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.

UT generates $1.6 billion in annual income for the state of Tennessee, creates nearly 33,000 jobs, and contributes more than $125 million in tax revenue to the state and local governments, according to a study by our Center for Business and Economic Research.

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 That Make a Difference: Tennessee Water Resources Research Center

This week's featured community partnership is the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, which seeks to improve regional water quality through community-based projects, outreach, education, training, and community empowerment activities.


Community Invited Out for the Last Strike at University Center

Students, employees, alumni, and the community are invited to visit the University Center, which has served as a central hub for activity on campus, before it closes in late May.


Students to Host Bike Rally to Promote Cycling Downtown April 26

Students from the Haslam College of Business will host Tour de Knox, a bike rally in association with Outdoor KnoxFest, on Sunday, April 26.


Full-Scale Disaster Drill Gives Responders, Nursing Students Realistic Practice

On Friday, first responders from eleven agencies participated in a disaster drill and more than 100 nursing students—the entire junior class—portrayed victims, complete with theatrical makeup that gave them realistic-looking gashes and bruises. The catastrophe played itself out in the morning, then gave way to an afternoon exercise where campus officials talked about repairs, closures, press briefings, and the process of getting back to normal.


Mayors Rogero, Burchett to Take Part in Earth Fest with UT EcoCAR Team

The University of Tennessee's EcoCAR3 team, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero, and Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett will be on hand Saturday at Earth Fest at World's Fair Park. Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22.


Hundreds Take Part in Inaugural WomEngineers Day

More than 350 high school and college students turned out for the first WomEngineers Day hosted by the College of Engineering.


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