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CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week 2017

diversity logoUniversity of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Communication and Information
Diversity & Inclusion Week
September 25 – 28, 2017


CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week is targeted at all members of the CCI community with specific focus on our 1,200 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. This year’s theme is “Diversity and Inclusion: R-E-S-P-E-C-T”. A keynote speech, 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.

The draft schedule for CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week is as follows. All sessions are free and open to the public and will be streamed online.


Monday, September 25 

Morning Session

Topic: “Mental Health and Media Effects”
Organizers: Tala Shatara and Catherine Luther
Panelist: Eric Fisher, CNN Contributor
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

Afternoon Session

Topic: “Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin” 
Organizers: Alice Wirth and Lisa Oliver
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 2:25-3:25 p.m. 

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week Keynote 1

Keynote Speaker: UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport
Location: Patrick Auditorium, 321 Communications Building
Keynote Reception: 4:30 p.m.
Keynote Talk: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 26

Morning Session

Topic: “Social Media and Trolling”
Organizers: Justin Crawford, Alice Wirth and Mark Geller
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 9:40-10:55 a.m.

Afternoon Session

Topic: “Immigration and Respect for the America Dream”
Organizers: Chelsea Trott, Leslie Poynter, Maureen Taylor, Lauren Ziegler and Moonhee Cho
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 2:10-3:25 p.m.

Evening Session 

Topic: “CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society Open Forum on Diversity and Inclusion”
Organizers: CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 5:05-6:20 p.m.


Wednesday, September 27

Morning Session

Topic: “Respect for Religion”
Organizer: Bharat Mehra
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 10:05-11:05 a.m.

Afternoon Session

Topic: “Free Speech and Politics”
Organizers: Mike Martinez and Maria Fontenot
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.

CCI Diversity and Inclusion Week Keynote 2

Keynote Speaker: Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero
Location: Patrick Auditorium, Com 321
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 28

Morning Session

Topic: “Disagreeing in a Civil Fashion”
Organizers: Jake Albright, Leslie Poynter and Cindy Welch 
Panelists: TBA
Location: Scripps Convergence Lab (Com 402)
Time: 8:00 – 9:25 a.m.

Afternoon Session

Topic: “Bridging Hidden Divides”
Organizer: Julian Wright, Alice Wirth, Catherine Luther, Diane Kelly and Mike Wirth
Panelists: TBA
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
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.