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Student Organizations

Another goal of Multicultural Student Life is to be a resource and provide information about programs that offer personal and professional enrichment to students. Many opportunities are available via several special organizations across the UT campus. For more student groups, view Student Organizations. Click here for more resources.

African Student Association

Open to all students who are interested in Africa. Meetings are held every Monday in the I-House dining room.

Asian American Association (AAA)

The Asian American Association (AAA) at UTK promotes awareness of Asian American issues, serves as a representative voice of the Asian American community, celebrates the diversity and commonalities of Asian Americans, and provides a social support network to our members. Although the AAA deals primarily with Asian American issues, our membership is not by any means restricted to those of Asian decent. The Asian American Association welcomes all members of the UT community regardless of race, religion, or national origin to join us in raising cultural awareness and fostering unity and understanding among Asians, Asian Americans, and all other peoples of the UT community.

Asian American InterVarsity (AAIV)

AAIV exists to be a place of belonging, a space for students to feel safe to explore faith and Asian American identity, to flourish as individuals and leaders and to grow in their individual and collective walks with Jesus.

Black Cultural Programming Committee

The Black Cultural Programming Committee (BCPC) is a student organization that develops programs and activities to enhance awareness of African-American culture and national issues on campus and the local community. The BCPC attempts to foster an atmosphere promoting interaction, participation, and unity among students of all cultural backgrounds. The organization sponsors a variety of cultural, recreational, and social events. Renowned international and national icons who have appeared on campus include Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, and many more. Please visit their website for more information.

Black Educators of Tomorrow

The Black Educators of Tomorrow (BET) is a student organization at the University of Tennessee that strives to make students more aware of diversity and multiculturalism and their relationship to the future of education. BET provides members with the opportunity to build support networks and promotes communication among future African-American educators.

Black Law Students Association: Collegiate Student Division (BLSA CSD)

The purpose of BLSA CSD is to articulate and promote the educational, professional, sociopolitical needs and goals of pre-law students, the student body, and the Knoxville community.

Black Student Union (BSU)

The BSU will build awareness for political, social, and cultural movements and issues affecting minority students. We will promote unity and beneficial change on campus, as well as act as a liaison between students and administration. The BSU will encourage respect, service, high academia, and the true Volunteer spirit.

Brothers United for Excellence (BUE)

Brothers United for Excellence seeks to support the persistence of male students of color by providing academic, social and professional resources, as well as promoting student engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the surrounding Knoxville community.

Campus Disability Advocates

The purpose of this organization is to provide a platform from which disabled students at the University of Tennessee can discuss the challenges they face on campus, in Knoxville, and in the world in general. Through organization, community, and education the group will work to make necessary changes in our area, ultimately striving for equal justice and equal respect.

Campus Outreach at the University of Tennessee

Campus Outreach is a Christian ministry dedicated to providing opportunities for students from multiple cultures and affinity groups on the campus to be successful in their spiritual life.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is a registered not-for-profit organization at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The members are made up of Chinese students, scholars and their family who study or work in UTK or Oak Ridge National Laboratory and are automatically entitled to membership privileges. As one of the largest Chinese organization at UTK or even in East Tennessee, CSSA plays an essential role in coordinating with other local Chinese organizations and related offices as well as increasing the communication between on and off campus, such as Confucius Institute, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and International House of UTK.

Collegiate Black Christians

Collegiate Black Christians (CBC) is under the national umbrella of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship located on the campus of the Unversity of Tennessee. The vision of IVCF at UTK is to build a witnessing community of disciples growing in love for God, for God’s word, for God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world. As an ethnic specific ministry, we strive to be bridge builders in the community and agents of racial reconciliation on campus.

Culture Shock Society (CSS or Culture Shock)

The purpose of Culture Shock Society is to promote the cultural awareness and self-expression of students through mass communication, as well as to promote the development of each individual. http://www.cultureshockmag.org/about/

Diaspora Student Association (DSA)

DSA is open to students interested in making UTK more cultured and conscious of the world. The organization’s main goal is to introduce the values and perspectives of other cultures.

Diversity Student Leaders Society

Learn how to capitalize on your own individuality while celebrating the diversity around you! The CCI Diversity Student Leaders Society provides an open and accepting community for all students. Our purpose is to provide high quality educational opportunities and to promote understanding by embracing and celebrating the dimensions of diversity within each individual.

