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  • Transgender Day of Visibility: Exploring the Intersections of Disability and Identity with torrin a. greathouse

  • Advertisement for Transgender Day of Remembrance event with torrin a. greathouseJoin the Pride Center, Student Disability Services, the Commission for LGBT People, and the Commission for Disability in celebrating International Transgender Day of Visibility by welcoming critically acclaimed poet, torrin a. greathouse, for a virtual reading from her debut full-length collection, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound, on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 4–5pm EDT. The poetry reading will be followed by a Q&A that will explore the intersections of identity and disability. Registration is required. Live captioning will be provided, and other accommodations are available upon request. For more information about disability-related accommodations, please contact Sara Conrad at
    When: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 4–5pm
    Where: Virtual Event – Register at

    Spring 2020 Discussion Groups

    Looking to connect with other students? Questioning your sexuality and/or gender identity, and want to talk it out with other students with similar experiences? Check out one of our peer-led discussion groups! These are closed spaces for those who identify and/or are questioning. Allies, please do not attend out of respect for the group.
    • Asexual/Aromantic Group, facilitated by Cynthia (she/her/hers,
      When: Wednesdays, 4 pm–5 pm
      Where: The Pride Center
    • Bi/Pan Group, facilitated by Sean (he/him/his,
      When: Wednesdays, 8 pm–9 pm
      Where: HSS 204
    • Trans/Non-Binary Group, facilitated by James (they/them/theirs,
      When: Tuesdays, 5:30 pm–6:45 pm
      Where: HSS 69
    If you have any questions about a group, feel free to get in touch with the group leader with the provided information.

    Interested in starting a new identity-focused group? Email us at

The Tickle College of Engineering at UTK is currently conducting an internal search to hire an Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Engagement. Information to apply can be found here. (Posted 9/10/18)

The Commission for LGBT People (CFLGBT) has created a survey in response the LGBTQ+ open forums that were held in Fall 2017. The CFLGBT seeks to understand the perspectives, needs, and experiences of LGBTQ+ employees at UT in order to (1) develop and implement programming to better meet the needs of LGBTQ+ employees at UT, and (2) advise Chancellor Davenport on how to begin addressing the needs of LGBTQ+ employees at UT. All responses are confidential and will be used solely for the two purposes outlined above.

Please see the link below to complete the survey, and share widely throughout your units. Also, please note the survey can be completed anonymously if the individual desires.

The It Gets Better Project highlighted the University of Tennessee’s efforts to re-establish our Pride Center. Check out the video here!

The LGBT Commission at the University of Tennessee invites you to an LGBTQ+ Faculty & Staff Fall Social on Thursday, October 5th from 5-7PM at Sunspot on Cumberland Avenue. This event will be an opportunity to connect with other LGBTQ+ professionals across campus and network with local community members and LGBT organizations. We hope you will meet new people, catch up with old friends, and learn more about what your LGBTQ+ colleagues have been up to! Light appetizers will be provided and you can enjoy happy hour specials like $2 off drafts after 6PM.

Please share this opportunity with your network of LGBTQ+ professionals at UT! Family members are welcome.

Sunspot is located at 2200 Cumberland Avenue and there is free parking immediately behind the building.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Shannon Herron at 

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Standing Up Against Rallies of Hate

In light of previous and anticipated white supremacist rallies in our community, the Commission for LGBT People have crafted the following statement of opposition:

We, the Commission for LGBT People of the University of Tennessee, stand for inclusion, equity, and diversity on our campus and in our community.  We stand together in opposition to ideologies that threaten, promote, and engage explicit, implicit, and systemic oppression, hate, and violence on our campus and in our community.  We are committed to promoting student, faculty, and staff safety, well-being, and inclusion, through active advocacy efforts with campus administrators and community partners. Vol Means All.

Diversity Commissions & Council Kick-Off!

The Commission for LGBT People joined the Commission for Women, Commission for Blacks, and Council for Diversity and Interculturalism for a kick-off event on August 9, 2017 with Chancellor Davenport. Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to a great year ahead!

