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The UT Libraries Diversity Committee and Office for Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a series of “Lunch and Learn” discussions surrounding the theme of difficult conversations.

The first Lunch and Learn will be held on at noon on Tuesday, September 15, in the Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library. The facilitator will be Ernest Brothers, associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship. Brothers will facilitate a discussion on how to promote civility on campus while recognizing and appreciating the diversity of individual and collective abilities and achievements.

Brothers has a PhD in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. He based his research on the retention of minorities in STEM fields at predominantly White institutions.

The second Lunch and Learn is at noon on Wednesday, October 21, in Hodges Library Room 605.

The facilitator will be Ferlin McGaskey, assistant director of the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. McGaskey will facilitate a discussion on bullying in social media and what affect these digital discussions have on current and ongoing difficult conversations regarding civil unrest.

Bring a lunch; snacks are provided.

The Lunch and Learn Series is sponsored by the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism.