Welcome, Vol State Students!

My name is Jeff King, and I am the new Manager of Diversity and Inclusion in the Student Services Department.  I joined the Vol State family on July 16th and have enjoyed my first few weeks on campus. I was so excited to finally get the semester underway and look forward to meeting many of you in the course of the new school year.

Along with Mrs. Lori Miller, Administrative Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion, our mission at Vol State is to help increase awareness and celebrate diversity on our campus and in the community. This mission, in our view, is completely inclusive of EVERY Vol State student, faculty and staff member. In other words, if you are at Vol State in any capacity, regardless of your background, you are a valuable component of the diversity we will continue to grow and celebrate throughout the year. Your contribution to the dialogue is vitally important, and we hope you will join us in helping illuminate the rich diversity we enjoy at Vol State.

Throughout the year, we will sponsor and co-sponsor numerous programs which touch the many layers of diversity. We will challenge and interrogate our own beliefs and preconceived notions and hopefully come away with a better understanding of each other. At the end of your journey at Vol State, you should be well equipped to engage as a global citizen wherever you land after leaving our campus. So, please visit our blog often to comment, suggest programming ideas and let us know how we can best serve you. Our office in Wood 217 is open to all, even though it might be more efficient to set an appointment as we know many of you have hectic class schedules and other commitments. You may contact us at 615.230.3461 or email: diversityandinclusion@volstate.edu. Please come by and let us get to know each other. If there is anything we can do to help you succeed at Vol State and it is within our power, we are happy to assist.

I look forward to a wonderful school year and meeting many of you in the weeks to come.

Best wishes for a great semester,

Jeff S. King
Diversity and Inclusion
Student Services