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University of Tennessee Inclusive Leadership Academy (UTILA)

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What is the UTILA?

The Office of Human Resources, Learning and Organizational Development, in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Engagement, offers the University of Tennessee Inclusive Leadership Academy (UTILA). This academy is designed to embody the mission, vision and values of the University of Tennessee while reinforcing the leadership behaviors that are essential for advancing diversity and inclusion.

The purpose of the UTILA is to provide a thoughtful and intentional learning experience that will equip leaders with the content knowledge, leadership behaviors, and support to effectively lead our diverse workforce and create a culture of inclusion.

Who is the target audience?
The UTILA is designed for exempt staff and faculty who will create a cohort learning experience. UTILA is an open opportunity for leaders across campus to engage in the cohort structure through an application/selection process. Cohort size is capped at 25 participants per cohort.

What are the requirements?
The UTILA consists of 9 in-person sessions that are two hours each, and two additional cohort capstone work sessions The UTILA utilizes the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as an assessment of intercultural competence during the sessions. Extended learning is also required through the use of between session readings, video reviews and reflection assignments. To uphold the integrity of the UTILA cohort structure, participants are expected to attend all sessions and complete all extended work by assignment deadlines. In addition, there is a cohort capstone project that is presented by the cohort to their peers, leaders, and instrumental constituents.

What is extended learning?

There will be between session assignments designed to continue reflection and examination of content beyond in-person sessions.

How can you be involved?
Complete a UTILA application, provide a letter of impact, and a letter of support from your direct leader. UTLIA cohort application will be open for submissions on May 24, 2021. The application deadline will be June 21 and will be closed at that time.

What happens upon completion?

Upon successful completion of the University of Tennessee Inclusive Leadership Academy, the participants will be awarded a UT Inclusive Leaders pin and a certificate acknowledging program completion as a representation of their commitment to creating an inclusive campus.

Contact information:

For additional information please contact Learning and Organizational Development via email:

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