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At the Overlap: Intersectionality

April 10 – 14, 2023

The CEHHS’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host the 2nd Annual CEHHS DEI Summit from April 10 through April 14, 2023. This year’s theme, At the Overlap: Intersectionality, will focus on how the multiple social identities of individuals within our community intersect to form unique experiences, challenges, and opportunities in addressing DEI efforts. Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and scholar, originally coined the term in her essay, speaking to the unique experiences of Black women at the intersections of gender and race.

Culminating Session

Navigating DEI During Contemporary Times

Intersectionality? What’s that? In this webinar, panelists will define and explain “intersectionality,” specifically how this concept connects to creating inclusive spaces. From each of their lenses and experiences, panelists will discuss concepts and experiences relating to their own intersectional identities as well as their communities. The webinar will include structured and audience questions.

Event Details

Thursday, April 13, 2023
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
Zoom Webinar

Register for the April 13 Event

Featured Events

“You Can Teach That!”: A K-13 Toolkit for Navigating Divisive Concepts

You can teach that! In this interactive workshop, members from the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education will help you understand and navigate the “divisive concepts” legislation in K-13. Presenters will discuss how to engage your students and provide a “toolkit” for educating within these new legal parameters.

Event Details

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET
Zoom Webinar

Register for the April 11 Event

The Power of Language: Telling Your Story with Equity & Inclusion

Language is powerful! In this session, we will provide information and resources to help you integrate accessibility language into your communication practices to engage inclusively with diverse audiences.

Event Details

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
In-Person: Claxton 205/206
Virtual: Zoom

Register for the April 12 Event

Engaging in Cultural Humility: Partnership with Nonprofits

Let’s build partnerships! In this session, community panelists will discuss partnering with local nonprofits focused on inclusion and equity. Community panelists will present their experiences with university-community partnerships and community engagement, focusing on how to engage through cultural humility. The webinar will include structured and audience questions.

Event Details

Friday, April 14, 2023
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET
In-Person: Stokely Management G4
Virtual: Zoom

Register for the April 14 Event

Previous Summits

Accessing the (In)Accessible

April 4 – April 8, 2022

Keynote: Rocky Top Representation: How Might the University of Tennessee Create More Equitable Access? (Friday, April 8)

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, Sonja Ardoin, PhD, will offer practical strategies to advance equitable access for students who hold minoritized identities at the University of Tennessee.

Additional Events:

  • Affirming Gender Diversity on Campus (Monday, April 4)
  • Retention and Recruitment of Underrepresented Graduate Students of Color (Tuesday, April 5)
  • Cognizance of Bias: Exploring Ways to Acknowledge and Address Bias as Inclusive Leaders (Wednesday, April 6)
  • Dialogues with the Dean and Dorian (Thursday, April 7)