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Our Purpose

The formation of the Black Faculty and Staff Association is the result of the collective efforts of concerned Black faculty and staff of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to:

1. Provide a forum for association among Black faculty, staff, and students.
2. Function as an advisory board on behalf of the entire Black UT campus community.
3. Support and maintain the cultural traditions of persons of African descent within the context of the University of Tennessee. 

Meet Mr. Rickey Hall, Vice Chancellor for Diversity

The Black Faculty and Staff Association had the opportunity for an one-on-one interview with Mr. Rickey Hall, Vice Chancellor for Diversity. See full interview below.

Video of Rickey Hall, Vice Chancellor for Diversity.


Photo of Dr. Melissa ShiversDr. Melissa Shivers
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life
& Strategic Initiatives

Thura MackMs. Thura Mack
Coordinator for Community
Services and Diversity Programs


Submit Nominations for a BFSA Officer Position
It is that time of year to submit your nomination for a leadership position with the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Please make sure to share your intention with the nominee prior to completing the Nomination Form.

Dr. Marvelene Moore to Retire
From time to time, the impact of an individual in service to The University of Tennessee is so revered that no amount of recognition seems adequate. Today, the Black Faculty & Staff Association acknowledges Dr. Marvelene Moore’s widespread acclaim spanning more than 35 years of service to both the School of Music, as well as her diversity efforts here at UT. Read more.

The Access and Diversity Staff Retention Fund is accepting applications.
If any of you are planning to attend diversity related conferences, workshops, programs, etc.,  please click on the link above. You can also apply for funding to attend the BFSA Symposium in March of 2015.


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