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Program Director’s Message

Travis GriffinGreetings!

It is a pleasure to serve as program director for the Office of Diversity Programs (ODP) for the Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The TCE has played an active role and been successful through the years in recruiting, retaining, educating, and graduating African American, Hispanic, Native American, Alaskan Native, Pacific Islanders, and women engineering students. With the implementation of strategic initiatives, the TCE has been very effective through targeted recruiting, scholarship opportunities, and pre-college enrichment activities for incoming 7th – 12th grade students. The development of initiatives has enabled the college to build and sustain a nationally prominent diversity engineering program. In particular, the TCE is currently ranked among the top 50 universities in the nation graduating African-American engineering students and has been ranked among the 50 universities since 1978.

The objective of the ODP is to provide recruitment and retention initiatives for underrepresented students pursuing degrees in engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The program offers academic coaching, scholarships, mentoring, industry tours, and corporate networking opportunities.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is part of the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, National Science Foundation funded program designed to increase the enrollment and graduation rates of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lastly along with 152 universities, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville serves within a nationwide program with the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM). The National GEM Consortium’s primary focus is to administer and award fellowships with paid internships to highly qualified underrepresented students who wish to pursue graduate studies in engineering or science.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the ODP, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Travis Griffin, Program Director
Office of Diversity Programs

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