Tennessee Human Rights Commission director to speak about minority women on Feb. 10

The popular soul food dinner, presented annually by Tennessee Tech University’s Minority Affairs Office, is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the Tech Pride Room of the Roaden University Center.

Beverly Watts, executive director of the State of Tennessee’s Human Rights Commission, will be the featured dinner speaker, and her topic will address the plight of minority women.

The event is a part of campus activities planned in observance of Black History Month.
Watts was appointed executive director of the Tennessee Human Rights Commission in July 2007. She has more than 25 years of civil rights enforcement and education experience in the public and private sector.

From October 2004 to October 2006, she served as the first executive director of the National Fair Housing Training Academy, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the July 2005 induction to the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame, which she created in 2000.

She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, Southern Illinois University, and has attended Duke University Leadership Program for State Executives and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The dinner is free for TTU students and $5 for the public.

For more information about this event, call TTU’s Minority Affairs office at 931/372-3392.
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