Roane State announces date for first Virtual Equity Evening

Last month, Roane State Community College issued a statement condemning systemic racism and voiced support for all members of our campus community engaged in peaceful protests against injustice. As part of that statement, the college committed to take a number of actions including hosting “Equity Evenings.” The first in a series of these virtual gatherings has now been scheduled for Thursday, July 23, at 6 p.m. ET.

Roane State students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of the communities served by the college are invited to take part in the discussion. Information on how to join the Zoom session will soon be posted online at

Equity Evenings will help begin an open and respectful conversation about equity and justice in a safe, virtual space for sharing and listening. The goal of the sessions will be to identify ways Roane State can support every member of its community to work, learn, grow and succeed. Roane County’s Chapter of the NAACP is partnering with the college on this effort and will be heavily involved in Equity Evenings and additional discussions going forward.

“I’d like to thank our newly expanded equity and inclusion team as well as our students and community partners for sharing their experiences with us,” Roane State President Dr. Chris Whaley said. “These important conversations will lead us to solutions that improve Roane State’s learning environment for everyone. As much as these discussions are meant to be learning opportunities, they will also be ‘unlearning’ opportunities as we work to become better listeners, recognize our shortcomings and make necessary changes.”

Additional information leading up to the Equity Evening sessions will be shared on Roane State’s social media accounts. Questions or comments can be submitted by emailing

As always, Roane State’s Counseling Services stands ready to help any student, faculty, or staff member during this time. Counselors can be reached by emailing

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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