Take a moment and (re)learn with us!
These resource lists provide an opportunity to (re)learn a topic, idea, or concept. These educational resources consist of a short summary, list of additional resources, and action items. All resources on these guides can be accessed through the UT Library or free on the internet.
Fall 2022 (Re)Learning Moments
Equality and Equity
While these terms sound similar and often connect, equality and equity hold different meanings important to understand when making decisions concerning our community.
the quality or state of being equal, same
Equality emphasizes sameness in experiences between people, groups, and/or organizations. When using equality as a guiding concept, organizations provide the same level of opportunity and assistance. Many laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provide overarching equality focused supports.
justice, fairness in treating people
Equity acknowledges the unique circumstances individuals experience, recognizing that sameness might not benefit each person equally. To foster justice and fairness, equity focuses on access, opportunity, and advancement as aspects of an individual’s outcomes. Support levels vary under an equity mindset based on historical context and their relevance to individual’s need or ability.
- ‘Equity’ and ‘Equality’ – Merriam-Webster usage guide
- Equality, Equity, and Social Justice – video explanation of the differences between these terms
- Equity First: The Path to Inclusion and Belonging – LinkedIn Learning course
- Equity, Part 2: Fifty Years Later – Field Trip podcast episode
- Equity vs. Equality – LinkedIn Learning video
- Exploring The Difference Between Equity And Equality In America – NPR affiliated podcast episode with additional linked resources
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Originally commemorated in 1945 as a week-long celebration, the United States Congress declared October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in 1988 to highlight the employment needs and contributions of individuals with disabilities. This year’s theme, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” recognizes the role people with disabilities hold in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Plan NDEAM Observances (Educators)
List curated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
- Hold a Discussion
- Create a Display
- Organize an Assembly
- Implement “Soft Skills” Training
- Educate About Disability History
- Engage Student Leaders
- Share the “Guideposts for Success”
- Train Front-Line Staff
- 2022 NDEAM Resources – resource page created by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor
- Disability Employment Awareness Month – information curated by the Library of Congress including legislative documents
- Disability Pride Month Curated Guide – curated resources highlighting the stories and voices of people with disabilities
- Disability Visualizations – visual presentations of Census Bureau data
Indigenous People’s Day
During a 1977 international conference, discussions began on a counter-celebration to Columbus Day. Known as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the holiday honors Native and Indigenous Peoples of the land now known as North and South America on the second Monday of October. South Dakota became the first state to recognize this day in 1989. However, the movement in the United States began to gain popularity in California in 1992. Protestors countered the narrative from the Quincentennial Jubilee (San Francisco Bay Area), explaining the effects of Columbus’ “discovery” of inhabited lands, colonization, and genocide of Indigenous populations. This same coalition organized to convince the Berkeley, CA city council to symbolically rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 1992. Now, at least thirteen (13) states and various cities celebrate this holiday instead of Columbus Day.
Celebrate by Learning
Below, you will find information on the two Indigenous tribes native to the land where the University of Tennessee, Knoxville now resides using the Native Land Digital map.
- Columbus in America – a film challenging the traditional representations of Christopher Columbus produced by Paul Puglisi (2017)
- Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Transformative Teaching – virtual event hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian on October 10, 2022
- Native American Activism: 1960s to Present – educational profile through the Zinn Education Project by Lauren Cooper (2016)
- The Continuing Need for a Day of Indigenous Peoples – editorial article by the Lancet Global Health (2021)
National Coming Out Day
In 1988, activists lead by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary established October 11 as National Coming Out Day (NCOD), an annual LGBTQ+ awareness day focused on celebrating coming out and the civil rights of this community. While the first decades of this celebration focused on individuals telling their communities (both private and public) about their LGBTQ+ identity, more recent NCODs, especially in the United States, present an opportunity to celebrate. Additionally, the October 11th date coincides with the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. In the United States, the Human Rights Campaign sponsors many NCOD events through their National Coming Out Project.
Paint the Rock for National Coming Out Day
Join the Pride Center to paint the Rock! All are welcome to join, and we will bring all the needed supplies. We recommend wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting a little paint-y, just in case of accidents! Our guiding design will be based on artist Keith Haring’s famous work.