Feminist Alliance

Feminist Alliance is UT’s branch of the Feminist Majority Foundation. We believe in intersectional feminism and aim for inclusive activism.

Filipino-American Association at UT (FAA)

The Filipino-American Association is a community open to all UT students, staff, and faculty, especially those interested in spreading and experiencing Filipino culture. Collectively, we put on events that encompass our mission, perform community services that serve the Filipino, UT, and Knoxville communities, and maintain involvement in the academic and political spheres that pertain to our organization.

Graduate Students for Social Justice (GSSJ)

GSSJ and the Southern Poverty Law Center are dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.  Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Graduate Students of the Spanish Department at UTK

The Graduate Students of the Spanish Department at UTK is an organization seeking to unite the graduate students at the Spanish Department in order to achieve educational excellence as well as to promote the Hispanic cultures on and off campus.

Indian-American Association

The Indian American Association seeks to unite South Asian students from the University of Tennessee. IAA is not exclusive to solely Indian American students, and we encourage those who are interested in learning about the South Asian culture to join and participate. Our goal is to help unite the community, our school, as well as our friends and family.We plan on doing this by spreading awareness of the culture of India through cultural, educational and social events, volunteering, and community service.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship: Multi-Ethnic Chapter

InterVarsity exists to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed and world-changers developed by the power of the gospel of Jesus. We are an inter-denominational, multi-ethnic campus ministry, open to all regardless of belief or background.

Iranian Student Association

Iranian Student Association of UTK is a cultural, non-religious and non-political student organization. Our mission is to bring together students with Iranian background or interest and introduce Persian cultures to international communities.

Lambda Law Society

The Lambda Law Society includes members, friends, and allies of the LGBTQ+ community, and people who are interested in the issues of civil rights and gender and sexuality in the law.

Latin American Student Organization

The Latin American Student Organization (LASO)’s purpose is to increase the interest and awareness of all students to the Latin culture, to be active in the Hispanic community through Volunteer activities, and to encourage diversity on the UT campus.

Law Women

Law Women’s mission is to emphasize and address issues of concern to women within the legal profession and academic community. Law Women also is dedicated to community service and actively fund-raises for numerous charitable causes. Over the past few years, Law Women has contributed to Toys for Tots, Global Fund, Race for the Cure, and Race Against Racism, among many other causes. Law Women also takes a nonpartisan political stance by encouraging women to vote and otherwise participate in the political system.

Love United Gospel Choir

Founded at the University of Tennessee in 1977, the mission of the Love United Gospel Choir is to make available and minister the abundant love and fullness of Jesus Christ through song, while providing students an opportunity to sing and share gospel music, form mutual encouragement, and support the University of Tennessee and surrounding communities.

Manthan – Indian Students’ Association

The purpose of the Manthan organization is to provide a platform for students of Indian origin to come together and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of India and to promote cultural understanding and exchange of ideas and views between the people of India and those of USA and other countries.

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

MANRRS is a national society that welcomes membership of people of all racial and ethnic group participation in agricultural and related sciences careers. We provide role model and networking opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. MANRRS is open to any student with a major or interest in any area of agriculture, natural resources or related sciences.

Minorities Interested in Outdoor Recreation/Exploration and Environmentalism (MORE)

MORE (Minorities interested in Outdoor Recreation/Exploration and Environmentalism) seeks to motivate mindfulness and interest in the natural environment among diverse populations through Exploration, Scholarship, and Service.

Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee

The Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee (ME4UT) team aids the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in recruiting and developing relationships with multicultural students. ME4UT promotes diversity and inclusion through the planning and implementation of overnight visit programs, campus tours, school presentations, additional on-campus programming, and outreach in the local community.

Minority Pre-Health Association

Minority Pre-Health Association, formerly known as ‘MAPS’, was founded in 2009 on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. It was then rechartered in 2017 and the organization continues to represent the minority of pre-health students on the UT Knoxville campus.

Multicultural Graduate Student Organization

This organization is designed to address specific issues and concerns relevant to graduate students of color attending the University of Tennessee.

Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), the newest Greek Council at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is composed of five fraternities and sororities: Beta Chi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Delta Phi Omega Sorority, Inc., Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Beta Rho National Fraternity Inc., and Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. These six organizations, acknowledging their significance on campus and in the community, came together to bring solidarity to the Multicultural Greek society and increase awareness through philanthropic endeavors, academic achievements, and the development of campus leaders. 

