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Affirmative Action and Desegregation Collection

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0563

This collection contains statistics on minority faculty, staff, and students, plans for desegregation, records of the statewide Desegregation Monitoring Committee, and information relating to the stipulations of Geier fulfillment documenting the enhancement of diversity at the University of Tennessee.

Series I contains affirmative action plans for the UT system and its various campuses. These plans include detailed statistics showing minority participation on campus and strategies for enhancing diversity.

Series II contains the annual reports of the Desegregation Monitoring Committee, including meeting agendas and minutes and Geier information.

Dates

  • 1986-2001

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains statistics on minority faculty, staff, and students, plans for desegregation, records of the statewide Desegregation Monitoring Committee, and information relating to the stipulations of Geier fulfillment documenting the enhancement of diversity at the University of Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Desegregation Monitoring Committee met once per year to address affirmative action and desegregation in higher education in Tennessee. Members included the President of the University of Tennessee and members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission as well as other officials.

In 1968 Rita Sanders (now Rita Sanders Geier) filed suit against the State of Tennessee for violating the law by maintaining a segregated system of higher education. The Federal Court ruled that the State of Tennessee had an affirmative duty to dismantle its dual system of higher education to ensure African-Americans equal access. In 1984, a Stipulation of Settlement was entered by the Court to remedy past wrongs and ensure equal access. On January 4, 2001, the Court approved what is now referred to as the Geier Consent Decree.

Arrangement

Collection consists of three boxes divided into two series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Affirmative Action Plans, 1998-2001
  2. Series II: Desegregation Monitoring Committee Materials, 1985-2003

Acquisition Note

Collection was transferred to University Archives.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480