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All Vols Belong! Painting the Rock in Unity

In light of recent incidents on the UTK campus, several offices gathered on December 5th to stand with all communities. Representatives included: the Interim Chancellor; Provost; Hillel group; Commissions for Blacks, LGBT People, and Women; Council for Diversity and Interculturalism; Faculty Senate; Student Government Association; fraternities groups; faculty; staff; and students.
Students, faculty, staff, and supporters displayed solidarity by painting 100+ butterflies on the Rock. Vols Unite!


Diversity Commissions & Council Kick-off Event

The Commission for Women joined the Commission for LGBT People, Commission for Blacks, and Council for Diversity and Interculturalism for a kick-off event on August 9, 2017 with Chancellor Davenport. Thank you to all who attended, and we look forward to a great year ahead!

(Commission & Council members with Chancellor Davenport)

(CFW co-chair, Dr. Lisa Yamagata-Lynch)

Women’s History Month: 2017

March is Women’s History Month! Our campus community has coordinated a variety of events celebrating women from all backgrounds. Please visit our calendar of events here to get all the details about events occurring throughout the month!

Updates from the Women in STEM Committee

The Commission for Women's Committee for Women in STEM supports programming to promote and strengthen resources for female faculty and students in STEM fields.

Updates on the 2016 Research Symposium:

The 2016 Second Annual Women in STEM Research Symposium will be on Friday, April 15, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Min H. Kao Building. This year’s symposium will feature research presentations, a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and new for this year, a career fair.

Updates on Recruiting:

Membership has grown by over five times since May 2015, and the Committee now includes 75 students, representing 28 STEM departments.

The Committee is collaborating with Women in Physics, SYSTERS: Women in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and Undergraduate Research Students’ Association (URSA).

Updates on Mentoring:

Apply online to become a mentor or mentee. Each mentee will be matched with multiple mentors, to allow for the best fit for each person. Mentors will be female undergraduate students in STEM who will receive advice and help from female students in graduate STEM fields.

Vice Chancellor Hall, CFW Member Mallory Ladd, and Provost Martin pose together at the 2015 Women in STEM Research Symposium.

Vice Chancellor Rickey Hall; Chair of the Women in STEM Committee, Symposium Director, and CFW Commissioner Mallory Ladd; and Provost Susan Martin pose together at the 2015 Women in STEM Research Symposium.

Commission for Women Sponsors OUTstanding 2015



The OUTstanding Conference 2015 focused on "Self-Revelations" and featured keynote speaker transgender activist Janet Mock.

The Commission for Women approved to sponsor OUTstanding 2015: A Seminar Exploring Gender and Sexual Diversity. The 2015 event featured small-group workshops on diverse topics, ranging from the availability of LGBTQ+ services in Knoxville compared to other locations; a career panel on being out in the workplace, featuring members of the UT Commission for LGBT People; and the experience of transgender individuals and their families.

Pictured below is the OUTstanding Planning Committee and keynote speaker, transgender activist Janet Mock.

OUTstanding 2015 Coordinators and keynote speaker Janet Mock

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Women’s Empowerment Summit

Women's Empowerment Summit poster

When? March 7, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Where? University Center

The Women’s Coordinating Council, with support from the Circlehood of Women Philanthropists,  is proud to announce the Inaugural Women’s Empowerment Summit will be held on March 7th, 2015.

This Summit seeks to educate and empower UT students through a series of workshops about feminism, sexuality and religion, women in leadership roles, and current legal issues. Featured speakers will include Knoxville’s first female mayor, Madeline Royero, and UT Dean of Students, Dr. Melissa Shivers.​ Additionally, there will be a panel during lunch featuring women in male-dominated career fields.

Registration is free and open to all UT students through VOLink.​


Women’s Coordinating Council
Alliance of Women Philanthropists

Women’s History Month: CFW-Sponsored Events

Womens History Month 2015 poster

Women in STEM: Arachnology at UT

When? Tuesday, March 3, 6:30
Where? Hodges Library Auditorium

Start off Women’s History Month with a conversation with Dr. Susan Riechert, recipient of 2014 Notable Woman Award from the Commission for Women and prominent scholar in spider research, discuss challenges in her work in the male-dominated field of spider research and her outreach to local schools through Biology in a Box.

Women in Art: Gallery Showing & Reception

Showing: Monday, March 2, through Thursday, March 5, International House first floor lobby
Celebration: Thursday, March 5, 6:30 Hodges Library, Mary Greer Room

Continue the first week of Women’s History Month with a gallery showing by three of UT’s own female artists–all master’s or doctoral students in the School of Art. Browse the work Monday through Thursday in the International House first floor lobby or view it in a reception with the artists on Thursday at 6:30.

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