MOC Forward at UTC

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Panelists Nicole Brown (UTC), Dionne Jennings (Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Chattanooga), Stacy Lightfoot (Public Education Foundation, Chattanooga) and Patrick Miles (La Paz, Chattanooga) discuss bridging partnerships with the Chattanooga community at a Moc Forward break-out session.

by Sarah Joyner

Uncomfortable conversations. Vulnerability. Honesty. Open minds. That is the recipe for Moving Our Campus (MOC) Forward at UTC.

Every October, UTC faculty and staff spend a day engaging through workshops, presentations and discussions focused on diversity and inclusion. Launched in 2017, the event enables the UTC community to understand more fully the diversity around them and to take advantage of it for the benefit of the campus and surrounding communities.

Last year’s theme was “Intersections on the Path to Inclusion.” The event had 14 breakout sessions led by guest speakers as well as UTC faculty and staff. The daylong event featured a live courtroom drama in which the audience was the jury titled “The Defamation Experience.”

Past topics range from talking about race in the classroom, working better with international students, interfaith panels, mindfulness, Chattanooga’s historical landscape, diversity lessons from line dancing and more.

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