Leadership

Delphia-Howze

Chief Inclusion Strategy Officer
UT System Administration
Email: delphia.howze@tennessee.edu
Phone: 865-974-8170

 

Delphia Howze is a forward-thinking Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader with more than 20 years of successful experience in helping organizations leverage human capital and diversity to create and strengthen inclusive environments.  Her areas of experience and expertise include developing and leading HR and D&I strategies for employee relations, training, leadership development, mentoring and coaching,  AAP programming, policy/procedure alignment, and immigration petitions.

 

As the Chief Inclusion Strategy Officer for the University of Tennessee System, Delphia consults and partners with UT’s campuses and institutes to advance efforts to identify and remove disparities that impede inclusion, diversity and engagement. She also serves as a statewide advocate.

She holds a BA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Point Park University, and Project Management Certification from Villanova University.  She maintains PHR certification through HRCI and holds SHRM-CP certification through the Society of Human Resources Management.

 

“Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement are necessary components of success for our faculty, students, and staff.  Understanding that diversity enriches the lives and the educational experiences of our campus communities, our work must lead efforts to ensure that an inclusive environment is achieved for all so that opportunities for engagement are abundant and seamless.”

 

Member

Chandra Alson
Associate Vice Chancellor, Human Resources
UT Health and Science Center

“IDE at UT means to me, that we can all show up as our authentic selves and fully contribute to the mission of our institution. Further, we can all be invited to participate (in coveted opportunities),  developed to our full potential, and appropriately rewarded for our contributions.”

 

Member

Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP
Assoc. Vice Chancellor Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity, UTHSC
UT Health and Science Center

“To me IDE means inclusion is a feeling of being respected and valued based on the presence of equitable systems and diversity is a collective mixture where there is an understanding and acceptance of differences and similarities in which the former concept (i.e., inclusion) is paramount for sustained success whereas engagement confirms a reciprocation of trust accessible across UT.”

 

Member

Doug Bohner
Human Resources Officer
UT Extension

“As a leader, I see my role in IDE as taking apparent and consistent action to ensure that everyone associated with UT feels welcome and safe while also being presented with regular opportunities to explore how their individual beliefs, values and experiences compare with vastly different points of view. Then, challenging ourselves and others to find ways to contribute to an environment, not necessarily of agreement, but of acceptance, respect, and appreciation.”

 

Member

Ken Brown
Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer
UT Health and Science Center

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Patricia Burks-Jelks 
Director for Human Resources and Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Officer
UT Space Institute

“Helping to assure that UT is inclusive, welcoming, and supportive of all. A focus on education, current demographics, retention/turnover, and continuous training are the keys to achieving success!”

 

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Stephanie Butler
Students Services Specialist
UT Martin

“Engage students, staff, and faculty in ways that support the inclusion of all people. Teach everyone that embracing diversity will result in personal, as well as professional, growth.”

 

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Janelle Coleman
Executive Director for Diversity and Engagement
UT Knoxville

“To me, diversity represents the variations of identities we hold, while inclusion involves examining and changing our practices where needed so that everyone can thrive. The latter involves engagement, which is what happens when diverse populations are able to collaboratively define and implement inclusive practices and policies.”

 

Member

J. Camille Hall, Ph.D., LCSW
Professor & Associate Dean for Equity and Inclusion
College of Social Work at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“I am inspired by diversity, inclusion and engagement work, personally and professionally. I am intrigued by the possibility of working closely with the campus leadership and stakeholders through the UT IDE Strategic Alliance.”

 

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Heather Hartman
Assistant Vice Provost for Accreditation and SACSCOC Liaison
UT Knoxville

“A diverse environment, where diversity of all kinds is pursued, not just valued, will help us (administration, faculty, staff, and students) learn and work better together. Inclusion reflects our belief that various perspectives add value to our community…that discussions and decision-making are better when people with different perspectives are included, not just considered.”

 

Member

Elisha Hodge
MTAS Legal Consultant
UT Institute for Public Service

“To me, meaningful inclusion, diversity, and engagement at UT translates into campuses and institutes where students and employees, contractors and visitors, are able to interact with those with whom they have shared experiences, are exposed to those with whom thy have very little in common, and understand that because difference is embraced, everyone has the opportunity to thrive.”

 

Member

Jeff Hundley, MSHR&M, CPM
Training Specialist UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center
UT Institute for Public Service

“As a UT System employee, IDE means the opportunity to foster a sense of belonging by allowing customers, employees, and students to see themselves represented in all areas of the University of Tennessee.  It is an opportunity to encourage cultural humility and self-reflection and to promote life-long learning in Inclusion, Diversity, and Engagement.”

 

Member

Dr. Annie C. Jones
Career Planning and Development, Coordinator II /Career Counselor
UT Martin

“Empowering people by appreciating and certifying that their differences have value. The ability to understand beyond the measurement of tolerance for I believe tolerance does not allow an avenue for true connections to be made.”

 

Member

Dr. Dennis Leber
Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Chief Information Security Officer & Chief Technology Office
UT Health and Science Center

“IDE is the foundation to success in life and business.”

 

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Stacy Lightfoot
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement
UT Chattanooga

“Diversity is the presence of differences. Engagement is achieved when we recognize and respect those differences to create opportunities that allow us to feel better connected to and a sense of belonging on our campuses. Honoring and celebrating diversity is the only way we strengthen our campus communities and build bridges to inclusive excellence.”

 

Member

Mark McCloud
Diversity and Inclusion Officer
UT Martin

“IDE–The intentional inclusion of  all people, their identities, thoughts and beliefs with an open and respectful appreciation of differences. These differences make us a stronger UT community.”

Member

Amy H. McLean, MSW, LAPSW
Associate Professor of Social
UT Martin

“To me, IDE means ensuring faculty, staff, and students see themselves represented in every aspect of life at UT.  I believe engagement is a natural response to demonstrating true dedication to the inclusion of diverse voices.”

 

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Petra Rencher McPherson
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
UT Martin

“Inclusion, diversity, and engagement mean intentional efforts to represent a variety of perspectives, experiences, ideas, and talents.  The inclusion gives a voice and opportunity for people often marginalized to authentically contribute and strengthen The University of Tennessee’s impact.”

 

Member

Diana Moyer, Ph.D.
Manager, Research Development
UT Knoxville

“Inclusion, diversity, and engagement means embracing the different backgrounds and experiences that make our UT community strong and dynamic. It is all our responsibility to make these core values to advance equity and create a learning environment where all faculty, staff, and students feel valued.”

 

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Meghan Morris
Administrative Assistant
UT Space Institute

“To me, inclusion at UT is considering and including everyone’s needs to access resources UT has to offer to better our state and communities.  Diversity to me at UT is keeping these inclusive initiatives available to the diverse population we live in today, not only the ones that make themselves known but also those we may not always notice.  Engagement at UT to me is actively engaging with folks that we are including to make sure they are getting what they need from UT. IDE means including everyone’s needs to access resources to better our state and communities, keeping inclusive initiatives available to diverse populations, and actively engaging with folks that we are including to make sure they are getting what they need from UT.”

 

Member

Brian J. O’Leary, PhD
Department Head – Psychology
UT Chattanooga

“IDE focuses on creating and maintaining an environment where every member of the community believes they are treated fairly and can achieve their personal goals without discrimination.”

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Jorge Perez
Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness
UT System Administration

“It has never been more important that we collaborate across the UT System to ensure positive momentum in the areas of inclusion, diversity, and equity for our students, faculty, and staff.”

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Craig Pickett, Jr.
Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

“The University of Tennessee strives to create a welcoming environment for all stakeholders. As such, it is important that we utilize inclusion, diversity, and engagement to continuously examine all aspects of the system (operations and logistics, funding mechanisms, recruitment tactics, student success initiatives, public outreach strategies, and research endeavors) and ensure that we celebrate, illuminate, and elevate!”

 

Member

Danny Pirtle, PhD
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
UT Martin

“Inclusion, diversity, and engagement at UT means being intentional in our actions across the University to ensure everyone experiences and feels we are “One UT”.”

 

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Andre S. Porter, MHA
Graduate and Professional Studies Recruiter
UT Space Institute

“IDE (inclusion, diversity, and engagement) at UT: Being a first generation college graduate and a graduate of public institutions – I am a believer in and an example of the transformation qualities of public higher education. Inclusion, diversity, and engagement helps us set and reach the goals of a free and just society starting right here at home – in Tennessee.”

 

Member

Blake Reagan, J.D.
Director of Procurement Services
UT System Administration

“Procurement’s role in IDE is to help optimize opportunities for small and diverse businesses to do business with the University.”

 

Member

Sarah Catherine Richardson
Director of Student Life, Title IX Coordinator, and Chief Diversity Officer
UT Southern

“Making our campuses inclusive and welcoming places for all is inherent in UT mission.  We have a tremendous opportunity to learn and grow from one another and embrace the diversity of backgrounds, opinions, and worldviews, and my hope is to continue to engage our campuses in these opportunities.”

 

Member

Ryessia Jones Russell
Assistant Director of Smith GLS and Business Fellows in Undergraduate Programs
Haslam College of Business at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“When inclusion, diversity, and engagement are characteristics and values that are embodied by UT, we exhibit ourselves as premier institution that our peer institutions can model because we have the right approach for creating and maintaining an inclusive and engaging campus environment. Furthermore, because Volunteers establish an environment that they value and believe in, these, these characteristics and values become synonymous with being a Volunteer.”

 

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Tyvi Small
Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement
UT Knoxville

“We want to create a culture and climate where all Vols matter and belong. We want each member of our community to be able to bring their authentic selves to campus each day.”

 

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David Steele
Chief of Staff
UT Chattanooga

“I believe that IDE is a moral and ethical imperative but also one of the most obvious, pragmatic ways for us to pursue excellence. It’s a smart thing to do – and it’s the right thing to do.”