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Public Forum on Pride Center

Friday, 17 June, 2016

UT Knoxville's Faculty Senate Diversity Task Force invites the campus and local community to attend an open forum on the Pride Center from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Friday June 17, in the Hodges Library auditorium.

Recently the Tennessee Legislature passed House Bill 2248, which mandates a number of specific measures against the University of Tennessee, Knoxville including the defunding of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for 2016-17. As a result of this bill, the university administration has cut back the Pride Center, which works to provide a safe and welcoming environment for UT's diverse LBGT+ communities and facilitated Safe Zone training last year for more than 500 people. The focus of the forum will be to learn about the challenges facing the Pride Center, and how to support its mission in the context of this law.

The Faculty Senate established the Diversity Task Force to focus on diversity and inclusion issues affecting our faculty roles and the well-being of the university community, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The task force is co-chaired by Bonnie Ownley, professor of entomology and plant pathology, and Beauvais Lyons, professor of art, and includes faculty, student, and staff representation.

For more information, please contact Beauvais Lyons at


Hodges Library Auditorium
1015 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996

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Beauvais Lyons

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