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Fall 2020 – Spring 2021

Date Event
June 1, 2020 James MacLeod, chair of UT’s Board of Trustees, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Stephanie Russell Krebs, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost David Stern and President Vaughn sent a community message expressing outrage at the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbury, Nina Pop and others and reaffirmed the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and to combatting racism in all its forms. Read full message from June 1.
Aug. 27 President Vaughn appoints Provost Stern and Dean Krebs Co-chief Diversity Officers.
Sept. 1 Call for nominations for the Diversity Working Group, renamed Values to Action: UT’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is sent out to the university community. Read full message from Sept. 1.
Value's to Action: UT's Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion webpage is published.
Sept. 11 Nomination Process closes
Sept. 18 Lonnie Bryant and Sabrina Griffith appointed to lead the task force with Stern and Russell Krebs
Sept. 23 Core Task Force, committee chairs and subcommittees announced to the campus
Read full message from Sept. 23.
Sept. 25 Core Task Force meeting Review Charge
Oct. 2 Subcommittee and Core Task Force meeting Create group expectations and identify deliverables
Oct. 9 Subcommittee meetings Begin information review and data gathering
Oct. 16 Core Task Force meeting Subcommittee updates
Oct. 23 Subcommittee meetings Continue information review and data gathering
Oct. 30 Core Task Force meeting Preliminary presentation on benchmark institutions
Nov. 4 Faculty and staff campus climate survey in partnership with the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee distributed via global email
Nov. 6 Subcommittee meetings Continued work on preliminary reports
Nov. 9 -20 Listening sessions held for students, faculty, staff and alumni
Nov. 13 Core Task Force Meeting Subcommittee preliminary work updates
Nov. 20 Core Task Force and subcommittee meeting Subcommittees’ preliminary presentations on their work and opportunity for feedback from all subcommittee members
Nov. 27 Student climate survey distributed via global email
Dec. 4 Leadership Team Meeting Subcommittee chair consultations with leadership team
Dec. 11 Core Task Force Meeting Preliminary subcommittee work submitted
Dec.18 Leadership Team Meeting Discussion of spring timeline
Jan. 7, 2021 University statement reaffirming University values
Read full message from Jan. 7.
Jan. 13 Final subcommittee work provided to the Task Force leadership
Spring Semester Beginning Jan. 22, 2021, weekly meetings of the Task Force will resume. Throughout the spring the Task Force will review the subcommittee work and will develop key findings and recommendations.
Jan. 22 Core Task Force Meeting, Campus Climate Survey discussion on theme identification
Jan. 29 Core Task Force Meeting, DEI student themes
Feb. 5 Core Task Force Meeting, DEI faculty themes
Feb. 12 Core Task Force Meeting, DEI staff themes
Feb. 20 Core Task Force Meeting, Overarching themes across populations
Feb. 26 Core Task Force Meeting, Continued overarching themes
March 12 Core Task Force Meeting, DEI recommendations
April 2 Core Task Force Meeting, Preliminary final report review
April 8—9 Core Task Force DEI, Filming Project