Multicultural Mentoring Program

The mission of the Multicultural Mentoring Program (MMP) is to provide personal support, assistance, social guidance, and positive campus survival skills to first-year students of color by developing activities and interactions with upper-class students to address personal needs, thus contributing to their academic success, and enhancing the University of Tennessee’s efforts in recruiting, retaining and graduating students of color.

Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association at the University of Tennessee serves to educate students and faculty through recreational activities as well as academic events. In this way, we strive to establish a bridge of understanding between people of all backgrounds, races, and creeds.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, UTK Chapter

The vision of The University of Tennessee chapter of the NAACP is to ensure that ALL students are aware of the different cultures that are provided to them in a university environment so that we may all gain a respect for each other that will carry with us well beyond our college years…

National Association of Black Accountants

The National Association of Black Accountants’ (NABA) mission is to promote and develop the professional skills of our members by providing the opportunity to fulfill their civic responsibility and to represent the interests of current students with interests in business and/or accounting.

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 30,000 members, is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Native American Law Students Association at UT Law (NALSA)

We are an organization committed to informing the legal profession about American Indian law and issues, and encouraging American Indians to enter the practice of Law.

Native American Student Association

The purpose of the Native American Student Association is supporting the advancement of Native American students enrolled in the University of Tennessee and the Native American community in general. Also, we provide an extracurricular activity to those students and/or faculty interested in Native American culture. We also serve as the University of Tennessee chapter of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society.

Out in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Tennessee (oSTEM)

Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM) is a national student society, dedicated to increasing the participation of people who identify with LGBTQIA+ communities in disciplines related to STEM.

OUTgraduates at the University of Tennessee

OUTgrads is an organization for LGBTQ+ and ally graduate students at the University of Tennessee. The group aims to support friendships and networking among graduate students while maintaining an active roll in the education and advancement of UT’s LGBTQ+ community, promoting unity, acceptance, and visibility.

People of Style and Education (P.O.S.E.)

POSE is the exclusive organization on campus in which members are able to showcase their unique sense of fashion, create their own definition of swagger, and most importantly uphold an academic standard. POSE is a diverse group of students who have a passion and drive for honing modeling skills and techniques, while also gaining valuable experience in the fashion industry.

Progressive Student Alliance

The Progressive Student Alliance is a grassroots student movement focused on organizing for student and worker power at the University of Tennessee. PSA is also United Students Against Sweatshops Local 86. USAS is a national organization fighting for student and worker power at universities across the United States. Their mission is to empower student and worker voices through solidarity and action.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society at UTK (SALUTE)

This national honor society specifically for veterans’ goal to provide recognition for the academic success of student veterans at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. SALUTE, or Service, Academics, Leadership, Unity, Tribute, Excellence, is a way for student veterans to be recognized on campus.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHE)

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

For more than six decades, SWE has given women engineers a unique place and voice within the engineering industry. Our organization is centered around a passion for our members’ success and continues to evolve with the challenges and opportunities reflected in today’s exciting engineering and technology specialties.Stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.

Sophisticated Queens Unafraid And Driven (S.Q.U.A.D.)

Strange Fruit On Stage Productions

Strange Fruit, an organization that promotes and exposes minority playwrights and minority theater to diversify the UT campus and the Knoxville community. Strange Fruit Dance Company has been gracing the stages of UT since 2001, and is composed of dedicated dancers who are passionate about their craft, and dedicated to expressing the art of dance.

Taking Action for Social Conscience (TASC) Force

TASC Force (Taking Action for Social Conscience) is a non-profit student run organization at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. We have both a community and global mission to effectively impact the community with altruistic behavior. Our mission is to raise awareness about human/social issues around the world. By educating the minds of our generation we hope to create a domino effect of selfless activities for those in desperate need.

Turkish Student Association

The purpose of the Turkish Student Association is to unite Turkish students, Turkish Community in Knoxville and those interested in Turkish culture

volOUT

VolOUT is the undergraduate student social organization on campus that provides a means of communication among lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally students (LGBTQQIAA) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Women of Promise, of NACWC Inc., UTK Student Chapter (W.O.P.)

Women of Promise is a service organization that practices charitable, educational, and motivational purposes. Women of Promise promotes these goals through social awareness on campus and in the community in order to advance women and youth.

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