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OFFICE OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION OPEN HOUSE - NOVEMBER 21, 2019
Dr. Keith Johnson, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion welcomed faculty, staff, students, and community members on November 21, 2019 for an Office of Equity and Inclusion open house. The Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Disability Services, Language and Culture Resource Center, Multicultural Center, Veterans Affairs, University Compliance, and Women's Studies were all present at the event. Guests enjoyed fresh popcorn, hot apple cider, giveaways, and the pencil drawing talent of Lynn Myers, Director Grant Accounting.
1ST ANNUAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION CONFERENCE
ETSU’s 1st Annual Equity and Inclusion Conference held September 26-27, 2019 drew participation from over 130 students, faculty and staff. The keynote speaker was Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic of inclusion and diversity within higher education.
KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR VISITS ETSU AS PART OF ANNUAL CIVILITY WEEK ACTIVITIES
NBA legend, author, filmmaker and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited East Tennessee State University for a moderated Q&A on Thursday, March 28, 2019. His appearance was part of ETSU’s annual Civility Week, which held March 25-30, 2019.
EASTMAN IN COLLABORATION WITH ETSU OFFICE OF EQUITY AND DIVERSITY, First Tennessee, Milligan College and Northeast State Community College hosts Layon Gray’s award winning historical docudrama, Black Angels Over Tuskegee - Straighten Up, Fly Right.
A docudrama of six men embarking upon a journey to become the first black aviators in the United States Army Air Forces is inspired by true events. An uplifting night of inspiration was held in the Toy F. Reid Employee Center.
THE OFFICE OF EQUITY AND DIVERSITY HOSTS A PANEL DISCUSSION TITLED “LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD”
Special panelists included the Rev. Harold Middlebrook, a longtime friend of King, and Adam Dickson, vice mayor and alderman of the Town of Jonesborough and adjunct faculty member in the ETSU Department of Political Science, International Affairs and Public Administration. The event was featured in association with a variety of activities celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE OFFICE OF EQUITY AND DIVERSITY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MULTICULTURAL CENTER HOSTS, “The Meeting”
ETSU Department News
DEAN RANDY WYKOFF, COLLEGE OF PUBLIC HEALTH, SHARES THOUGHTS ON CURRENT SOCIAL MOVEMENT
Dr. Randy Wykoff shares some thoughts in the video below on the current social movement in our country. It is his hope that the video is able to provide a brief fact-based interpretation of what is happening in our country and also to provide a “public health” approach to understanding what is going on. As with all on-going social and public health challenges, the issues are complex, evolving, and long-standing, and he certainly doesn’t pretend to know all of the relevant information. However, his hope is that the video is, at least, helpful in framing the on-going dialogue in a way that might permit us to identify and develop potential solutions.
STEMPOSIUM FOR GIRLS - MARCH 12, 2020
The annual STEMposium gave students from across Northeast Tennessee an opportunity to engage in various hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities. The girls ages 12-18 completed activities in fields including robotics, pharmacy tech, biomedical studies, graphic design, digital media and mathematics, just to name a few.
The annual event is held in partnership with organizations including the ETSU's College of Business and Technology, Quillen College of Medicine, and Clemmer College of Education, and companies such as Eastman Chemical Co., Nuclear Fuel Services Inc., and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS (NSBE) establishes chapter at ETSU
JOHNSON CITY (June 24, 2019)– Members of a newly established chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers are discovering job opportunities and attaining new sought-after skills and credentials while attending East Tennessee State University.
The Office of Equity and Diversity provided assistance for 19 students to attend the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 45th Annual Convention in Detroit alongside 12,000 aspiring and practicing engineers, educators and representatives of more than 200 academic institutions, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations. https://www.etsu.edu/news/2019/06-jun/nr_nsbe_chapter.aspx
For more information about Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Surveying, visit the College of Business and Technology website - https://www.etsu.edu/cbat/applieddesign/
ETSU Faculty News
Dr. Elwood Watson Named Co-Editor of Esteemed Academic Journal
BHOPAL, India — The Current Research Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (the journal) has announced the selection of Elwood Watson, Ph.D. as the new co-editor in chief. The journal is a distinguished international publication comprised of editors and contributors from dozens of major colleges and universities worldwide.
