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Partnerships that Make a Difference


View our “Partnerships that Make a Difference” booklet here

Our successful Community Engagement Classification Application documented an alignment of our campus mission, resources, and practices that support community engagement.

As part of our data collection process while preparing our application, we compiled a series of exemplary community partnerships that best represent authentic, two-way relationships based on mutuality and reciprocity. To do this, we called upon colleges and divisions across UT, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture campuses to send us their nominations.

The result is our Top 50 Partnerships that Make a Difference. We used data about these exemplars throughout our application. Learn more here.

UT, Knoxville and the UT Institute of Agriculture sent us their best.  We will be celebrating these individual exemplars throughout 2015 with new articles each week that highlight each partnership’s unique contribution to our community.  Please click each of the links below to find out about the partnerships featured thus far.

Academic Public Health Thumbnail-2Academic Public Health Department

A formal relationship between public health practice and academia provides students with field placement, internship, and service-learning opportunities, while providing faculty with practice-based research experience. The community benefits from student work has an estimated value of more than $130,000 per year. Read more here.

Cropped AppalachiaThe Appalachian Community Health and Disaster Readiness Project

Since 2013, UT and Clay County have been working together to winterize local homes, build a clean drinking water kiosk, distribute and demonstrate carbon monoxide monitors based on the type of heating sources many families use, conduct health surveys, assess flood damages, train hospital staff on basic and advanced disaster life support, and develop prototypes for homes. Read more here.

ARLArcheological Research Laboratory

The non-profit ARL is a consulting and research unit dedicated to the conduct of high quality and timely work for government agencies and private entities, while providing hands-on learning opportunities for students, educators, and the public. The lab provides technical assistance, educational media, professional development opportunities, identification of historical remains, and assistance with museum exhibits.  Read more here.

Biology in a Box2Biology in a Box

The Biology in a Box program was developed to meet school curriculum goals in partnership with K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educators.  A teacher acts as a facilitator in exploring box contents with students, who then complete exercises to reinforce math and science skills. In addition to its physical presence in Tennessee and neighboring state schools, Biology in a Box now also provides web access worldwide. Read more here.

900x450-Image1264Business Education for Talented Students (BETS)

BETS is a one-week residential program designed to introduce high school students from under-represented and underserved backgrounds to the various business fields. Participants develop an executive presentation, visit a local company where they shadow the professionals, interact with business students from UT, and hear presentations from various professionals on campus. BETS provides a pipeline of high-potential students from diverse backgrounds to UT and the Haslam College of Business Administration. Read more here.

CCYL SliderCenter for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

To promote the use of literature in the education and lives of children and young adults by providing workshops, public talks by authors and illustrators, and access to a large, non-circulating collection of quality children and young adult literature, along with extensive programming, presentations and a graduate teaching assistantship associated with the Center. Read more here.

CNGM.2Center for Native Grasslands Management

With a focus on better outcomes for farms, forests, and rural communities throughout the eastern US, the center promotes the advancement of science in grasslands conservation, forage production, sustainable forest management, biofuels production, wildlife conservation, and economic development. This multi-disciplinary approach has also provided opportunities for scores of students.

CTR SliderCenter for Transportation Research (CTR)

CTR partners with state and local agencies, businesses, and industry throughout the country. CTR programs include a program that works with community agencies to meet the needs of transportation-disadvantaged citizens, and a summer Transportation Academy for 7th and 8th grade girls. The interdisciplinary center also provides research opportunities for hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students.  Read more here.

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