(Commission & Council members with Chancellor Davenport)

(CFLGBT co-chair, Danielle Burton)

Pride Center Coordinator: Open Forums

Open forums for the Pride Center Coordinator candidates will be held in Dunford 100 on 8/11 from 12:45-1:45 pm, 8/17 from 12:45-1:45 pm, and 8/18 from 1-2 pm. Visit the Pride Center’s facebook page for more information here.

Pride Center Open House!

The Pride Center is hosting an open house on August 24, 2017. Come out and visit LGBTQ+ students, staff, faculty, and friends and see the new renovations of the Pride Center!

Pride Center seeking new Coordinator

Check it out! The Pride Center is seeking a coordinator. Please see the job description and application here.

LGBTQ+ Course Offering Fall 2017

Calling all students! Want to take a course with Donna Braquet on LGBTQ+ History? Check it out:

Course title: When We Rise: LGBTQ+ History
CRN: 46294
Course Number: FYS 129
Section: 011
Instructor: Donna Braquet

Commissioner Spotlight

Check out this article about commissioner Shannon Herron. He continues to do great things for Knoxville’s LGBTQ+ community as the president of All Out Knoxville!

End-of-the-year Celebration!

The Pride Center ambassadors and student assistants were honored at the May 2017 CFLGBT meeting. The Commission recognized them for their hard work and dedication to LGBTQ+ students for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Commission also recognized co-chairs Michael Porter and Tamara Griffin for their two years of leadership and commitment to the CFLGBT. Incoming co-chairs Dr. Jennifer Jabson and Danielle Burton honored them with a gift.

Thank you to all!

(Dr. Danny Glassmann, Co-chairs Tamara Griffin & Michael Porter, and Dr. Joe Miles with Pride Center ambassadors and student assistants).

(Michael Porter, Danielle Burton, Tamara Griffin, and Dr. Jennifer Jabson)


Trans* Talk Tuesdays

Drop in for a peer led discussion and support group for trans*, trans* questioning, and gender non-conforming students.

When: every Monday at 6 pm

Where: Pride Center

OUTstanding Seminar 2016: Let it All Out

Using Vulnerability and Expression to Build Alliances and Empower our Community

The OUTstanding Seminar is an annual conference exploring gender and sexual diversity. Keynote speakers this year are award-winning poets Kai Davis and Kit Yan.

When: October 22, 2016 : 8am-1pm

Where: University of Tennessee Panhellenic Building

Students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome. Register here!

Diversity Dialogue Town Hall Series

The Diversity Committee within the Division of Student Life is hosting a series of town halls on Oct. 18, Oct. 24, and Nov. 15. Please see the complete flyer here for details!

3rd Annual Collaborators for Change Diversity Summit: “Continuing the Conversation”

The Summit will be held on March 24, 2017.

Call for Proposals is now open and can be found here. Deadline for submissions is October 28, 2016.

Vol Vision 2020 Strategic Priority Diversity and Inclusion Working Group: 

Student Listening Sessions

Mr. Tyvi Small and Dr. Angela Batey, Chairs for the working group, are interested in hearing students’ feedback regarding student experience at the University of Tennessee. Student feedback will allow us to shape the action plan for this important university strategic priority. Students’ voices matter and these listening sessions will be an opportunity to share with members of the committee ways students believe we can enhance our community.
Students may RSVP for the days/times below here:
9/26. 5:30pm – 6:30pm      Haslam Business Building, Room 304
9/27  5:30pm – 6:30pm      Haslam Business Building, Room 305
9/28 12:00pm – 1:30pm     Haslam Music Building Room, Room 12
9/29 12:00pm – 1:30pm     Frieson Black Cultural Center Conference Room, 2nd floor


An Open Discussion about Intersectionality: From Scholarship to Action

The directors of the Intersectionality Community of Scholars at UT will facilitate a conversation about the origins of intersectionality theory in the U.S., Black Feminism, current directions in the field, and the relationship between interdisciplinary scholarship, activism, and social justice.

When: October 19, 2016 at 12 p.m.

Where: Hodges Library Room 605

Facilitated by: Drs. Nora Berenstain and Patrick Grzanka



TLI’s recent publication of faculty spotlights:

Dr. Lettie Flores;

Jennifer Jabson_Tree:;

Joel Anderson:

Pride Center
Melrose Hall F-103
1616 Melrose Avenue
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-7803