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UTHSC Office of Equity and Diversity

COVID-19 Resources


The Office of Equity and Diversity is Open and Available to Assist. You can reach us by telephone call, or we can set up a meeting via Zoom

We are here to help. For additonal information and resources visit this page

With the current transition of all courses moving online due to COVID-19, we know many of you may feel more disconnected. University resources and supports are available and listed here.

While our office is open and ready to help remotely, there are also additional federal and state resources available. You are not alone. 

The Office of Equity and Diversity serves the University of Tennessee Health Science Center employees, students, residents, fellows, post docs and others in the areas of affirmative action, equal employment opportunity and compliance, diversity and inclusion and education, training and development.

Mission and Vision

The Office of Equity and Diversity is committed to promoting inclusion, respect and the inherent value of all students, faculty and staff within the University of Tennessee Health Science Center community. As a comprehensive Health Science Center, diversity on our campus promotes a positive learning environment as well as having a positive impact on attitudes of the university community.

According to Pathways to Diversity, Diversity is defined as the "differences among people with respect to age, class, ethnicity, gender, physical and mental abilities, race, sexual orientation, spiritual practice and other human differences." To ignore the importance of diversity on our campus will result in the following: increased costs in time, money and efficiency; unhealthy tensions between people with differences; loss of productivity because of the increased conflict; the inability to attract and retain talented people of all kinds; complaints and legal actions; and the inability to retain talent resulting in lost investments in recruitment and training.

To increase the campus community's awareness of diversity on our campus, the Office of Equity and Diversity periodically offers training in a variety of diversity issues. To learn more about the trainings offered, please visit the Training Calendar. If you would like to request a custom workshop to be facilitated by OED staff members, please complete the Request a Workshop form.

Meet the Assistant Vice Chancellor


Dr. Michael AlstonDr. Michael Alston, EdD, CCDP/AP, serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Equity and Diversity and is the Title IX Coordinator for UTHSC. Learn more about Dr. Alston and his role.

Last Published: Sep 30, 2020