From the Senior Vice President
and Senior Vice Chancellor

June 19, 2020

Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the celebration of the end of slavery in the US. It's a critically important day in the history of our nation. Across the country, protests, rallies, and community dialogues continue to raise social justice and racial reconciliation as issues that must be faced. The conversations that we're having are important, and in the words of Governor Lee, "The goal has been to put a voice to experiences that I haven't had."

We were very fortunate to have Lelan Statom from News Channel 5 join us today to share his voice with us. Thanks to everyone who joined us to hear Lelan's message. For those who couldn't attend today's Fireside Chat, be sure to take the time to view the recording and hear a strong, positive message about how the Institute can be instrumental in leading change and advocating for justice for all.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not subsided, so we must all remain diligent in our efforts to reduce the transmission of this virus. Wash your hands frequently, wear your face mask in public places, stay six feet apart, and complete the employee self-check daily. We'll keep the Institute healthy while remaining productive as we serve our students and patients, conduct our research, and deliver education to Tennessee communities.

With Father's Day this weekend, it's a wonderful time to remember and celebrate the men who have helped us become who we are. To everyone, I appreciate all that you do for the Institute of Agriculture.


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