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Division of Student Life

The Division of Student Life is charged with improving the student life at the University of Tennessee. Its various departments encompass many different aspects of university life but all work toward one goal – providing students with an engaging and enlightening atmosphere of living and learning. The division is committed to an uncompromising respect for diversity, strong partnerships with university programs and support of the university’s academic mission. Resources for students…

Dean of Students Office

The mission of the Office of the Dean of Students is to engage and support students throughout their learning experience by providing co-curricular programs and services.

Pride Center

You belong here!! The Pride Center works to provide a safe and welcoming environment for UT’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally communities. As a physical symbol of UT’s commitment to diversity, The Pride Center provides support, resources, and a community space for UT’s LGBTQQI and ally students, faculty, and staff, as well as anyone who seeks to learn about sexual orientation or gender identity. The Pride Center achieves this by sponsoring programs and events that raise awareness, that increase visibility, and that engage in advocacy regarding LGBTQQIA issues.

Center for Student Engagement

Student organizations may consider co-programming with one of the many student-run committees within the Center for Student Engagement, in order to maximize resources and to appeal to a greater number of students for attendance at programs and events. In addition, student organizations will want to look at other events scheduled on campus when planning their own calendar of programs.

Center for Leadership and Service

The CLS mission is to educate and engage all students to lead and serve the global community. This is accomplished through a variety of programs and services open to any student interested in furthering his or her leadership skills or serving those in need. Programs and classes include Ignite, The Emerging Leaders Class, the Leadership & Service Ambassadors, the LeaderShape Institute, Dance Marathon, the Leadership & Service Learning Community, the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service, and a variety of additional opportunities held throughout the year. Service opportunities include monthly and weekly trips as well as Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips that impact the areas of hunger and homelessness, literacy, the environment, global issues, women’s issues, and healthcare just to name a few!

Trying to get involved on campus? Want to make a difference? Interested in developing your leadership? Stop by our Resource Room in UC 315 to learn more about how to get connected to the Center today, or email to be added to our email distribution list!

Leadership and Service Ambassadors

Leadership and Service Ambassadors are a group of leadership and service educators dedicated to serving the campus and community as a resource group. The LSAs are involved in a variety of community service opportunities and campus organizations, and exist to connect fellow students to leadership and service experiences. They present programs on a variety of topics related to leadership & service and also strive to serve community needs through education, service & reflection.

The LSAs present programs to thousands of students each year on a wide variety of topics ranging from servant leadership, planning community service projects, teambuilding, leadership styles, diversity & inclusion, and understanding community needs in addition to planning and executing service events for students impacting the areas of hunger and homelessness, literacy, the environment, global issues, women’s issues, and healthcare just to name a few! Additionally, the LSAs offer leadership and service certifications each semester in a variety of areas including executive officer training, social justice understanding, and many more! Any student, faculty, staff member or community partner can request a service trip or a customized program or presentation from the LSAs by visiting their online request form and workshop listings.

Ready for the World Initiative 

As part of the Quality Enhancement Plan’s Ready for the World Intercultural and International Initiative, the Chancellor calls for proposals from University Faculty, Staff, and registered Student Organizations for special projects explicitly designed to improve undergraduate education and further one or more of the action goals of the Initiative. These goals include:

  • Improving faculty capacity and engagement in international and intercultural education.
  • Transforming the undergraduate curriculum to enhance international and intercultural content.
  • Bringing the intercultural/international world to the University.
  • Taking the University to the world.

Examples of appropriate projects might be speakers, performances, exhibits, workshops, program events, conferences, and travel to negotiate formal relationships with cooperating institutions of higher learning in other countries.

Click on the following website for additional information and details on the application process: