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University of Tennessee athletes and students rally against racial injustice on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

Knoxville News Sentinel

In an effort to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and students, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville is taking a concerted, personalized approach for each college at the university.

The goal? Not just increasing the number of students and staff of color, but to truly transform the university so everyone is welcomed and comfortable. 

“It’s really about creating environments and spaces where people can be their authentic self, whether they’re first-generation students, or students of color, or underrepresented background, a LGBTQ-plus student, whatever that might be,” said Tyvi Small, UT’s vice chancellor for diversity and engagement. “We just want to make sure that folks felt like they matter and belong and have a place here in their state’s flagship, land-grant institution.”

Each academic college has added a diversity officer and