Be One UT Values

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Be One UT
The Be One UT values were created—with faculty, staff and student input—to define what UT is and should strive toward in the next decade. Since its announcement by UT System President Randy Boyd in March 2021, we have enjoyed seeing how each individual implements these values into their work. We asked employees to share what Be One UT value resonates with them.


Bernie Savarese, Assistant Vice President for Student Success:
“While each value is meaningful, I’m especially drawn to ‘Transparent and Trusted.’ I often tell the students and team members I work with that ‘trust is our capital,’ and how it is something we must work to earn every day. Once we have it, we’re not only able to be more effective, but it helps us bring others to the table. This is critical because our best work is done with and through others.”


Delphia Howze, Chief Inclusion Strategy Officer: “The values that resonate with me the most of the Be One UT values are ‘Embrace Diversity’ and ‘Transparent and Trusted.’ From my perspective, these values have direct alignment to one another. It is inconceivable that one could embrace diversity without openness, accountability and stewardship. I strive to practice these values in my day-to-day responsibilities by ensuring that my interaction with others and my communication styles are presented in ways that foster inclusion for all dimensions of diversity. Doing so, encourages engagement and authenticity—necessary factors for us to successfully move forward together at UT.”


Kortney Jarman, LMS Administrator and eLearning Consultant: “Being part of the University of Tennessee for many years, I have embraced the Be One UT values wholeheartedly. In the transition into the role of LMS administrator and E-Learning consultant, I have latched on to the U – ‘United and Connected.’ As an individual, I can accomplish a small part. As part of a team, we can accomplish so much more. As I get to know my new team and many others in HR and beyond, I feel that our collaboration can spark many new opportunities and continue to push us forward to truly Be One UT.”


Submit what Be One UT value you incorporate into your day-to-day work. We will pick some submissions to appear in the next issue of For Your Benefit!

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