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How to Lead, Serve, and Make an Impact at UT

It may be summer, but you’re probably already thinking about what your first year on campus will look like: what events you want to go to, finding the perfect spot to study (hint: we’ve already made you a list), and what you want to get involved in.

If you’re looking to make an impact at UT and expand your leadership skills, there are plenty of opportunities to do so! From getting involved in your residence halls to student government, there is no shortage of leadership possibilities. Here are just a few of the ways you can get involved.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Current SGA Executive Board

Current SGA Executive Board. From right to left: Raj Patel (Student Body Vice President), Karmen Jones (Student Body President), Emma Kate (Student Services Director), and Cody Ramangkoun (Executive Treasurer).

The Student Government Association is a dedicated group of student leaders who aim to ensure the voices of the student body are heard. This is done through the promotion of three pillars; compassion, collaboration, and community. Through SGA, you are able to not only empower and educate your peers, but you are able to personally grow as a leader.

If you’re looking to get involved in SGA, be sure to check out our First-Year Leadership Council, which is a cohort of 60 first-year students. This council is focused on leadership development, campus outreach events, and producing legislation. If you’re interested in getting involved with the First-Year Leadership Council, our interest form is open for submissions now! Once complete, students will receive an application form, start the interview process, and 60 first-year students will be selected. Any full-time or Volunteer Bridge Program first-year student is eligible to apply!

Be sure to follow SGA on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! 

Black Cultural Programming Committee (BCPC)

Photo of Students participate in a step show during Caribbean Splash Jam

Students participate in a step show during Caribbean Splash Jam

Another way you can make an impact on campus is by joining the Black Cultural Programming Committee! The BCPC provides students the opportunity to develop and present programs and activities that enhance public awareness of African Americans and their accomplishments. The BCPC also provides an opportunity for African American students to maintain positive and continuous communication and involvement with the academic and local communities.

BCPC works to motivate African American students’ self-development, discovery, and esteem during their educational career at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and fosters an atmosphere for the interaction and unity of African American students within the university community.

Programs hosted by BCPC include the Annual Southeastern Stomp Fest Step Show, Caribbean Splash Jam, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. If you are interested in joining BCPC, you must complete the application during the spring semester!

Be sure to follow @utbcpc on Instagram! 

United Residence Halls Council (URHC)

Students Painting the Rock

Members of URHC painting the Rock

Since your first year will be in a residence hall, URHC might be the perfect opportunity to get involved in your hall! The United Residence Halls Council aims to unite the students living in residence halls through leadership, programming, service, and education. Becoming involved in this council will allow you to bring new experiences to your fellow students, and create unity across the residence halls.

Some programs include Painting the Rock, Grocery Bingo, tailgates, self-defense classes, and car bash fundraiser before a home football game.

To get involved, join your residence hall’s hall association/council; all hall associations/councils (and residents) are members of URHC. You can also attend URHC general body meetings throughout the year to learn more about the programs and initiatives that are coming up that all residents, whether active in their hall association/council or not, can join. Visit the URHC website for more information about the officers and their contact information –

Be sure to follow @utk_urhc on Instagram!

Campus Events Board (CEB)

CEB members with Tan France

CEB members with Tan France

Campus Events Board provides a diverse range of events that engages students and fosters an inclusive campus culture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
From politics to ballet, blockbuster films to fine art, CEB brings interesting pundits and performers from around the globe. There are currently about 150 CEB members and we want you to be one too! As a member of CEB, you will be asked to propose, plan, and execute a wide array of campus events.

CEB is home to three different committees: Arts & Culture, Entertainment, and Issues. Each committee will create events surround their specific topic areas. Some events include Vol Night Long, Volapalooza, Culture Week, Rocky Horror Picture show, speakers, and more!

Be sure to follow @utkceb on Instagram!