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Celebrating Success with Assessment: Multicultural Student Life (MSL)

Multicultural Student Life (MSL) in collaboration with the UTK Chapter of the NAACP recently hosted the 15th Annual Black Issues Conference. With 222 people in attendance, we were able to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and local community members to engage in dialogue on topics affecting the African American community. Overall, 216 attendees responded and provided very positive feedback on the keynote speaker, April Ryan, and breakout session topics. A few surveys indicated that session speakers were “engaging and informative” while being “easy to listen to” and having a “great presentation”. However, some attendees expressed an interest to have more time allotted for breakout sessions and for Q & A with the keynote speaker. One attendee noted, “the session I attended was great, but it needed more time to go in more depth”. Because of this feedback, moving forward Multicultural Student Life and NAACP plan to extend the time for breakout sessions and the keynote speaker and shorten the lunch period. The planning committee will also work to continue to bring speakers that students, faculty, staff, and community members are excited to hear from, as many individuals said they enjoyed April Ryan and wish they could have asked additional questions.