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Making Knoxville Home

Makinzi Butram wants students to consider living in Knoxville and doing outreach after their time at UT. So she helped plan UT’s newest Ignite program—Ignite Knox—and served as a student director.

The four-day leadership and community engagement program connects incoming students with the Knoxville community.

“Coming to college, especially in an unfamiliar city, can be very nerve-wracking,” says Butram, a retail and consumer science major.

“I wanted to highlight the amazing things about Knoxville and help incoming students feel more at home. It took me four years to experience the things these participants get to do.”

Ignite Knox participants interact with current students, staff, and Knoxville leaders to learn about engaging with the campus and community.

Participants also serve with Knoxville organizations, learn their way around during excursions, and take part in leadership development workshops.

Butram believes the program will benefit Knoxville’s businesses and community.

“Participants get to discover local businesses and meet their owners, see where the cool hangouts and restaurants are located, and learn that there is more to Knoxville than just the university,” Butram says.

She began leadership programs in her first year, with Ignite Summit and Ignite Serves.

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