Community

We strive to fulfill our mission as a land-grant university by serving the citizens of our community and state—and increasingly, our nation and world. Our efforts extend beyond the campus and into our community through many partnerships, ranging from an annual statewide high school science and humanities symposium to scholarship programs to recruit and retain students from underserved populations.

In the Knoxville community, faculty and graduate students in sports psychology help local girls develop good exercise habits and healthy self-images; our College of Law performs pro bono work for underserved clients; and our Veterinary Social Work program supports pet owners during care for their animals.

In the US, UT strives to help combat hunger, homelessness, natural disaster destruction, and poverty from Appalachia, through the South, to the Great Lakes, and Washington, DC.

Our students also take part in community improvement projects around the world including medical missions in Guatemala, farming and gardening sustainability in Uganda and Jamaica, and potable water system creation in Peru.

Students also lead the way in giving back to the community by volunteering with organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, the Knox County Read With Me children’s literacy program, the Ronald McDonald House, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

But our interaction with the community does not simply flow outward; members of the public have free access to many of UT’s cultural and academic resources, including the Frank H. McClung Museum, the UT Gardens, music recitals, and public lectures.

For academic year 2013-14, the Center for Business and Economic Research estimates that UT generated $1,597 million in income for the state and created 32,922 jobs, accounting for payroll, non-payroll, and student and campus visitor spending. The university’s partnership with Battelle Memorial Institute to manage Oak Ridge National Laboratory continues to attract leading researchers to Tennessee.

UT contributes to every aspect of life, and we continue to move forward in our mission to be the preeminent public research university linking the people of Tennessee to the community, the nation, and the world.

Community News

Partnerships the Make a Difference: Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

This week's partnership spotlight is on the Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature. CCYAL promotes the use of literature in the education and lives of children and young adults.


UT Recycling to Hold Paper Purge Party March 9-13

Is your office cluttered with old papers, books, and files? UT Recycling would like to take these and other paper recyclables off your hands. Beginning March 9, UT Recycling will hold its annual weeklong Paper Purge Party.


Inaugural Ida B. & Beyond Conference to be Held This Month

UT's School of Journalism and Electronic Media will hold its inaugural Ida B. & Beyond Conference on Thursday, March 26. The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. in UT's Black Cultural Center, 1800 Melrose Avenue. It is open to the university community and the public.


Celebrate Women at Women’s History Month Events

Celebrate the contributions made by UT's female students, staff and faculty by participating in Women's History Month events. The Commission for Women is hosting Women in Art: Gallery Showing and Celebration, a showcase of UT women artists and Women in STEM: Arachnology at UT lecture. The Women's Empowerment Summit is Saturday, March 7. A lecture about career journeys of successful women leaders given by feminist psychologist Ruth Fassinger is Monday, March 23.


Songster Dom Flemons to Perform at UT Co-sponsored Lecture March 12

Dom Flemons, the American Songster, will give a lecture and perform during an event co-sponsored by UT on Thursday, March 12.


UT Law Symposium to Tackle Health Care Law and Policy Issues

The UT College of Law invites lawyers, health care providers, students, faculty, and members of the community to gather on Friday, March 6, for a one-day symposium on health care law and policy issues and solutions.


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