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Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award

Hardy Liston Jr. Symbol of Hope Award

The award recognizes outstanding, pro-active contributions of faculty and staff members who serve the campus community and promote diversity & inclusion at UT. The recipient openly expresses his/her beliefs in a diverse university community and has made consistent contributions on issues of diversity and inclusion. The recipient has demonstrated a commitment to the development of individuals in our community through cultivating and enriching the human mind and spirit. The recipient is actively involved in the UT community. Examples may include: membership in organizations that promote diversity, planning/sponsoring campus or community wide programs dealing with issues of diversity, multiculturalism and/or appreciation of difference, etc.

Anyone who has received the award in the preceding five years is ineligible for consideration.

A current biographical sketch of the nominee is requested along with the nomination form and letter.

The honoree will be selected by Commission for Blacks members.

Criteria:

  1. Faculty nominees must have been employed by UT for a minimum of 3 years. Exempt and non-exempt staff nominees must have been employed by UT for a minimum of 3 years.
  2. The nominee must be openly expresses his/her beliefs in a diverse university community and has made consistent contributions on issues of diversity and inclusion.
  3. The nominee must be actively involved within organizations that promote and educate about diversity and inclusion.

Deadline for 2016: Friday, February 19, 2016

Nomination Form:

Please download the form to your computer first and then complete it.

Download 2016 Nomination Form

Awardees

Eric Stokes

Eric Stokes is a committed and passionate diversity leader. As senior assistant director in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and program director for the UT LEAD Summer Institute, Stokes is focused on recruiting, enrolling, and retaining a diverse freshman class. But his commitment extends well beyond the admissions office. Stokes works with the Knoxville Area Urban League’s National Achievers Society, Project GRAD Knoxville, the Public Education Foundation in Chattanooga, Gear UP statewide, and other college readiness programs for students from underrepresented communities. His nominator said, “His stellar leadership and constant efforts to motivate students to form their own thoughts about social issues and expose students to cultural experiences outside of the norm have undoubtedly helped our Volunteer community.”

Previous Awardees

Year Awardee
1998 Hardy Liston, Jr.
1999 James Pippin
2000 Not Awarded
2001 Dr. Ronald B. McFadden
2002 Dr. Jane S. Redmond
2003 Dr. Faye V. Harrison
2004 Dr. Stan L. Bowie
2005 Dr. George W. Harris, Jr.
2006 Prof. Felicia H. Felder-Hoehne
2007 Dr. Terry Lee Esper
2008 Richard L. Bayer
2009 Eric M. Stokes
2010 David L. Fox
2011 Leshaun D. Oliver
2012 Charles Houston and Annazette Houston
2013 Rosa Emory Thomas
2014 Dr. Amadou Sall
2015 Eric Stokes

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