“Woke” Professors To Qualify For Tenure at University Of Tennessee

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The Tennessee Conservative [By Paula Gomes] –

According to plans obtained by The College Fix, the University of Tennessee – Knoxville’s School of Engineering, College of Law, and School of Social Work will require “diversity work” as a condition of advancement and tenure status for professors.

Twenty different academic departments and administrative divisions at the university have 322 pages of plans for new diversity regulations, requirements and goals “to improve equity on campus.”

Assistant director of news and information for UT-Knoxville told the The College Fix that the public university is “committed to attracting and retaining a diverse student body, faculty, and staff by creating a welcoming campus where all people can be successful, feel like they have found a place to belong, learn from each other, and express themselves.”

The plan will create a center to “identify racist policies and practices on campus” and is consistent with the UT Board of Trustees’ diversity statement from October 2020.

In that statement, the board states that “diversity in the educational environment, including an outstanding and diverse student body, faculty, staff and alumni… adds value to the educational experience and the degree earned… diversity is fundamental to a sound twenty-first century education.”

Each college and vice chancellor unit created plans tailored to their areas in fall of 2020. Gardner calls them “living documents that provide clarity and transparency with respect to the university’s diversity efforts.” 

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Here are some of those goals:

The College of Law: Commit to further support of “affinity groups” such as the Black Law Students Association and the Latino Law Student Association. Embed diversity and inclusion “throughout the existing curriculum” by spring 2022. Launch a separate bias reporting system from the one maintained by UT-Knoxville. Create a diversity and inclusion certificate program.

The School of Architecture: Eliminate racism in building design by “opening dialogs of discrimination, repression and injustice that are embedded in the design disciplines and how these experiences shape the designers’ work.”

The College of Agriculture: “Remedy factors contributing to underrepresentation of minorities in agriculture disciplines.”

The university’s libraries:  “Examine library fines and fee-based services for students to determine their efficacy and equity” and commit to hosting a “Wikipedia edit-a-thon focusing on Digital Collections resources highlighting women and African-Americans.”


The School of Social Work: Increase scholarships for students who plan to enter professions “promoting social justice and antiracism.” 

The College of Arts and Sciences: Commit to “look for an increase in courses that recognize that race, gender identity, sexual orientation and ethnicity/culture are commonly intersectional identities among many that individuals might have.”

The College of Nursing: “Increase awareness of cultural competence through the consideration of a policy for recognition of non-Judeo-Christian holidays.”

In addition, the diversity division wants to create a small group to “conduct a historical review of every named building and major outdoor space on campus to ensure that all spaces reflect a positive antiracist legacy.” They also recommend that funding be increased to create faculty lines in Africana studies.


About the Author: Paula Gomes is a Tennessee resident and reporter for The Tennessee Conservative. You can reach Paula at paula@tennesseeconservativenews.com.

9 thoughts on ““Woke” Professors To Qualify For Tenure at University Of Tennessee

  • January 13, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    This is just CRT and racism by another name. WHY is the Tennessee legislature allowing this? Who is on the board of the school that thinks this is a great idea? What happened to education instead of indoctrination? Oh, that’s right! The stolen election and the communist regime in power with the intent of brain-washing the young and dividing every person in the country against everyone else on some level!

  • January 13, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    The TN Legislature needs to STOP funding UT and any other school that requires “diversity training”.

    That is the only thing they will understand.

  • January 13, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Go Woke, Go Broke!
    A student is free to study anything they can pay for. What will diversity do for them ,except reduce the funds available for competent instructors. IMO

  • January 13, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    I wish the Tennessee Conservative would do as it promotes when it states “Get in the Fight” and tell us IN THIS ARTICLE where we can express our CRT concerns and overarching and exorbitant response to so many UT departments and facets of UTK like. My gosh, you’d think the whole campus was a bunch of racists with the amount of official actions going on by the various UTK departments and Administration. As Mark Levin points out in American Marxist…give us the direction and ammo and we…your readers will aim and fight and express our anti-CRT feelings. This is nuts! As 21st Century Christians we have worked hard to NOT be racist and the reforms taken in the last 60 years has brought REAL racial healing and long term improvement until CRT/BLM/American Marxism has largely torn down this hard fought fight.

    • January 13, 2022 at 10:28 pm

      Read Marks book. Great book and the history is something else. This is a must read. If anyone wants the book get in touch with me I will send you my copy as I am finished with it.

  • January 13, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    I guess this is a polite way to say no white student, professors allowed. Well that is straight and to the point. I can’t believe the state is letting these universities get away with this. Pull all state funding from these schools. Next there will be signs NO WHITES ALLOWED!!!!

  • January 13, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Kick his un-tenured rear in the unemployment line. Tenn. does not want nor need racist like this.

  • January 14, 2022 at 12:17 am

    Yeah, that CRT sh*t is like a fungus. Pops up everywhere it seems like, and I deeply resent it being allowed to ooze into grade schools…
    But this is college. These young people are aware. They’ve likely already made up their minds and should be allowed to do so.

    “Woke” is idiocy. I’m confident the majority are beginning to see the truth through the propaganda.

  • January 20, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    CRT is an enigma. Just because one is unhappy with their history doesn’t mean it can wipe out the history of someone else. The truth has been told in the past of slavery, treatment of Native Americans and other indigenous people in United States history. No Country in the world has ever continued to beat the dead horse of horse. We are where we are today because those too caught up in “Woe is me” instead of “how hard should I work” to improve my place in the world. No one holds anyone down that doesn’t have the courage and incentive to be held down. Is it tough? Of course it is. Get off your butt and do something about it. Not rioting and looting. Any fool can do that. Be your own Person, not someone’s tool. You can’t get ahead if you’re walking on another’s back. You’re merely holding them back because you want to take what they’ve worked for to take care of you while you languish at home with your hand out. Carry your own weight instead of piggybacking on someone else’s labor.


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