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.