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The University of Tennessee, Martin

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
200 Administration Building
Martin, Tennessee 38238
(731) 881-7020
Email address
School Information
"The University of Tennessee at Martin provides high-quality undergraduate and graduate educational programs to West Tennessee and beyond. From the founding in 1900 of Hall-Moody Institute, through the establishment in 1927 of UT Junior College, to today’s status as a comprehensive public university, UT Martin is committed to preparing students for success in the global economy. The main campus is located in Northwest Tennessee about 125 miles northeast of Memphis, 150 miles northwest of Nashville and 60 miles north of Jackson. Educational Outreach teaching centers in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, and Selmer, and dual-enrollment course offerings in Tennessee high schools, bring UT Martin academic programs to people across West Tennessee. UT Martin is home to UT Online, the University of Tennessee’s online programs for both undergraduate and graduate education" (Source: Furthermore, "UT Martin offers more than 100 academic areas of study within 18 undergraduate degree programs. Five graduate degrees are offered with 22 specialized concentrations" (Source: The student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. The university has an enrollment of 6,700.
General Information
The University of Tennessee at Martin has engaged in numerous DEI initiatives, including the implementation of a strategic plan. The university plans to soon offer courses on race and diversity. UTM campus police have been given diversity training. Furthermore, DEI training will soon be offered to the campus community. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Goal three of UTM's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan states, "Facilitate recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students." The plan also states that UTM intends to "involve current students of diverse backgrounds to help the recruitment efforts by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by summer 2023."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, the university will continue Captain's Courageous Conversations which will "engage students in meaningful and challenging conversations around racial justice and other diversity issues."
  • In 2020-2021, the school stated that, "opportunities will be offered to participate in multiple conversations, external training and programming centered on the cultural climate across UT Martin."
  • Goal three of UTM's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan states, "Highlight university policies and procedures regarding diversity and inclusion through increased training for faculty and staff."
  • UTM's Division of Access and Engagement will assist the university in achieving its goals by "providing the UTM community with educational and training experiences that improve awareness, knowledge, and cultural competencies that aid in understanding and managing a global community."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, the university will "Review Proposals for New Courses on Race and Diversity through the Faculty Senate."
Disciplinary Measures
  • UTM outlines methods for reporting a bias incident that is either experienced or witnessed by campus community members and defines bias as "any act that is motivated, in whole or in part, due to an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity or expression...."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • In April 2021, the UTM campus police attended diversity training.
  • On February 23, 2021, the university hosted its annual Civil Rights Conference where Robin DiAngelo, author of “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism,” discussed white fragility and its impact on society.
  • For the 2020-21 academic year, the university will hire a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
  • For the 2020-2021 academic year, the school announced, "The Strategic Plan Goal 3 Implementation Task Force has been busy this spring working on UT Martin’s first diversity statement, which has been submitted to our cabinet for vetting. The task force’s current work is focused on the establishment of a comprehensive and clearly articulated university-wide diversity plan. This process will involve faculty, staff and students across the university and provide measurables for accountability."
  • The university plans to "increase faculty diversity" for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • The university states that, in 2020-2021, "The Office of Human Resources will collaborate with the Diversity and Inclusion Goal Strategic Planning Implementation Team to develop a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan to augment the campus diversity plan."
  • The school states, "UT Martin is committed to providing an open and welcoming campus, which is why an inclusion task force was formed under the five-year Strategic Plan, implemented in 2018, to ensure the campus is diverse and inclusive for all."
  • The university has an Office of Equity and Diversity.
  • During the February 2022 annual Civil Rights Conference, one of the numerous events discussed "Critical Race Theory: What It Is and What It Isn't" and was hosted by the Weakley County Reconciliation Project virtually.
  • UTM Libraries provide social justice resources which include the following book titles: "Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice in Higher Education" by Beth Berila, "Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups" by Diane J. Goodman and "Social Justice Issues and Racism in the College Classroom: Perspectives from Different Voices" by Dannielle Joy Davis. 
  • On October 20, 2023, UTM's "Dr. Henry H. Parker Speaker Series" featured Ibram X. Kendi, author of "How to be an Antiracist."
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs at UTM provides support to "underrepresented students" and "seeks to identify [their] academic, cultural, economic, and social needs."
Last updated March 13th, 2024
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