sullivan-Vance, UT Associate Vice Provost for Student Success

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m


CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week Film Screening & Keynote Panel 1

Reception: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Moderator: Diane Kelly (Professor and Director, SIS)

Film Screening: Change the Subject: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

7:00-7:45 p.m. Keynote Panel Discussion with Dartmouth University filmmakers: Melissa Padilla, Oscar

Ruben Cornejo Casares, and Jill Baron

Location: Strong Hall 101


Tuesday, September 24 – Otherisms

Morning Session

Topic: “Othering: Tribalism in a Hashtag”

Organizers: Carolyn Hank, Hillary Tune

Moderators: Carolyn Hank (Assistant Professor, SIS), Hillary Tune (Communication Specialist, SIS)

Panelists:

Brandon Boatwright, CCI PhD Student

Saul Young, Knoxville News Sentinel

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 11:10 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.


Afternoon Session

Topic: “eVOLving and Belonging”

Organizers: Suzie Allard, Annie Ankamah, Beth Cole, Beth Meko

Moderators: Suzie Allard (Professor and Associate Dean of Research, CCI) and Annie Ankamah (Communication Studies student)

Panelists:

Edward Garnes, UT Doctoral Student

Hunter Black, UT Undergraduate Student

Jonathan Chaffen, Communication Studies Student

Tenea Lowery, Assistant Director, Sorority & Fraternity Life

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 2:10-3:25 p.m.


Evening Session

Topic: Open Forum on “Immigration and the American Dream”

Organizers: CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society

Moderators: Annie Ankamah, Natheleen Wanjiru

Panelists:

Soriya Cooper, UTK Student

Brenda Guerrero, UTK Student

Abdalla Husain, UTK Student

Midben Nyawello, UTK Student

Zhang Xu, UTK Doctoral Student

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

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


Wednesday, September 25 – Access and Consequences

Morning Session

Topic: “Roadblocks to Reproductive Care”

Organizers: John McNair (CCI Director of Technology), Hillary Tune (Communication Specialist, SIS)

Moderator: Emily Paskewitz (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies)

Panelists:

Erica Lyon, Board President, A Step Ahead East Tennessee

Anita Blatnik, Nurse Practitioner, UTK Women’s Clinic

Gwendolyn Frymier (UT student, co-chair of SEAT)

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 10:05-11:05 a.m.


Afternoon Session

Topic: “Public Safety”

Organizers: Karli Sanders, Alice Wirth

Moderators: Karli Sanders (Marketing & Communication Specialist, CCI), Alice Wirth (CCI Lecturer & Director, DSLS)

Panelist:

Michael Williams, UTK Police Officer

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 1:20-2:20 p.m.


CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week Keynote Panel 2

Moderator: Courtney Childers (Associate Professor, ADPR)

Speakers: Amrita Bhatia, Vice President and Strategy Director, Leo Burnett

Melissa Healy, Senior Vice President and Group Creative Director, Leo Burnett

Topic: “How Diversity and Inclusion Are Changing the Workplace”

Sponsored by: The ANA Educational Foundation

Location: Strong Hall 101

Reception: 5:15-5:45 p.m.

Keynote Panel: 5:45-6:45 p.m.


Thursday, September 26 – How Far Forward?/How Far Back?

Morning Session

Topic: “Inclusive and Divisive Messaging” (Session 1)

Organizers: Alice Wirth, Catherine Luther, Lorna Keathley, Michelle Violanti

Moderator: Julian Wright (UT Undergraduate Admissions Counselor)

Synthesizer: Michelle Violanti (Associate Professor, Communication Studies)

UT Student Actors:

Jonathan Chaffen, Destiny Derry, Anthony Gourgy, Ashleigh Stevens, Gracie Strange

This will be a highly interactive session featuring dramatizations focused on topics/scenarios related to inclusive and divisive messaging followed by open discussions about the topics/scenarios presented.

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 9:40-10:55 a.m.


Afternoon Session

Topic: “Inclusive and Divisive Messaging” (Session 2)

Organizers: Alice Wirth, Catherine Luther, Lorna Keathley, Michelle Violanti

Moderator: Julian Wright (UT Undergraduate Admissions Counselor)

Synthesizer: Jenny Crowley (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies)

UT Student Actors:

Raven Bailey, Hunter Black, Anthony Gourgy, Ashleigh Stevens, Gracie Strange

This will be a highly interactive session featuring dramatizations focused on topics/scenarios related to inclusive and divisive messaging followed by open discussions about the topics/scenarios presented.

Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)

Time: 12:40-1:55 p.m.


Evening 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, National Association of Black Journalists, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Society of Professional Journalists.

Organizer: Alice Wirth

Location: Communications Building Lobby and Patio

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