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Where in the World is Smokey?

Strolling the Beaches of St. Kitts


Rita Sanders Geier is associate to the UT Knoxville Chancellor and helps lead intercultural efforts and implement goals of the university's diversity plan and Ready for the World initiative. She is also a senior fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. She sent this photo, taken in January 2008 on St. Kitts.

Geier joined UT in September 2007, but even before that she played a significant in UT history. Thirty-nine years ago she sued the state of Tennessee to desegregate its higher education system has come back to help lead diversity efforts at the state's flagship institution. The suit resulted in the 2001 Geier Consent Decree, which provided $77 million in state funds over six years to diversify student populations and faculty of all state higher education institutions. Since then, more than 1,300 black students have benefited from Geier-funded scholarships at UT Knoxville. Black enrollment on the Knoxville campus has grown from 6.4 percent in 2001 to 8.2 percent in 2006. The Geier Consent Decree was dismissed in 2006.

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