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Leadership & Service

Do you want to get involved on campus and make a difference? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills? That’s what being a UT Volunteer is all about, changing the world with Big Orange Big Ideas.

The Center for Leadership and Service has a variety of programs and services open to any student who’s interested in furthering leadership skills or serving those in need.

Programs and classes include:

  • Ignite – Allows freshmen to learn about opportunities for involvement and life outside the classroom while meeting new students and developing leadership skills
  • Emerging Leaders Class – A leadership course taught every fall for rising sophomores interested in studying leaders, leadership theories, and the application of leadership
  • Leadership & Service Ambassadors – A group of leadership and service educators dedicated to serving the campus and community as a resource group
  • LeaderShape Institute – An intensive program that produces extraordinary results in an organization while helping college students develop a commitment to lead
  • Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service – Engages students in daylong leadership and service learning at the Clifton M. Jones Conference

Service opportunities include monthly and weekly trips as well as alternative fall and spring break trips that impact hunger and homelessness, literacy, the environment, global issues, women’s issues, and healthcare, among others.

The Leadership and Service Learning Community provides first-year students with an opportunity to live together in a residence hall to develop and enhance your leadership and service knowledge and practice.

Our Dance Marathon program is the largest student-run philanthropy in the country. Since 1995, UT students have raised more than $1 million for children’s cancer research to benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.