Two graduate assistants in the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards (SCCS) were recently awarded the one-time fellowship funds from the UT Graduate School for the spring 2021 semester. These funds help retain current graduate students following a financially difficult year.
Jamie Thompson is a third-year law student, and his Juris Doctor degree will be the third degree he earns from the UT. His nominator, SCCS Director Amanda Samsel, explains that Jaime has provided nearly nine years of service to the university and its students as he has progressed through his educational journey.
“Mr. Thompson has been an asset to the campus community and an advocate for access and diversity since his first years at the university,” said Samsel. “He has consistently sought educational and professional opportunities both on and off-campus including serving as a resident assistant for University Housing, member of the Speech and Debate Society, and internships with the U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, and the Tennessee General Assembly.”
Additionally, Jamie actively supported campus health and wellness efforts as a graduate assistant with the Center for Health Education and Wellness. He facilitated and assisted in the development of the university’s alcohol and drug education programs working with undergraduate and graduate students as well as student organizations.
Kristin Parrott is currently a graduate student in the Master of Science in Social Work program and holds a bachelor degree in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. Samsel says that as a graduate assistant for SCCS, Parrott promotes a kind, empathetic, and understanding approach to students navigating the Student Conduct process to help promote change and growth.
“As a graduate student, Ms. Parrott has contributed to the scholarship and research activity of the university through numerous departments and colleges on campus,” continued Samsel. “As a research assistant in the College of Social Work, she conducts research relating to child homelessness and education and develops pre-and post-assessment and focus groups. She previously served as a Graduate Assistant for the Peer Mentoring Program in the First Year Studies Department.”
Kristin also volunteers for Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley to empower girls through teaching coding. She is currently an Ambassador for the Office of Title IX and facilitates an active bystander training for students, staff, and faculty that she developed as a practicum student for the office during the 2019-20 academic year. Additionally, she serves on the Title IX Prevention Team and UTK Action Collaborative Team in this role.