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Diversity Statement of the School of Information Sciences

Adopted September 2007

The School of Information Sciences is committed to diversity and equal opportunity for all since diversity and fairness are the foundation that unites our faculty, staff, students, and the larger library and information science community. Our commitment to promoting, protecting, and ensuring the diversity in our community builds upon an understanding that a diverse society is essential for the free exchange of ideas, debate, research, academic freedom, growth, responsibility, knowledge, integrity, cooperation and success in the local and global context. Diversity is also essential in developing the cultural competencies and effectiveness information professionals need to manage the information creation-organization-dissemination processes to serve the needs of increasingly diverse communities.

Diversity enriches the learning and teaching experiences of students, faculty, and others to live and work in an interconnected local, regional, and global village where there are many differences in people based on races, ethnicities, religions/spiritualities, creeds, national origins, languages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities (mental, learning, physical), ages, veteran status, marital/partnered status, physical appearances, political affiliations, and social, economic, or educational backgrounds, amongst other variables; all are honored, welcome, and respected in the School of Information Sciences. At the same time, there are many similarities in us that create potentials for rich and creative partnerships across the differences and may facilitate communication, understanding, and mutual growth. Without a reflective and thoughtful understanding of the similarities and differences amongst us, as well as ways to promote mutual respect and collaboration, education cannot be truly successful.

Thus, we, the faculty in the School of Information Sciences, affirm our commitment to further diversity and equal opportunity in our teaching, research, services, and other creative pursuits. The School of Information Sciences willingly complies with applicable laws adopted by the University of Tennessee regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Visit the Office of Equity and Diversity website to view the details of UT’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement.