Enhanced Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
The University of Tennessee aspires to be an institution that is welcoming and empowering to all. To help ensure we achieve our goal, I’ve asked Noma Anderson, special adviser to the president on diversity and inclusion, to make this work her sole focus.
Serving in a dual role since 2016, Noma has led diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives at the system level while maintaining a faculty appointment at the UT Health Science Center, where she previously served as dean of the College of Health Professions.
This shift will allow Noma to have more frequent communication with our campuses and institutes as units work to expand diversity and inclusive excellence plans.
In collaboration with the future system vice president for human resources as well as campus and institute equity and diversity officers, Noma will provide leadership for statewide equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as training sessions and the statewide annual Diversity Summit.
Noma will continue to serve as the chair of the University’s statewide Diversity Advisory Council (DAC), which was created in 2010 to focus on becoming more effective and efficient in advancing diversity across the UT system.
DAC has recently been engaged with examining, in an in-depth way, data on students, faculty, staff and climate across the system to identify inclusive excellence challenges. These challenges include recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, academic success and campus climate. This data will help DAC create recommendations that will be presented to myself and my executive staff on how UT can address these challenges.
Noma will continue to be a great resource to our campuses and institutes.
All the best,