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Seeing the World in Memphis!

UTHSC’s Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) presents the Diversity Passport Program experience for the 2019-20 academic school year. The passport allows members of the UTHSC community to see, participate, taste, learn, listen, read and immerse themselves in a diverse and inclusive Memphis!

The Diversity Passport Program will allow for students, trainees, faculty and staff to actively engage in communal reflections of diversity on campus and beyond! It serves to encourage attendance to existing programs/events as well as offer new opportunities for the campus community to experience diversity and inclusion in a multitude of new, fun, informative and exciting ways. Come take this experiential journey to bridging global connections without having to leave the city!  Passport activities start in October 2019. 

Program Details

Interested members of the UTHSC community should apply for the program during one of several tabling efforts. A lottery will then take place to choose a select number of candidates to participate in the first cohort of the Diversity Passport Program. Once you receive notification from OED, you will have twenty-four (24) hours to confirm your participation in the program for the 2019-20 academic year. It is important to remember that selection does not guarantee you will be a participant in the cohort with access to the necessary platforms to successfully complete the program.

Once selected, the fun begins! There are thirty (30) points that each participant must accumulate in order to complete the program. Twenty-one and a half (21.5) credits are mandatory, eight and a half (8.5) credits are electives and therefore up to you to pick. At the end of the academic  year, participants will capture pictures and reflect on the four (4) themes given for the Diversity Photo Contest as a conclusive activity for the program. Participants who complete enough courses will participate in a lottery for prizes including 1st-5th place winners. However, ALL participants will receive a certificate of completion signed by OED’s very own assistant vice chancellor/ chief diversity officer, Dr. Michael Alston!

Diversity Passport Booklet
  • “More Than a Word”
  • TedTalk: What Does My Scarf Mean to You?
  • Win Chesson: Why Gender-Inclusive Language Matters
  • Poverty Simulation Participation
  • “Purple Thursday” photo
  • Self-Defense course
  • Diversity & Inclusion Book Club (2 books)
  • Read 2 news stories/articles & write reflections
  • Fall lecture
  • Spring lecture
  • Diversity & Inclusion 101
  • Your Communication Type
  • Unconscious Bias (2 sessions)
  • IAT (3 post sessions)
  • Cultural Humility
  • Johari Window
  • Red Fish
  • Power of Life, Southern Hands, Coletta’s OR Soi No.9*
  • Miss Peggy’s Healthy Home Cooking
  • Four Way Grill
  • Frida’s Restaurante
  • Sabor Caribe
  • Pho Binh
  • Hueys

*Participants will only receive credit for ONE restaurant in the Madison Plaza Food Court

  • Local university tour
  • National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Resource Fair
  • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
  • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
  • Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • The C.H. Museum at Chucalissa
  • Lichterman & CESA Awards Ceremony
  • Misc. UTHSC Event that exhibits diversity/inclusion
  • Misc. Community Event that exhibits diversity/inclusion

Last Published: Oct 25, 2019