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MLK2015_1Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service

The conference involves students in interactive sessions focused on leading in a diverse world, servant leadership, social justice, and more.  The conference is followed by a half day of community service in the Knoxville area in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., where students experience first-hand some of the topics and issues discussed earlier in the day. Read more here.

3 On the right, Dyer County farmer and CFC contributor Larry Joe Maupin.  On the left, Dyer County Extension agent Tim Campbell.Commodities for Communities

A partnership initiated in 2013 by Tennessee farmers who wished to support UT by giving part of their crops instead of money to the UT Foundation. The foundation then sells the commodities and invests the proceeds back into a community-based UT program of the grower’s choice. Agricultural producers in six counties thus far have pledged their support for UT Extension agriculture programs totaling $1.9 million. Read more here.

72 CROPPED CAIT students on the mobileCAIT- Companion Animal Initiative in Tennessee

To improve the lives of companion animals and reduce the surplus of cats and dogs in Tennessee, CAIT works to educate the public on humane practices and promotes spay and neuter initiatives. CAIT brings communities together to find solutions to pet issues that impact them directly, such as animal hoarding, dog fighting, puppy mills, and other forms of animal abuse. Read more here.


The Center for Ultra-wide-area Resilient Electrical Energy Transmission Networks is a collaboration between academia, industry, and national laboratories. CURENT faculty and students engage in exchanges and collaborations with partner universities and research centers around the world. CURENT’s impacts on the external community include funded research experiences for high school students, visiting undergraduates, K-12 teachers, and more. CURENT research results in new applied technologies that are directly deployed in the power and energy industry.

UT Student and visitorEmpowering Women and Girls Through Sports

This partnership with the US Department of State and espnW empowers girls uses a curriculum that is developed, implemented, and evaluated by UT’s Center for Sports, Peace, and Society. Girls and women from all over the world become social entrepreneurs, developing projects that raise awareness and call for change. Read more here.

Photo by Ben MoserEyes on LaFollette

Since 1993, photojournalism students in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media have taken pictures of what life looks like in the small town of LaFollette, Tennessee. Students have spent 36 hours each spring capturing photo stories to be publishedfor publication in the city’s newspaper, LaFollette Press. Read more here.

For the kids 7For the Kids (formerly: Dance Marathon)

Approximately 400 students partner each year with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The program has been in operation since 1995, originally under the name Dance Marathon. The event has raised more than $1 million over the last eighteen years in support of the hospital.
Read more here.

SLIDER-900x450-Forensic-Anthro-CenterThe Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC)

FAC is the world’s first natural outdoor lab developed for forensic studies. Center members also work on international recovery efforts and teach in the National Forensic Academy, a 10-week training program for law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection, and preservation. Center faculty and students have also enriched the forensic science curriculum in over 90 high schools with lively presentations and hands-on forensic anthropology exercises.

400x350-DSCN0984Gulu Study and Service Abroad Program (GSSAP)

GSSAP is an international service-learning course for UT students in Conflict and Peace-Building in Northern Uganda, with guest lectures by Ugandan colleagues and community members. Students work in local, community-based organizations to reinforce what they have learned. The program cultivates ongoing relationships and collaborations among UT students and faculty and their Ugandan counterparts.

Slider -correct sizeHabitat for Humanity and UT

UT Housing’s Habitat Build and Habitat Blitz Build programs allow UT students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Knoxville families by building houses together with community partners, including the future homeowners. As a direct result of this partnership, twelve families in the Knoxville area now own their own homes. Read more here.

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