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What is UT LEAD?

The UT LEAD Learning Community is a one-year, non-residential, academic learning community that focuses intentional, holistic, and transformative academic, social, and cultural experiences. As a member of UT LEAD, students will acclimate to campus life, make new friends and professional connections, have access to valuable resources, and commit to achieving success.

Mission: UT LEAD aims to foster undergraduate achievement and drive academic distinction for first-generation college students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The program brings a resolute dedication to aiding and guiding student scholars towards the successful completion of their academic pursuits with a steadfast commitment to facilitating their journey towards graduation.

At its core, UT LEAD focuses on the cultivation of leadership qualities, the promotion of academic excellence, the encouragement of personal achievement, and the celebration of diversity among first-generation students. All such students are cordially invited to partake in this transformative program.

  • Resourceful Leadership Skills: Imparting scholars with a diverse range of academic, professional, and community service experiences that equip them to be proactive, productive, and culturally-aware global citizens.
  • Resource-based Academic Excellence: Providing opportunities for professional and academic growth through experiences that cultivate intellectual curiosity, foster personal development, and broaden social and cultural capital.
  • Personal Achievement: Allowing for and encouraging participation in extracurricular activities, reaching educational milestones, and individual progress towards academic goals and success in education.
  • Resourceful Diversity: Promoting a culture of inclusivity and respect by recognizing, valuing, and embracing differences to make sure everyone feels welcome, no matter who they are, working hard to remove any obstacles, and investing time and resources to make sure that all members of the community, including students, staff, and vendors, are treated with respect and have equal opportunities.

Why participate in UT LEAD?

UT LEAD offers a unique opportunity for First-Generation Vols to thrive. As a trailblazer and pioneer, your success is our top priority. By participating in the program, you’ll gain access to a comprehensive academic, social, and cultural curriculum, as well as form meaningful relationships with peers, faculty, and staff.

These resources and connections will support you in becoming an integral part of the UT community and staying focused on your academic, professional, and personal aspirations. Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded with scholarships to further enhance your academic success. As a member of the LEAD community, you’ll seamlessly integrate into campus life, make lasting friendships, have access to valuable resources, and be empowered to achieve your goals.

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