Diversity is one of the assets of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Our perspective of academic excellence specifically includes multiple aspects of diversity. Academic excellence results in part, from opportunities to create, interact, and benefit from association with others. Academic excellence is enhanced by accepting and recognizing the differences among and within many cultural and other groups of individuals. Academic excellence and personal growth can be improved within a respectful workplace and a welcoming student environment such as a public university. Public universities perform a critical role meeting the needs of not only our community but needs within our state, region, and nation. We endorse the concept of diversity as inclusiveness that is reflected as an essential element expressed in our University values.
The Office of Equity and Diversity plays a critical role as part of the educational and work environment at UT Martin. I invite you to contact Dr. Gail Stephens, who serves as our Equity and Diversity Officer. She is experienced and is well prepared to assist in matters related to equity and diversity. I encourage you to contact Dr. Stephens if you have questions about the important role this office plays toward ensuring that the learning environment, including academic programs as well as student and employee services, is attentive to matters involving equity and diversity.
Tom Rakes, Chancellor