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Designed to motivate and prepare students for college, the Division of Diversity and Engagement’s pre-collegiate programs give students a unique inside understanding of colleges and universities. In collaboration with community organizations, these programs provide educational, employment, and career options, that help students make informed decisions about their postsecondary plans and futures.


REAP ACADEMY (Rights, Equity, Access, and Participation) 

REAP Academy, a summer program experience for eighth graders/rising freshman that will attend Austin-East or Fulton High School, prepares students by teaching them about rights and civic engagement along with being a change agent in their school and community. These classes, field trips, and experiential learning are a collaboration among UTK Division of Diversity and Engagement, Africana Studies Program, and Project GRAD.

Applications for the 2022 REAP Academy are now open and can be submitted to the school contact or emailed to  Applications are due Friday, May 6 at noon (EST).

Click here for the application.

The application above is a fillable PDF document and can be completed on your device. Click on the highlighted boxes and type directly on the document. The document can also be printed and completed by pencil/pen.

Austin-East contact: Cynthia Manning Dirl
Fulton contact: Christi Kirk
Vine & Whittle Springs contact: Liz Thacker


SWAG ACADEMY (Scholars with Achievable Goals) 

SWAG Leadership Academy, a UTK and the Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley collaboration for middle school students, develops leadership and communication skills, along with fostering collegiate educational experiences through mentorship. Among other skills, students gain transformational competencies in community engagement, service learning, public speaking and presentations, goal setting, and conflict resolution.



For more information on these programs, contact Quannah Washington.