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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Social Work is committed to anti-racism and social justice. The goal of the college’s Office of Equity and Inclusion is to implement awareness and change in the college through a series of programs and events. We focus our efforts around anti-racism and social justice. Cultural relevance and sensitivity to the personal, social, economic, and political needs of vulnerable high-risk groups are emphasized in the education, research, and service of students and faculty.

Associate Dean

Dr. J. Camille Hall is the inaugural Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion. She brings a history of successful leadership along with clinical and research expertise in the areas of risk and resilience among Black Americans and multicultural competence to the position. Since Dr. Hall joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville College of Social Work faculty in 2004, she has worked to promote diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism on the UTK campus. She served as former chairperson…

Committee for Equity and Inclusion

The committee for equity and inclusion is composed of faculty, staff, and students The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion, faculty, staff, and students to support the College’s commitment to anti-racism (i.e., race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, family structure, sexual orientation, age, marital status, political or religious beliefs, and mental or physical disability) and an inclusive, social and economically just society.

Diversity and Inclusion Fellows

The diversity and inclusion fellows support the College of Social Work’s mission of creating an inclusive learning environment for students by cultivating a welcoming environment and supporting recruitment and engagement initiatives. The DI fellows help build foundations of knowledge, and engagement practices by working with the Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion.

Learn more about this here.

Social Justice Innovation Initiative

The Social Justice Innovation Initiative
at the College of Social Work was made possible through a gift by longtime College supporter, Susan Cooper. The initiative offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing issues around education, healthcare, and social justice. The initiative provides grants for students and faculty to creatively challenge social injustices in their communities. Read the announcement of the 2021 award winners.

Programs, Training Initiatives, and Faculty Development

#UTCSWGeneratingJustice was launched in June 2020 following the aftermath of George Floyd’s death. Generating Justice is a forum for addressing recent and ongoing events. UTCSW Generating Justice provides a platform for showing up for racial justice and strengthening our community.

Social justice promotes fairness and equity across many aspects of society. The social justice podcasts are an accessible way to educate stakeholders.

The Critical Conversations model prepares faculty, staff, and students to engage in conversations that open up space for discussing power and privilege, oppression, and structural inequities. through experiential learning.

The Inclusive Pedagogy model is centered on faculty development, social justice, diversity, and education for teaching.

Our new faculty, staff, and students participate in anti- racism orientation which highlights the college’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Diversity and social transformation scholars are faculty who are engaged in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice initiatives.

Student Organizations

Rainbow Collective

The Rainbow Collective is a student organization open to current students in the College of Social Work from all programs (BSSW, MSSW, DSW, Ph.D.) who are interested in advocating for the rights of people who identify as LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer, and all populations who are marginalized based on their gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or romantic orientation). The Rainbow Collective is an inclusive organization and welcomes participation by all supporters of its mission.

The Coalition of Black Social Workers

The Coalition of Black Social Workers exists to engage, connect, and empower Black social work students and professionals in the community, with the goal of increasing awareness about issues specific to the Black community and cultivating a network of support.

Helpful Resources

Division of Diversity and Engagement
Global Initiatives
Reporting an Incident Related to Bias
The UT Student Government Association Diversity Affairs Committee
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Guide to Intervention
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education