Dr. Watson teaches African American Studies, Gender Studies, Popular Culture, and Post-World War II U.S. History at East Tennessee State University, where he has worked as a professor in the department of history for 20 years. He is a prolific writer, author, speaker, and cultural critic on leading social justice issues of race and gender equality, as well as diversity and inclusion in academia.
“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Elwood Watson to this critically important position,” the journal’s editorial board said in a statement.
Dr. Keith Johnson named to state cohort on college completion
JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Keith Johnson, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at East Tennessee State University, is one of 30 leaders from across the state selected as the newest cohort for the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute (CTLI).
By 2025, at least half of the jobs in Tennessee will require some type of postsecondary credential, according to data from the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee; latest figures from the Lumina Foundation put Tennessee’s college attainment rate at 45%. Since 2016, CTLI has created a space where leaders from across Tennessee collectively focus on eliminating barriers to postsecondary education and completion.
“The mission of CTLI is to ensure that all Tennesseans have equitable access to a high-quality postsecondary opportunity and the supports necessary for completion,” said David Mansouri, President and CEO of State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenge for students even greater by worsening the systemic inequities. We applaud the members of this year’s cohort for their commitment to tackle these tough issues and improve outcomes for Tennessee’s postsecondary students.”
Johnson is the first person to hold the title of vice president for equity and inclusion at ETSU, where he is also chair of the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology and Surveying in the College of Business and Technology. Originally from Cambridge, Maryland, Johnson has two degrees in engineering technology from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He joined ETSU in 1993.
The 30 individuals who comprise the CTLI cohort represent higher education, K-12 education, government, business and industry, and the non-profit sector.
SCORE continues to partner with The Hunt Institute, a national leader in the movement to transform public education, to help design learning opportunities for CTLI and serve as an out-of-state voice to lead participants in translating their learning into action.
“The Hunt Institute is excited to work with this new cohort of CTLI leaders at a time when supporting higher education students is more important than ever,” said The Hunt Institute President and CEO Dr. Javaid Siddiqi. “I have no doubt that this diverse group of Tennesseans will effectively champion higher education reform efforts in their local communities, and we look forward to supporting those efforts in partnership with SCORE.”
“By bringing together Tennessee leaders from a broad range of sectors and backgrounds to engage in educational opportunities and address challenges in Tennessee higher education, CTLI creates a diverse network of committed leaders to serve as champions for postsecondary students,” said SCORE Chief Postsecondary Impact Officer Dr. Russ Wigginton. “These leaders will drive needed change at all levels of higher education — local, regional, and state — to improve postsecondary access, persistence, and success for Tennessee students.”
Over the coming year, this group will work together — meeting virtually to start and in person when safe and appropriate — to identify barriers to postsecondary education in Tennessee and advocate within their communities to drive systemic change.
The State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) believes all Tennessee students deserve success in college, career, and life. SCORE supports a unified and coordinated approach to education – from kindergarten through postsecondary – focused on helping all students complete high school and postsecondary education, earning the diplomas and credentials needed for a rewarding career. An independent, nonprofit, and nonpartisan advocacy and research institution, SCORE was founded in 2009 by Senator Bill Frist, MD, former US Senate Majority Leader. SCORE measures success by the academic growth and achievement of Tennessee’s students. Learn more at tnscore.org.
An affiliate of the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, The Hunt Institute is a recognized leader in the movement to transform public education. Marshaling expertise from a nationwide partner network since it was established in 2001, The Institute brings together people and resources that help build and nurture visionary leadership and mobilize strategic action for greater educational outcomes and student success. Learn more at hunt-institute.org.
News Release August 14, 2020
Office of University Relations
Contact: Joe Smith, Executive Assistant to the President for University Relations/Chief Communications Officer
UCIDEIA, BY DR. FELIPE FIUZA, DIRECTOR OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE RESOURCE CENTER
Ucideia is a made-up word. It is a word inspired by Homer Odyssey, which in Portuguese is called Odisseia. While Ulysses, or Odysseus, is Ulisses.
