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Vol is a Verb

Vol is a Verb is a university-wide initiative designed to support mattering and belonging on our campus, encouraging Volunteers to put actions behind our words to ensure that everyone feels like they matter and belong on Rocky Top.

Through Vol is a Verb, the campus community is called to action to work together to help make UT a place where everyone belongs. The Volunteer experience should be accessible to everyone.

Each of us has a unique story that we bring to Rocky Top and each of our stories is important. Being a Volunteer means challenging your understanding of the world and your capacity to act as a member of a welcoming and inclusive community. 

As a Volunteer, you are encouraged to act, to use your voice, and to bear the torch. As a campus community, we strive to develop and sustain a nurturing university culture where diversity and community are enduring sources of strength. 

At UT, Vol is a Verb encourages students to:

  • Explore: Identify opportunities to better understand what belonging is and what it means for our community.
  • Practice: Develop the capacity to facilitate belonging within our community.
  • Live: Make a commitment to belonging as a way of life within our community and beyond.