UT Welcome Week: Clash of the Classes
Clash of the Classes is one of the first social and recreational programs of the year in the UT Welcome Week Celebration. The Black Cultural Programming Committee (BCPC) hosts this event in an effort to provide an opportunity for students to engage in a competitive and fun environment. Clash of the Classes promotes healthy competition between each of the classes while students enjoy light refreshments, live music, fun games and other entertainment. This event is intended to provide an atmosphere that will allow first-year students to establish friendships before fall semester classes begin while also encouraging interaction with returning students and with faculty, administrators and staff who attend this event. Clash of the Classes strives to be one of the more memorable events that student reference from their first year experience.
Multicultural Welcome Reception
The Multicultural Welcome Reception is an opportunity for the UT community to formally welcome our new and returning students to the University of Tennessee. During this reception, students will have the opportunity to meet and network with faculty, staff, and administrators. The Multicultural Welcome Reception is co-hosted by The Office of Multicultural Student Life and the UT Chapter of NAACP.
Annual Homecoming Comedy Show, Tailgate, and Southeastern Stomp Fest
Every year, during UT Homecoming Week, Multicultural Student Life and the Black Cultural Programming Committee host the Comedy Show, Homecoming Tailgate, and Southeastern Stomp Fest. These events provide a source of comedic entertainment highlighting collegiate and diverse culture; a trip down memory lane as the tailgate provides a fun-filled environment for alum and current students; and Stomp Fest is an opportunity for the UT Student Body, alumni, and Knoxville community to enjoy high energy stepping performances by NPHC fraternities and sororities.
The Black Cultural Programming Committee (BCPC) and the Office of Multicultural Student Life host an annual Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration that traditionally runs from December 26 through January 1. Kwanzaa was created in the United States with the purpose of honoring and celebrating African American heritage, unity, and culture. Kwanzaa was first celebrated in 1966 and was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa as a way for African Americans to come together and recognize their African heritage. The name Kwanzaa stems from a Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza, which means “the first fruits of harvest.” Kwanzaa celebrations typically consist of the candle lighting ceremony, which symbolize the seven principles of Kwanzaa, and a traditional feast, with gift giving, which represents the importance of relationships.
Each semester, Multicultural Student Life organizes a trip to visit cultural landmarks in the local UT and Knoxville Community. The trip affords students an opportunity to learn about multiculturalism from a new perspective and encourages students to continue conversations on culture and diversity beyond the event. The trip is free of charge to current UT students and registration is limited to the first 30 registrants. These excursions also expose students to a new culture’s history and traditions, enabling them to have conversations with those different from them.
Young Professionals Lecture Series
The Young Professional Lecture Series is a signature program of the Office of Multicultural Student Life and Black Cultural Programming Committee, designed to honor young African Americans who have made significant and extraordinary contributions in mainstream society.