We are pleased to announce UT’s Vol Success Week, an opportunity for additional academic engagement and critical thinking will be held the week of February 22-26. We will host two signature programs, both in-person and virtual, about civil discourse and inclusive leadership. Please consider encouraging your student scholars to attend if the speaker topics align with your curriculum.
Navigating Civil Discourse featuring Governors Bredesen and Haslam
Tuesday, February 23, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Student Union Auditorium & Virtual
In a modern, complicated world, we need citizens who actively participate, think critically, and challenge each other to make society work. We need leaders willing to lead civil discourse – a condition that helps people live peacefully, even if they may disagree with one another. During this event, Governors Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen will discuss their civil discourse perspectives and answer questions from a panel of student scholars. To provide additional context to the conversation, attendees are encouraged to review the following articles ahead of the event.
- Engaging Differences: Key-Concepts and Best Practices – National Institute for Civil Discourse
- Decline of Civil Discourse and the Rise of Extremist Debate – TN Journal of Law and Policy 2018
A Night with Netflix’s Wade Davis
Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.- 8:15 p.m., Virtual
In today’s complex, global environment, we need transformative leaders who build inclusive excellence cultures in society. Through his unique leadership style, Mr. Wade Davis has led the way in breaking down barriers and creating environments where all can thrive. Mr. Davis will answer questions from a panel of student scholars and discuss his perspectives on personal leadership through his time in the NFL and his role as Vice President of Inclusion & Product at Netflix. To provide additional context to the conversation, attendees are encouraged to review the following articles ahead of the event.
- Harvard Business Review – The Key to Inclusive Leadership
- Harvard Business Review – Why Inclusive Leaders are Good for Organizations
- AT&T CEO speech on ‘Tolerance is for Cowards’
We are planning a robust week. Student scholars will have many opportunities to learn more about the UT resources available to support them as they develop and achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.
We hope you will share these opportunities broadly.
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions.
In the Volunteer spirit,
Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor
Vice Provost for Student Success