Ucideia portrays poems about the travels of Ucides Cordatus, the scientific name of the swamp ghost crab that can be found all over the Atlantic Coast, including in Dr. Fiuza's home town, Vitoria, an Island connected to the continent by bridges. The poems in the book, then, revisit his own travels and reflect on what it means to be an immigrant, the impact traveling has in the development of ourselves, and the relationship between human and nature.
This book won first place in the fourth literary competition of the Federal University of Espírito Santo Press in the poetry category, and it has poems in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.
DR. FELIPE FIUZA, DIRECTOR LANGUAGE AND CULTURE RESOURCE CENTER SELECTED OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY LEADER
The South Eastern Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has selected Dr. Felipe Fiuza as an Outstanding Community Leader. He will be recognized at the 88th Annual Regional Conference at a public meeting to be held on February 27, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Knoxville Convention Center. This year's regional conference theme is "2020 Vision: The Pinnacle of Excellence" which is in keeping with their national program theme "Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service". The conference will engage, enlighten and energize their members to continue to provide excellence in service to individuals and communities.
DR. ELWOOD WATSON, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES, AND WOMEN'S STUDIES TO TEACH MEN & MASCULINITIES - SPRING 2020
Want to analyze the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and masculinity with particular focus on the social and political consequences of associating violence, defense, protection, and financial providence with masculinity? Take WMST 3410: Men & Masculinities with Dr. Watson this Spring, 2020. You’ll be glad you did!
Congratulations to Dr. Watson on the recent publication of his new book KEEPIN' IT REAL: ESSAYS ON RACE IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICA. His publisher, the University of Chicago Press, has this to say about the book: Keepin’ It Real presents a wide-ranging group of essays that take on key aspects of the current landscape surrounding racial issues in America, including the place of the Obamas, the rise of the alt-right and White nationalism, Donald Trump, Colin Kaepernick and the backlash against his protests, Black Lives Matter, sexual politics in the black community, and much more. America’s racial problems aren’t going away any time soon. Keepin’ It Real will serve as a marker of the arguments we’re having right now, and an argument for the changes we need to make to become the better nation we’ve long imagined ourselves to be.
The Johnson City Press published this article about Dr. Watson and his important new book. Check it out
DR. TERENCE HICKS PUBLISHES NEW BOOK ON FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS
Dr. Terence Hicks, a professor at East Tennessee State University, is the co-editor of a new book, “First-Generation College Student Research Studies.” This is his eighth book, with two more forthcoming next year.
The book presents the work of a group of dynamic scholars from institutions across the country. Focusing on the first-generation college student population, the authors examine topics such as college choice, social experiences, dual credit on academic success, lifestyles and health status professional identity and teaching practices.
Hicks, who teaches in the Clemmer College’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, notes that the collection of empirical studies in this text contributes greatly to the research literature regarding the role that educational leaders have in educating first-generation college students. Read the full article in the Johnson City Press.
DR. ELWOOD WATSON PUBLISHES NEW BOOK
Dr. Elwood Watson, a professor of history, African American studies and gender studies at East Tennessee State University has authored a new book, "Keepin' It Real: Essays on Race in Contemporary America". Watson's latest book covers various current topics relating to race in the United States.
MEET THE ETSU RESIDENT LIFE DIRECTOR, ADRIANNA GURAM
Adrianna Guram, Associate Director for Residence Life at East Tennessee State University, has been with the university for nearly six years now. In that time, she said she’s enjoyed working with an “incredible team” on a unique campus that feels “just right.” Adrianna’s interview with the JCPress zeros in on some fast facts – hobbies, favorite music genre, foods of choice, and reflections of working for East Tennessee State University. Johnson City Press Article
RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT - FEATURED RESEARCHER
HADII MAMUDU, PhD, MPA, Associate Professor of Public Health
(Aug 2019) - The ETSU College of Public Health is committed to building partnerships with faculty, staff, students and a wide range of regional, national and global partners to conduct research to identify the causes of, and practical solutions to, the most important health challenges facing people living in rural Appalachia and other underserved regions. Mamudu's research area of interest...
