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Mission, Vision, and Values

Throughout our tenure, EOA’s purpose has been to recognize the humanity of well-qualified, historically under-represented individuals and help them access employment opportunities, resources, services, educational and ancillary programs, and university facilities at UTK, UTIA, UT Athletics, UTSI, IPS, UTF, and the UT System.


To provide leadership in education and compliance to develop and enhance diversity and equity for the personal and institutional growth of the university community.


To promote an environment where every individual has equal opportunities to contribute, learn, and participate in a global community.


Professional Development: We are dedicated to the professional development of our staff.
Professionalism and Integrity: We employ professionalism and integrity in all our interactions with the university community.
Customer Service: We are committed to superior customer service to the university community in all aspects of EOA responsibilities.
Collaboration: We acknowledge that everyone’s (internal and external) contribution is important to EOA.
Equity: We provide objective and fair services and processes.
Competency: We provide superior and knowledgeable service.
Creativity and Innovation: We apply concepts, ideas, and approaches to improve our process, customer service, and programs.