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Vol Success Summit

November 29-December 2 
Student Union, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Registration is now closed!

The Division of Student Success presents UT’s inaugural Vol Success Summit, a four-day professional development retreat open to the entire Volunteer community. In alignment with UT’s Strategic Vision and the Volunteer Experience, the Vol Success Summit invites attendees to engage with and examine topics on academic success that create conditions for every student scholar to thrive and succeed.


The Vol Success Summit provides an opportunity for members of the Volunteer community to engage in thoughtful dialogue and activities to:

  • Discover well-being practices to align with student engagement.
  • Review assessment strategies for opportunities of progress.
  • Participate in thoughtful diversity, equity, and inclusion work about engagement with student scholars of underrepresented populations.
  • Engage with student scholars and the campus community about the Vol Experience.

Schedule & Speakers

Each day and presentation will include interactive, dynamic round table discussions between attendees and an awesome opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue and provide perspective to improve the Volunteer student experience. UT leadership will offer opening remarks and nationally recognized speakers will present on topics relevant and important to each day’s theme.

November 29

Amber Williams Tim Hodges
Amber Williams
Vice Provost for Student Success
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tim Hodges
Executive Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Hodges will lead an engaging discussion for attendees to discover well-being practices to align with student, faculty, and staff engagement. The presentation will be followed with a roundtable discussion and activity on topics including helping students leverage their strengths for goal achievement and cultivating strengths and well-being with the UT campus culture.

November 30

Donde Plowman Clint! Runge
Donde Plowman
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Clint! Runge
CEO & Founder

Mr. Runge with Archrival, a youth culture agency that reinvents brands to engage young adults, will share strategies on understanding and effectively reaching Generation Z. Afterward, a panel of UT students will discuss their experiences with their Vol Success Teams.

December 1

Tyvi Small Derrick Brooms
Tyvi Small
Vice Chancellor for
Diversity & Engagement
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Derrick Brooms
Professor of Sociology
& Africana Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Brooms will present a thoughtful discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion and engagement with students of underrepresented populations. Following his presentation, Professor Brooms will interact with attendees to discuss minority students’ experiences in higher education and particularly at predominantly White institutions (PWIs) and the development of an identity-conscious culture.

December 2

Leonard Clemons Patrick Biddix
Leonard Clemons
Associate Vice Provost
for Student Success
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Patrick Biddix
Professor of Education & Co-Director of the Postsecondary Education Research Center (PERC)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Biddix will lead attendees in a discussion to review higher education assessment strategies for opportunities to progress student assessment response trends and data-informed decisions.


Summit FAQs

Q: Who can attend the Vol Success Summit?

A: Everyone! Any individual with a passion for higher education and would like to learn more about students’ well-being and strengths; the unique identities and traits of Generation Z; diversity, equity, and inclusion within the college climate; and assessment strategies for student affairs is encouraged to attend.

Q: Do I have to attend all four days?

A: Not at all. You may attend any combination of days or all four days. You may also attend only those sessions you are most interested in.

Q: Do I have attend in person or can I attend virtually?

A: The Summit will be live both in person and virtually. As time gets closer to the event, virtual links will be added to the daily schedule above.

Q: I have questions about the Vol Success Summit. Who may I contact?

A: Questions about the Summit can be directed to Kevin Reeves, director of Strategic Initiatives.