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The Commission for Women–Knoxville (“CFW”) is a body appointed by the Chancellor of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (the “University”) to advise on the planning, implementation, and evaluation of University programs, policies, and services designed to improve the status of women at the University. The CFW reports directly to the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee.

Supporting the Austin-East Community

The Commission for Women has signed onto the Commission for Blacks’ response to the April 12th officer-involved shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School and the recent incidents of gun violence that have deeply impacted the East Knoxville community.  We urge all to read the Commission for Blacks’ statement of support, which includes suggestions on how we can support the Austin-East community and participate in efforts to reduce youth violence.

Statement of the Commission for Women on Asian American and Pacific Islander Hate Incidents

The Commission for Women condemns recent hate crimes committed against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders community, almost 70% of which are reported by women (according to the Stop AAPI Hate National Report). These acts of hatred rooted in bigotry and racism—as well as sexism—must end. Please take a moment to read the statement issued by Vice Chancellor Tyvi Small and Vice Provost Gretchen Neisler in support of the AAPI community.  We endorse it.

A Conversation About Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Join us for a conversation and inspired reflections on the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993 – 2020). Joan MacLeod Heminway, Rick Rose Distinguished Professor of Law and Interim Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership at the College of Law, talks with Valorie Vojdik, Waller Lansden Distinguished Professor of Law at the College of Law, about her reflections on Justice Ginsburg’s impacts as a lawyer and Supreme Court justice and some key moments when both her life and career intersected with Justice Ginsburg. See the interview here.

Pandemic-Related Benefit Regarding Child Care

Faculty and university employees are “considered essential workers who are eligible for state child care subsidies.” Visit the link below for more information on child care assistance.

2021 Pandemic/Essential Employee Child Care Payment Assistance


Statement of the Commission for Women on Racial Injustice

The Commission for Women wants to alert you to the fact that one of our sister commissions, the Chancellor’s Commission for Blacks, has released a powerful statement regarding the disparate impact both the COVID-19 pandemic and pervasive, continuing racial profiling, harassment, and violence have had on people of color. The statement expresses “discontent, disappointment, and frustration with the injustice facing many Blacks in our great nation.”

Click here to view the full statement.