University of Tennessee

Haslam Staff Member Featured in UT’s Women With Big Ideas

March 14, 2016

Alissa Reeves, of the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in the Haslam College of Business, has been selected for the 2016 Women With Big Ideas.

Women With Big Ideas is the signature publication for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. It features outstanding female students, faculty and staff across the university.

Tyvi Small, director of diversity and community relations at Haslam, says that Reeves’s positive influence impacts faculty, students and staff beyond her immediate workplace.

“This honor is a testament to Alissa’s leadership in our office, the college and across campus,” he said. “We are proud of her accomplishment.”

Reeves began her current position in 2013 after graduating summa cum laude from UT with a double major in English and religious studies. In addition to working at Haslam, she is pursuing a graduate degree focused on ancient Israelite women.

Reeves recently initiated an effort to expand the Peace Corps into Cuba. After reaching out to the regional executive director to begin the effort, she analyzed potential activities for Peace Corps volunteers that align with the six sectors of the organization: education, environment, agriculture, community and economic development, health, and youth development.

She will begin service in the Peace Corps in the fall of 2017 and aims to teach English as a second language or serve in community development.

The Women With Big Ideas publication is in its second year. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Commission for Women select the honorees.

Lili’a Uili Neville, director of communications for UT’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, nominated Reeves for the feature.

“As the administrative assistant in Haslam’s Office of Diversity and Community Relations and an active member of the Commission for LGBT People, Alissa is a perfect fit for the Women with Big Ideas publication,” Neville said.