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION HONORS DR. KEITH JOHNSON
(Jul 25, 2019) - The American Society of Engineering Education has recognized Dr. Keith Johnson for almost two decades of visionary leadership in engineering technology education at East Tennessee State University.
Since being named chairman of the Department of Engineering, Engineering Technology and Surveying in the College of Business and Technology, Johnson has established five new academic programs, including three graduate concentrations; developed curricula; and led faculty and student growth.
Johnson accepted the 2019 Fredrick J. Berger Award, consisting of an honorarium, engraved medal and plaque, at the ASEE Conference and Exposition in June. The award’s namesake, Berger, was acclaimed for his noteworthy contributions to engineering technology education, including his many years of service to City University of New York and as the longtime executive director and sponsor of Tau Alpha Pi, the professional honor society for engineering technology founded in 1953.
The opportunity to establish and grow new technology-based programming drew Johnson to ETSU after completing his Ph.D. at The Ohio State University. He joined the ETSU faculty in 1993 and helped start the Digital Media program in 2000.
ETSU Student News
ETSU STUDENT Kevanté Drew WORKING TO INCREASE DIVERSITY IN SPEECH, LANGUAGE, AND PATHOLOGY
JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 3, 2020) – East Tennessee State University graduate student Kevanté Drew is using his voice and experience to advocate for more diversity in the speech-language pathology profession on a national platform.
A second-year student in ETSU’s Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Program, Drew was selected to be the Student State Officer for the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA), which has more than 13,000 members.
He also received national exposure as an invited panelist for the NSSLHA, where he addressed racism within communication sciences and disorders programs. In addition, the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing invited him to participate in a panel discussion focusing on the experiences of Black males in SLP. Although that event was cancelled due to COVID-19, the topic of discussion is one that Drew faces every day. Click here to read more.
ETSU 5-STAR GATTON PHARMACY STUDENT RECEIVES NATIONAL DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP ~ IRIS KAMGUE
JOHNSON CITY (July 16, 2019)—Iris Kamgue, a first-year student at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, was honored when she found out that her application for a national diversity scholarship was successful.
“To be selected as one of the five students is quite unbelievable,” said Kamgue, who was awarded by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and CVS Health as a recipient of an $8,000 CVS Health Minority Scholarship for Pharmacy Students. She was chosen from among nearly 400 applications across the country. Gatton College of Pharmacy Website Article - Iris Kamgue
Kamgue was also featured on WCYB NewsCenter5. Out of almost 400 people, Iris was one of five students chosen for the award across the country. The scholarship was based on a combination of her background, GPA, recommendations from professors and an essay written by Iris. “I was shocked,” said Kamgue. “I was like, why me? Why did they pick me out of 399 people? So, it means a lot to me and to my family as well.” Iris Kamgue - Featured article by WCYB5
STUDENT NATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL ASSOCIATION (SNPhA) TAKES HOME NATIONAL HONORS
JOHNSON CITY (July 29, 2019) – East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy's chapter of the Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) continues to excel at the national level by earning Overall Chapter of the Year, competing with 100 other chapters across the country at the organization’s annual convention this weekend in Houston, Texas. In addition, they earned nine other national honors.
“These accomplishments are incredible and continue to demonstrate that our students are competing at the highest levels, against much larger institutions, across the country,” said Dr. Debbie Byrd, pharmacy school dean. “While the awards are great, I’m even more proud of how much our students serve their communities. Last year alone, our P1-P3 students served over 1,600 hours, across 170 service events.” SNPhA takes home national honors - article
PHARMACY SCHOOL RECEIVES GRANT TO SUPPORT FIRST-GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT OUTREACH
JOHNSON CITY (May 15, 2019) – East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy received one of two diversity grants from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Foundation to support the pharmacy school’s commitment to recruiting a diverse student body.
The program at Gatton College of Pharmacy will develop a robust and diverse outreach program aimed at educating, exposing and recruiting pre-health Appalachian first-generation college students to the profession of pharmacy. https://www.etsu.edu/news/2019/05-may/nr_diversity_grant.aspx
Visit the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy website.
