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Diversity Contest: Implicit Bias
2019 Winners

The theme for the 2019 Diversity Contest was Implicit Bias. Students were asked to consider how implicit bias affected them, their interactions with others, their community, and society.

Projects were accepted in two areas: (1) written expression, (2) arts and performance.

Thank you to all students who participated. Below are the winning entries. First-place winners in each category receive $1,500. Second-place winners in each category receive $1,000, and third-place winners receive $500.

Written Expression

First place

“Invisible Walls” by Megan Wilson of Harriman

Second place

“Entwined” by Amy Helmendach of Knoxville

Third place

“You Don’t Know Me” by Hannah Oran of Oak Ridge

Art and Performance

First place

“The Implicit Bias” by Seth Gunter of Kingston

Second place

Charlotte Westbrook of Winfield

Drawing of a female firefighter with biased comments written around her.

Third place

Mixed media piece by Jessica McBryar of Oak Ridge

Four faces with "DEFY SOCIETY'S LABELS. BE THE CHANGE" written between them.

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Faces of Roane State is a celebration of your story, your history and your culture.

Faces of Roane State is about expression. Faces of Roane State embraces sharing and building a culture that appreciates students' unique lives and points of view.

Faces of Roane State is about speaking up and saying, "This is who I am." Faces of Roane State is about you.

Funding for Roane State’s annual Diversity Contest comes from funds allocated from the Tennessee Board of Regents for access and diversity initiatives.

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