Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This committee works to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the profession, engaging in activities that promote the profession in the pipeline, promoting recruitment of diverse professionals, and developing diverse individuals within the profession.

Co-Chair
Tennessee Secretary of States...
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)741-4469
Co-Chair
FedEx Corporation
942 South Shady Grove Road, Ste. 248
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)818-7306
Immediate Past Chair
Clerk & Master Chancery Court
1 Public Square Ste 308
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)862-5710

Affirmative Action Could Go Back to Supreme Court

The issue of affirmative action could be headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court yesterday refused to reconsider a ruling allowing use of race as a factor in University of Texas undergraduate admissions. Abigail Fisher, who is white, sued in 2008 after she was denied admission. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, but justices told the appeals court to re-examine Fisher's arguments. Fisher's attorneys had asked the full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a recent ruling that found barring the university from considering race would mean a less student diversity — in defiance of legal precedent promoting diversity as an important part of education. The Greeneville Sun has the story.

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Retired Baker Center Fellow to Speak at UT Trailblazer Series

Rita Sanders Geier, former associate to the University of Tennessee chancellor and retired senior fellow at the Howard Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, will speak Friday about her involvement in desegregating the state of Tennessee’s higher education system and her experiences as an African American trailblazer making strides in the fields of civil rights, diversity and equal access to higher education. The presentation is a part of the Trailblazer Series sponsored by the school’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Commission for Blacks. It will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

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