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The Commission for Blacks is a body appointed by the Chancellor to advise on planning, implementation, and evaluation of university programs, policies, and services as they relate to Black students, faculty and staff. The Commission reports to the Office of the Chancellor.

The Commission for Blacks recommends changes in or additions to university policies and procedures to reflect concerns specific to blacks. The group also makes suggestions for new and existing academic and extracurricular programs related to blacks; encourages research to identify the problems and progress of blacks on campus; and encourages black faculty, staff and student involvement in all aspects of campus life.


Call for CFB Membership

CFB LogoIf you are interested in being a part of the Commission for Blacks (CFB), we invite you complete the online membership interest form for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Commission consists faculty, staff, students, and external community members. Members are appointed by the Chancellor on an annual basis.

If you are a currently serving member of the commission and have an interest in continuing your membership with the Commission or if you are interested in getting involved with the Commission for the first time, please complete the form for consideration for membership appointment on the Commission. Deadline for submitting the membership interest form is May 15, 2016.

2016-17 Trailblazer Award Series: Wardell Milan

On April 25, 2017 the Commission for Blacks will present the 3rd African American Trailblazer Award of the 2016-17 year to Wardell Milan.

Wardell Milan is a New York City based visual artist known for his drawings, collages, and photography. After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2001, he obtained his Masters of Fine Arts at Yale University. In 2007 he was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. His first solo show in 2005 was glowingly reviewed by The New York Times: “Mr. Milan’s work has plenty of finesse, but also feels flexible, on a growth curve. An auspicious debut.” The same publication called his 2010 exhibition of drawings “inspired.” The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art have acquired several pieces for their permanent collections.

The Trailblazer Award is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the accomplishments of African Americans affiliated with the University of Tennessee that are trailblazers in their disciplines or within the fields of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Commission for Blacks jointly organizes the speaking series.

Click here for more information on the 2016-17 Trailblazer Series.

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