Dr. Anovia Slaughter named UTC Ombuds

Dear UTC campus community,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Anovia Slaughter has been selected as the new University Ombuds, a pivotal role in higher education that fosters an equitable, supportive and transparent campus environment. Her appointment is effective June 28.

The University Ombuds provides impartial, informal, independent and confidential conflict resolution services to all UTC faculty and staff in accordance with the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice established by the International Ombuds Association. The position uses exceptional judgment, knowledge of the institution, and advanced concepts in conflict resolution to handle cases that may involve sensitive issues that have the potential for costly outcomes if not addressed.

The ombuds’ position is neither an advocate for any individual nor the University, but rather an advocate for fairness who acts as a source of information and referral in answering an individual’s questions, and assists in the resolution of concerns and critical situations. Dr. Slaughter will be responsible for assisting in the informal resolution of disputes, providing confidential consultations, advocating for fairness, and connecting individuals to appropriate resources within the University.

Anovia brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to promoting fairness and equity within the University setting. With a background in mediation and victim support services, she is well-equipped to handle the complexities of this role while serving as a valuable resource.

Her extensive background includes serving as a State of Tennessee Rule 31 independent family/domestic and civil law mediator, overseeing all operations of victim support services for Partnership for Families, Children and Adults, and spending 12 years as a marriage and relationship educator for First Things First.

Since 2021, she has been a UTC criminal justice faculty member teaching a wide range of courses, including Introduction to the Criminal Justice System; Gender Based Violence; and Race, Class, Gender and Crime. She has also been an online adjunct faculty member in the Grand Canyon University (Arizona) Justice Studies Department and the Ocean County College (New Jersey) Criminal Justice Department since 2019.

As University Ombuds, Anovia will provide a safe and confidential space for individuals to voice concerns, explore options, and receive guidance on University policies and procedures. She will play a critical role in enhancing our campus climate and ensuring that every member of our community feels heard and supported.

For more information on the role of the University Ombuds and the services provided, please visit the UTC Ombuds webpage.

I am grateful to the members of the search committee, led by Vice Provost Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, for selecting a talented set of finalists for this crucial position.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Anovia Slaughter on her new role. I am confident that her expertise and dedication will be instrumental in upholding our UTC values and promoting a fair and equitable campus.


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