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.
Open to all students who are interested in Africa. Meetings are held every Monday in the I-House dining room.
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.
The purpose of Asian American InterVarsity (AAIV) is to witness communities of students who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and God’s purposes in the world.
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.
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.
The University of Tennessee College of Law’s Black Law Students Association is a member of both the National Black Law Students Association and the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association.
The goal of the Black Student Union is to unify black and minority students on the campus of UTK. Through dialogues, programming, and service, we will create a supportive and inclusive environment.
Brothers United for Excellence is a student organization that promotes academic excellence, professionalism, social development, and health and wellness attainment. B.U.E. strives to serve as a resource for students to succeed through college years.
Campus Disability Advocates is a student organization at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville that seeks to educate the campus about disability issues, advocate on behalf of people with disabilities, and promote equal respect. Founded in Spring 2012, CDA in its first year held a week long event of disability programming aimed at students and the city which included a forum, a movie screening, an art show, a portrait display of individuals with disabilities on campus, and a conference featuring speakers from around the nation. The group has also worked with UT’s Facilities Services to improve accessibility on campus. Campus Disability Advocates’ member base and support continues to grow as the group makes a larger impact on campus every semester.
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.
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 (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.
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/
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.
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.
A group to promote gender equality and unite feminists of all shapes, sizes, and genders.
FAA is an organization that serves as a platform where students who are Filipino-American or interested in Filipino Culture can meet. We strive to spread awareness on culture and related topics, create a safe space, and make life-long friendships.
Affiliated with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Graduate Students for Social Justice is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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’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 fundraises 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 (LUGC) was founded at the University of Tennessee in 1977. Students came from all races, ethnic backgrounds and paths in life for the sole purpose of ministering through song. Besides singing, Love United Gospel Choir and its members continue to serve the UT campus and Knoxville community.
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.
MANRRS strives to increase and support the number of minorities seeking degrees and careers in agriculture, natural resources, and related sciences.
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.
The mission of Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) is to guide and assist minority pre-medical students explore and gain insight into professional healthcare careers by coordinating and implementing informational programs, providing helpful academic resources, and organizing volunteer opportunities.
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.
This organization is designed to address specific issues and concerns relevant to graduate students of color attending the University of Tennessee.
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., and Sigma Sigma Rho Sorority, Inc. These five 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.
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.
The basic purpose of the association is to increase awareness of the Islamic faith among the student population. For this reason, the association is open to Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Islam has long been a misunderstood religion in the west. We aim to set the record straight and clear up the many misconceptions.
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…
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.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) with more than 19,000 members, is the largest student-managed organization 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.
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.
The Native American Student Association (NASA) aims to provide a greater understanding of Native American culture through sponsorship of campus and community events. The group welcomes all members of the UT community who are interested in learning about and teaching about Native cultures.
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.
OUTgrads is the University of Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ organization for graduate students.
POSE is a diverse group of students who have a passion and drive for learning more about the fashion industry and who seek to better there modeling skills as well. We strive to build confidence in each individual in our organization.
Pride Ambassadors’ main goal is to help maintain the Pride Center and carry out its mission. The Pride Center provides support, resources, and a community space for UT’s LGBTQIA and ally students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone who seeks to learn about topics related to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.
UT’s Progressive Student Alliance organizes for social justice. As an activist student group, we fight for issues on our campus and in our community through grassroots organizing efforts and popular education.
This is a national veterans honor society designed to recognize outstanding academic achievements by student veterans at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
SGA Diversity Affairs: A branch of Student Services that strives to promote inclusion and diversity on UT’s campus and in the greater Knoxville community. For more information, visit our Facebook page.
S.E.E.D. is an organization of dedicated and committed young women who want to bring diversity and Asian Awareness to the University of Tennessee. As a group we will promote diversity in bringing an Asian-interest sorority to campus.
SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize their fullest potential and impacts the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a non-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.
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.
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.
The purpose of the Turkish Student Association is to unite Turkish students, Turkish Community in Knoxville and those interested in Turkish culture
VolOUT (formerly Lambda Student Union) is the undergraduate student-lead organization on campus that provides a means of communication among sexual and gender minority students and their straight allies at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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.