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Membership

Chair:

Sharon Couch, Coordinator of Student Life and Diversity Programs, Herbert College of Agriculture

Co-Chairs:

James Williams, Assistant Professor, Retail, Hospitality, & Tourism Management

 

Javiette Samuel, Director of Community Engagement, Office of Research and Engagement

 

2018-2019 Membership

Dorian McCoy, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy

Thura Mack, Professor, John C. Hodges Library

Dawn Duke, Associate Professor, Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures

Melanie Inniss, Accounting Assistant III, University Housing Administration

Trey Hobson, Library Supervisor II, John C. Hodges Library

Derek Alderman, Professor, Department of Geography

Melanie Allen, Assistant Professor, John C. Hodges Library

Brook Dennard Rosser, Talent Acquisition and Retention, Knox County Schools

Izetta Slade, Senior Director, Human Resources

Chonika Coleman-King, Assistant Professor, Theory & Practice in Teacher Education

Jioni Lewis, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Joann Jeter, Assistant Director, Center for Career Development

Lauren Moret, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology and Counseling

Tenea Lowery, Assistant Director, Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life

NaQuiana Moore, Student Success Advisor, Herbert College of Agriculture

Tonya Goins, Accounting Specialist III, Tickle College of Engineering

Ryessia Jones Russell, Assistant Director, Haslam College of Business

Marshall Steward, Associate Director, Thorton Athletics Student Life Center

Tanisha Jenkins, Director, Office of Multicultural Student Life

Alvin Morton, Graduate Student, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies

Jheri Wills, Graduate Student, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Makala Johnson, Undergraduate Student, College of Social Work

Tammie Washington, Undergraduate Student, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies

Cordarrius Winton, Undergraduate Student, Haslam College of Business

Madison Woods, Undergraduate Student, Biological Sciences

Zamir Turner, Undergraduate Student, Department of Religious Studies

Jordan Douglas, Undergraduate Student, College of Nursing

Gianna Noel, Undergraduate Student, College of Architecture

Jessica Howard, Undergraduate Student, Haslam College of Business

Welton Pride, Undergraduate Student, Haslam College of Business

Jevon Reeves, Undergraduate Student, Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies

 

Graduate Research Assistant

Jada White, PhD Student, School Psychology

 

Ex-Officio Members

  • Mary Lucal, Representing Vice Chancellor for Human Resources ♦
  • Misty Anderson, President of Faculty Senate ♦
  • Angela Batey, Chair of the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism ♦
  • Rachel Chen, Chair of the Commission for Women ♦
  • Mitsunori Misawa, Co-Chair of the Commission for LGBT People ♦
  • Joel Anderson, Co-Chair of the Commission for LGBT People ♦
  • Emoni Degon, Representative of Graduate Student Senate ♦

Note: ♦ denotes Voting Ex-officio members

Responsibilities

Commission member

As a member of the commission, you are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities.

  • Serve on one committee OR serve as Chair/Co-Chair of a committee.
    • Provide input to the committee.
    • Assist with the work on the agenda set forth by committee and/or commission.
  • Attend monthly commission meetings.
  • Serve as a community liaison for the campus and Knoxville area African American community.
  • Bring pertinent issues forth to the Commission.
  • Assist with events as necessary (greeting, handing out lunches, set up/take down, etc.)

Committee Chair or Co-Chair

The Commission has four committees: Faculty/Staff/Student Concerns, Bylaws, Awards, and Publicity & Community Outreach. As the chair or co-chair of one of these committees, you are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities.

  • Set a goal for the year.
  • Communicate with and/or hold meetings with committee to achieve goal set forth.
  • Provide updates on committee work to full commission at meetings.
  • Provide year-end report on goal.

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