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The city of Nashville will revise the rules governing how it awards government contracts so that more of them go to businesses owned by women and minorities, as well as small businesses.

The changes announced Wednesday respond to a study released this fall that found major disparities in Metro contracting and a lack of meaningful inclusion efforts.

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Nashville’s Fisk University has joined a national effort to double the number of minorities in leadership positions at art museums. Right now only 16 percent of those jobs are held by minorities.

The University of Tennessee System

The president of the University of Tennessee system will highlight its stronger financials and increasing graduation rates at the annual State of UT address today.

Joe DiPietro will also reiterate that the school is "committed to diversity and inclusion," he said last week.

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On Saturday night, Vanderbilt basketball players will face off against South Carolina in black Nike jerseys specially made to honor Nashville civil rights leaders. The athletics department says it's honoring these icons as part of the university's attempt to bring diversity and inclusion to campus.

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Nashville is home to a growing number of residents who speak English “less than very well.” By the latest Metro estimate, it’s nearly 10 percent of residents, meaning that more than 60,000 people are conversing in Spanish, Arabic, Somali or other languages.

Nashville sanctuary city
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Editor's note: This end of this story has been corrected to explain that country-of-origin information is collected by Metro police at the time of arrest, but is not gathered into reports.   

One of President Donald Trump’s executive orders threatens to withdraw federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” — places that are explicitly welcoming to immigrants and refugees, and where officials often refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

Nashville isn’t a sanctuary city. But leaders have adopted several immigrant-assistance policies, and they're hearing mounting pressure from activists to move in that direction.

Metro Human Relations Commission

Two groups are asking the Metro government to collect more demographic information on its employees. The request is to create a survey that allows city workers to self-identify by sexual orientation, gender identity, and other statuses.

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is refusing to sign two more measures passed this spring by the state legislature. Both will still go into effect. But Haslam is accusing lawmakers of micro-managing other government agencies.

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State lawmakers resolved one of the biggest controversies of this year's session by voting to strip funding from the University of Tennessee's diversity office and divert the money into minority scholarships.

Legislators say the move will send a message to UT's Knoxville campus, without permanently damaging its efforts to promote diversity.

University of Tennessee

The Senate Education Committee voted Wednesday to strip the University of Tennessee of state funding for its diversity office. Instead, that money would go toward the university's rural outreach programs.