Disability Services offers a variety of accommodations and assistance to qualifying students who register with their office. The mission of Disability Services is to provide services and promote an accessible environment which allows people with disabilities an equal opportunity for participation in educational pursuits and other campus activities. For more information visit Disability Services.
SUPREME COURT OKs GREEN CARD RESTRICTIONS FOR THOSE NEEDING AID - JOHNSON CITY PRESS
Felipe Fiuza, director of the Language and Culture Resource Center at East Tennessee State University responded to the recent Supreme Court ruling in an article in the Johnson City Press.
Felipe Fiuza is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where he is also the Director of ETSU's Language and Culture Resource Center. As director of the center, he works towards closing the gap between East Tennessean native speakers of english and people from other languages and cultures through language services, such as interpretation and translation, offered by the center. Felipe's first poetry book, Ucideia, just won first place in a peer-reviewed literary contest from the Federal University of Espírito Santo Press, and as a result will be published by them with a release date of March, 6th, 2020. His research interests are linked to the intersection between literature and cognitive sciences, focusing in Brazilian Literature and in Literature from the Iberian Peninsula.
LGBTQ Faculty/Staff Association
SUPREME COURT RULING - LGBTQ EMPLOYMENT CASE
The Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020 that the federal civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender workers. Read more.
Dr. Patricia Robertson Pride Center
For more information visit the Pride Center website.
Scholarship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from Point Foundation, the nation’s largest provider of scholarships to LGBTQ+ students.
Point Foundation is accepting applications November 1 through January 25, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year. More information regarding eligibility can be found here.
PRIDE MONTH - JUNE 2020
ASPECTS - ALIGNING SUPPORT, PRIDE, EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
Counseling Today, a publication of the American Counseling Association, interviewed Dr. Bethany Novotny, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Human Services for an article entitled Affirming All Shades of the Rainbow. In the article, she talks about her work with ASPECTS - Aligning Support, Pride, Education and Community for Transgender Students. The article brings national attention to Dr. Novotny's work at ETSU and shines light on some of the unique struggles of this marginalized group.
A VETERANS DAY SALUTE TO FORMER ETSU HEAD OF HUMAN RELATIONS
NAVAL CAPTAIN WILLIAM A. COLEMAN, JR.
In 1994, retired Naval Captain William A. Coleman, Jr. was selected as head of Human Relations at ETSU. He retired from that position in 2005.
He logged nearly 20 years at sea in eight different ships, from the smallest, a minesweeper, to a 64,000-ton battleship. He served as second in command of three vessels and as commanding officer of four. As a lieutenant taking command of Minesweeper ADVANCE in 1970, he became the most junior African-American ever to command a Navy warship. During his initial sea tours, he completed four deployments to the Vietnam area of operations.
The mission of the Office of Veterans Affairs is to promote student success at East Tennessee State University. They do this by managing and administering United States Department of Veteran Affairs education benefits, assisting veterans and dependents through the transition from military to academic life, and serving as advisor, liaison, and advocate on campus and in the community. For more information visit Veterans Affairs.
Women's Resource Center and Women's Studies
You are invited to Women's Studies Open Chat--Mondays, this fall!--a virtual living room offering hot tea and honey & an opportunity to connect with others.
Join Women's Studies virtual living room for conversation, to exchange ideas, find out about upcoming events, talk about our research, self-care, or how it feels to do all this remotely.
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Local Community News
AREA MOURNS LOSS OF COMMUNITY 'STALWART' RALPH DAVIS
(July 7, 2019) – Communities in Northeast Tennessee mourned the loss of Ralph Davis, president of the Johnson City/Washington County NAACP chapter and leader in the community, who passed away in Memphis on July 7, 2019. Davis played a major role in advancing civil rights in Johnson City, including persuading the city to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a street bearing his name, working to diversify area schools and was a key organizer of the Umoja Festival, an event that seeks to give attendees “a taste of different cultures and communities.” https://www.birchettemortuary.com/obituaries/Ralph-Davis-23/