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Thank You For Your Support of UT This Legislative Session

This note is to thank you for your support of our University over the past several months during the 2016 legislative session.
 
UT faced unprecedented scrutiny on a range of issues of institutional governance, from tuition freezes to guns on campus to diversity funding.
 
We had frequent contact with elected officials over the course of the session, and we hoped the legislature would understand our need to support and advance a culture of diversity and inclusion on our campuses. As you know, $436,000 in funding for the UT Knoxville Office for Diversity and Inclusion was cut, and I am disappointed by the loss of those important inclusion and diversity programs.
 
Please know that our commitment to diversity and inclusion hasn’t changed, and I will be working with Chancellor Cheek to address how he plans to move forward.
 
I have been especially gratified by the way our campus communities stood up for diversity, making clear our solidarity on the importance of ensuring that our campuses are welcoming and inclusive.


I have been especially gratified by the way our campus communities stood up for diversity, making clear our solidarity on the importance of ensuring that our campuses are welcoming and inclusive.


A lot of hard work and long hours went into seeking favorable outcomes and attempting to mitigate unfavorable outcomes to the extent possible. More on specific legislative outcomes will be summarized on our UT Advocacy blog next week.
 
Even as there are achievements to be grateful for, we must and will continue to remain vigilant and advocate for UT. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to join our Advocacy network to stay informed and engaged on issues affecting the University. 
 
We have some of the brightest minds in the world at UT, and Tennessee is fortunate because of that. Thank you for your advocacy, your engagement and your critical contributions to fulfilling our mission to educate, discover and connect.
 
All the best,
 
Joe
 
The University of Tennessee | Office of the President
831 Andy Holt Tower | Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865.974.2241 | Fax: 865.974.3753
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