Event Information: Tuesday, October 11 at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Rock
- Coming Out – guides curated by the Human Rights Campaign centering the coming out experience
- Dear Closeted Reader… – an article by Jessa Powers (2020) dedicated to those unable to come out
- Documents of the LGBT Movement – online book by Chuck Steward (2018); see pages 111-112 for the NCOD entry
- National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights – journal article by Denise Kulp (1987)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
In October 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) held the Day of Unity to connect advocates working to end violence against women and children. This day expanded to include victims/survivors of all genders and for an entire week, offering a range of activities focused at the local, state, and national levels. While the events were varied and diverse, they centered on three common themes: mourning those lost from domestic violence; celebrating the survivors; and connecting individuals working to end interpersonal violence. In October 1987, the United States observed the first Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Congress designated October as DVAM in 1989.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
According to its website, the National Domestic Violence Hotline answered its first call on February 21, 1996. In 2021, the resource recorded its 25th year of service, answering more than 5.5 million calls, chats, and text from survivors and their loved ones.
For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.
Content Warning: Domestic Violence
- 2021 Remember My Name – poster of individuals’ names lost to domestic violence curated by NCADV
- Start the Conversation: Be a Better Ally – toolkit to be a better ally to survivors of domestic violence
- UT Knoxville Office of Title IX – on-campus resources
- ‘Victims need to be heard, they need to be believed’ | Resources for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2022 – WBIR’s (Knoxville local news station) article on local resources
- What is Intimate Partner Violence? – video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defining important terms
Cultural Competence and Cultural Humility
In engaging with a global society, people need both a commitment to openness and a process to understanding others and their cultural backgrounds.
Cultural Competence noun
the possession of the skills and knowledge that are appropriate for and specific to a given culture
Cultural competence often refers to a process. The process often includes aspects such as awareness, learning, and sensitivity towards others’ cultures in conjunction with self-reflection on one’s own culture. The term emerged during the 1960s and 1970s as part of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and gained popularity in the healthcare field during the 1980s. However, some individuals critique that “competence” suggests a tangible, achievable end goal or outcome, eliminating the space for continued growth.
Cultural Humility noun
the ability to maintain an other-oriented, interpersonal stance in relation to another’s cultural identity
Complementing cultural competence, cultural humility describes a mindset of openness to others and their experiences through empathy and compassion. Cultural humility focuses on a lifelong commitment to self-exploration and self-critique coupled with a willingness to learn, especially from others.
- Cultural Competence – video defining cultural competence
- Cultural Humility: Measuring Openness to Culturally Diverse Clients – counseling focused journal article by Hook et al. (2013) defining cultural humility in practice
- Cultural Humility: People, Principles and Practices – the first part of a video documentary
- What is Cultural Competence and How to Develop It? – brief article providing an overview of cultural competence and development steps
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Content Warning: Violence; Transphobia
Every November 20th, we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) as a day to memorialize those lost from violence fueled by transphobia over the past year. In 1999, a small group gathered in response to the murder of Rita Hester, a transgender African American woman, on November 28, 1998. The outpouring of grief and anger resulted in a candlelight vigil with 250 participants. Her death inspired both TDoR and the “Remembering Our Dead” web project. A TDoR memorial typically includes community members reading the names of those trans people who died from October 1st of the previous year to September 30th of the current year. The community may also participate in candlelight vigils, dedicated church services, marches, food drives, and film screenings.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Join the Pride Center for our annual candlelight vigil in honor of the lives taken from us in 2022 due to transphobic violence.
Thursday, November 17
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. ET
Student Union, Cumberland Plaza
- Remembering Rita Hester, Who Changed What It Means to Remember Trans Lives – article by Samantha Riedel (2022)
- Trans Awareness Week – brief video explaining Trans Awareness Week
- Trans Day of Remembrance – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) webpage
- Understanding the Transgender Community – resource guild from the Human Rights Campaign
World AIDS Day
In August 1987, James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter conceptualized the idea of a worldwide campaign to bring awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by HIV infection and to mourn those individuals who died from the disease. In 1988, the first observance of World AIDS Day occurred on December 1. In 1996, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) took over the planning of World AIDS Day, growing the campaign to a year-round program focused on communications, prevention, and education. Since 2004, the World AIDS Campaign has operated as an independent organization. Organizers select a theme each year to help share the stories through unique lenses.
AIDS Memorial Quilt
In November 1985, human rights activist Cleve Jones and others taped placards with the names of friends and loved ones who had died from AIDS to the San Francisco Federal Building. Inspired by the wall of names looking like a patchwork quilt, Jones and friends planned larger memorials, which began the AIDS Memorial Quilt project. The inaugural quilt displayed on October 11, 1987 on the National Mall in Washington D.C. during the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
35 years later, the quilt includes nearly 50,000 panels dedicated to over 110,000 individuals. View the quilt through the online Interactive AIDS Quilt.
- 2022 UN Theme – Equalize – webpage managed by UNAIDS
- 2022 U.S. Theme – Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV – guide curated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
- 2022 UNAIDS Global AIDS Update – report created by UNAIDS (2022)
- What Are HIV and AIDS? – webpage managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services