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Students walk among the fall colors of The Hill on October 31, 2018. Photo by Steven Bridges

Professional Development & Engagement

Student Life committees offer the opportunity for staff to enhance their experience at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville through the support of employee success, well-being, and engagement within Student Life. The goal of each committee is to foster a positive and inclusive work environment, build relationships among colleagues, and recognize and celebrate the exceptional work of Student Life staff.

Diversity Committee

The Student Life Diversity Committee assists Student Life to develop strategies for creating and deepening a sense of community at the University of Tennessee.

The committee serves a resource for executing priority 5 in the Student Life tactical plan and the Diversity Plan. In addition, the committee reviews and provides recommendations for inclusive hiring practices for Student Life.

The Student Life Diversity Committee works in partnership with the Student Life Staff Engagement & Development Committee concerning speakers or activities about diversity and inclusion, and when necessary, sponsors or hosts professional development opportunities in regard to diversity and inclusion for divisional staff and students.

The committee serves as a resource for divisional departments when planning diversity and inclusion events and/or activities and partners with Multicultural Student Life to host reflection times if and when local, national, or regional events happen and have implications for our campus community.

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The Division of Student Life provides its staff with frequent opportunities for personal and professional growth and to build relationships with staff across the Division and University. The Staff Engagement and Development Committee (SEDC) oversees the Division of Student Life’s activities and strategy for staff engagement and development. In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor and senior staff, the committee evaluates staff needs and interests over the course of the year and seeks to provide opportunities to meet those needs. This includes training and workshops, book clubs, lunch and learns, webinars, large and small social events, coordinated service activities, and recognition events.

New committee members are recruited annually, in the spring semester. If you are interested in joining a committee, please complete the interest form and the committee chair will be in touch with you shortly. Committee chairs decide membership in consultation with senior staff, and initial planning meetings will begin during the summer term.

  • Professional Development Sub-committee: The Professional Development Committee provides opportunities for Student Life staff to receive training and experiences that develop and improve skillsets necessary to perform their work.
  • Recognition Sub-committee: coordinates the annual Student Life Staff Awards event, soliciting nominations, determining winners, and planning the awards presentation ceremony and celebration.
  • Social Engagement and Service Sub-committee: plans and executes division-wide events to bring staff together to build community, celebrate milestones throughout the year, and facilitate positive relationships in Student Life.  In addition, the Social Engagement Sub-committee plans at least one day of service annually so that the Student Life staff may contribute to the local community and serve as examples for student leaders.

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