We are upset by the violent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others. We also recognize the difficulty of being #BlackInNature like Christian Cooper. We condemn all racism & brutality; and we will uplift, follow, & amplify the voices of the black community.

-the EPP Diversity and Inclusion Committee


EPP Diversity, Equity, Inclusion - Overview

EPP values and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. We have an active committee of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to this mission and we are currently creating an official EPP diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.

Upcoming Events (click here for full EPP calendar)

There are no upcoming events at this time

Where are we from?

As you can see below, we already have students, staff, faculty, and alumni from all over the world! This map was created in 2019 and will be updated every January.

EPP Diversity Statement

We are committed to a diverse, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive environment. We welcome students, postdoctoral research associates, visiting scholars, and others regardless of age, appearance, disability status, gender, gender identity, geographic background, marital/partnered status, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, and all other characteristics that make each of us unique. We continually work to create an inclusive environment that reflects the diversity of society in general. We aim to cultivate an environment built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect. We believe diversity brings together a wide range of abilities, experiences, perspectives, and world views that are crucial to enriching experiences and addressing challenging research questions.

EPP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The EPP Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is responsible for making diversity and inclusion visible; celebrating, recognizing, and encouraging progress; identifying ways to make the department more engaged and inclusive; and increasing awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion. The committee will lead development, assessment, and revision of an EPP diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.

Committee Procedures

The Committee meets at least once each semester to propose resources, programs, and services to maximize diversity and inclusion support among department members and visitors. The Committee’s goals and supporting action items are developed with the overarching objective of having diversity and inclusion become embedded into how the department members and visitors engage. For example, the committee will champion inclusivity, equity, and diversity in research, teaching, and extension activities. The chair of the committee will report to the Department Head as needed.

Current Committee Membership

Other Diversity and Inclusion Resources

On Campus

Local – Knoxville

On Campus Trainings

Helpful Calendars

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Dr. Rebecca Trout Fryxell


2505 E.J. Chapman Drive
371 Ellington Plant Sciences Building
Knoxville, TN 37996