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Accessing the (In)Accessible

April 4 – 8, 2022

The CEHHS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to participate in the first annual CEHHS DEI Summit entitled “Accessing the (In)Accessible.” This weeklong event features daily programming opportunities to learn about access through different lenses. The week concludes with a keynote speaker hosted by CEHHS DEI.

Keynote Presentation

Rocky Top Representation: How Might the University of Tennessee Create More Equitable Access?

Friday, April 8
12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT
Student Union Ballroom and Zoom (Hybrid)

This presentation is co-sponsored by the Bailey Graduate School of Education and the Division of Student Success.

Having people who hold different identities in the same space does not mean we have achieved representation, solved access concerns, or addressed equity issues. Creating an environment focused on diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice requires attention to and action on each of the dimensions that create a campus climate and culture. Utilizing a systemic lens and inviting analysis of internal and external elements, Ardoin will offer practical strategies to advance equitable access for students who hold minoritized identities at the University of Tennessee.

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Keynote Speaker: Sonja Ardoin, PhD

Sonja Ardoin, PhDProgram Director and Associate Professor (Appalachian State University)

Sonja Ardoin, PhD is a learner, educator, facilitator, and author. Proud of her rural hometown of Vidrine, Louisiana, her working-class, Cajun roots, and her first-generation college student to PhD journey, Sonja holds degrees from LSU, Florida State, and NC State. She considers herself a scholar-practitioner of higher education; she served as an administrator for 10 years before shifting to the faculty in 2015. She currently serves as program director and associate professor in the student affairs administration program at Appalachian State University. Sonja studies social class identity, college access and success for rural and first-generation college students, student and women’s leadership, and career preparation and pathways in higher education and student affairs. Sonja has published four books, one monograph, and numerous book chapters and journal articles. She stays engaged in the broader field through ACPA, AFLV, ASHE, the Center for First-generation Student Success, NASPA, and several journal editorial boards. She enjoys books, traveling, music, sports, laughing, and spending time with her husband and pup. Learn more about Sonja’s work at

Featured Events

Affirming Gender Diversity on Campus

Monday, April 4
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
Claxton 205/206 and Zoom (Hybrid)

Presenter: Jennifer Jabson Tree, MPH, PhD

This presentation will provide clarifying terminology and affirming language to help us all affirm our gender diverse community members. We will also discuss best practice strategies for creating and sustaining an inclusive academic, professional, and campus environment for gender diverse students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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Retention and Recruitment of Underrepresented Graduate Students of Color

Tuesday, April 5
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EDT

Presenter: Dorian L. McCoy, PhD

This presentation will help you identify pathways for increasing underrepresented graduate student enrollment through a discussion of retention and recruitment. We will discuss culturally competent mentoring practices and identify intentional methods for supporting underrepresented graduate students.

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Cognizance of Bias: Exploring Ways to Acknowledge and Address Bias as Inclusive Leaders

Wednesday, April 6
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EDT
Claxton 205/206 and Zoom (Hybrid)

Presenter: Ciara Gazaway, MS

This session is designed for professionals in higher education who are engaged in inclusive leadership practices or would like to learn more about being an inclusive leader. In this session we will discuss what bias is and how it can show up in our workplace and the world around us, reflect on the roles we personally play when addressing bias, explore practices of self-regulation and fair play, and share our thoughts and ideas on how to mitigate bias on our campus.

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Dialogues with the Dean and Dorian

Thursday, April 7
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EDT
Claxton 205/206 and Zoom (Hybrid)

Presenters: Dean Ellen McIntyre, EdD & Dorian L. McCoy, PhD

NOTE: This event is only for CEHHS students.

Dean Ellen McIntyre and Dorian McCoy, Director of the CEHHS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, want to hear from YOU! Join them in an open conversation about students’ perspectives on diversity and inclusion in the college.

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