At UT, we aspire to strengthen an environment of Inclusive Excellence for all faculty, staff and students.  Our unwavering commitment to Inclusion, Diversity and Engagement is an integral component of academic and community success for individuals from all backgrounds and perspectives.  We stand by the overall value system to Be One UT.  Throughout our campuses within 95 counties in the state of Tennessee, we are actively incorporating all dimensions of diversity to bring thought and innovation to our efforts of making this the greatest decade in the history of UT.

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With inclusion, diversity and engagement being key components to academic and community success, the University of Tennessee System is doing its part by creating an environment where everyone is welcomed, included and feels a sense of belonging. We encourage you to take time to celebrate our rich and diverse backgrounds. As we lean in to better demonstrate the value of inclusion, the UT IDE Strategic Alliance has created a video resource to support efforts. We invite you to watch our brief inspiring video to reflect on perspectives of inclusion, and consider the power of an inclusive environment. Remember, “Inclusion Begins with I, and Always Needs U!”



To be an active system-wide resource for all efforts involving inclusion, diversity, and engagement.


We will actively support, foster and enhance environments of inclusion where the diversity of all faculty, staff, and students are connected to fully engage in fair, respectful, and equitable campus experiences throughout the University of Tennessee community.



Delphia Howze

Chief Inclusion Strategy Officer
Phone: 865-974-8170