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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.

Register for Ignite

Looking for the perfect way to get to know your new home-sweet-home and community? Sign up for Ignite with the Jones Center for Leadership and Service! Comprised of four different sessions, this immersive program is a fun way for you to start your time at UT. Ignite shows you what it means to be a true Volunteer and connects you with other new students as well as UT student leaders all while having the time of your life!

There are four different sessions for you to join this summer before school starts: Ignite Knox, Ignite Serves, Ignite Leadership Summit and Ignite Outdoors. Some benefits of participating in Ignite including meeting hundreds of fellow Vols and getting to know Knoxville and UT more!

Students in need of financial support can apply for a fee waiver.

Follow the Jones Center for Leadership and Service on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Be sure to register today!

Student Government Association

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 can 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 there are multiple ways to do so! Be sure to check out our First-Year Leadership Council, which is a cohort of first-year students. This council is focused on leadership development, campus outreach events, and producing legislation. Email Reggie Williams sga2@utk.edu for more information on how to apply!

Student Services is another branch of SGA which is the “face of SGA”. If you are interested in event planning, direct student engagement and more, this could be the place for you! For more information on how to apply email Nia Myrthil, sga3@utk.edu. 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)

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)

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.

Be sure to follow @utk_urhc on Instagram!

Campus Events Board (CEB)

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 members with Tan France

CEB is home to three different committees: Arts & Culture, Entertainment, and Issues. Each committee will create events surrounding 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!

Be sure to check out all of UT’s student organizations on VOLink!