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Yassin Terou, Tyvi Small, Theotis Robinson Jr.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Communication and Information hosted the 13th annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet virtually April 9. Civil rights pioneer Theotis Robinson Jr. served as the keynote speaker, and two individuals who have made outstanding contributions to diversity and inclusion were presented with the 2021 CCI Diversity Award: Tyvi Small, vice chancellor for diversity and engagement, and Yassin Terou, owner of Yassin’s Falafel House in Knoxville.

The theme of this year’s event was “Rise Up!” A variety of multicultural performances took place throughout the evening, including dramatic performances by members of the Diversity Student Leaders Society.

The college has presented the CCI Diversity Award since Robinson accepted the first honor in 2009. Click here for the full list of CCI Diversity Award winners.


Amanda Pruitt, (865-974-6727,