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What does it mean to be a Volunteer? For Ovi, the past president of the Student Government Association, it means seeking out opportunities to grow as a leader so he can give back to his university community. This future lawyer even pursued a minor in leadership studies, which was created by UT’s Jones Center for Leadership and Service and the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

“UT is special. It’s a place that expects students to be Volunteers but also gives them the tools to do that. It’s a community that cares for one another.”

Ovi, Political Science, May 2019 Graduate, Oak Ridge, TN

Leadership and Service

Students have logged more than 685,000 service hours in the last six years, according to the Jones Center for Leadership and Service, a campus nexus for educating and engaging students in meaningful leadership and service opportunities.

Alternative Break Program

Through VOLbreaks, UT’s alternative break program, more than 2,500 students have embodied the Volunteer spirit by using their fall and spring breaks to engage in community service across the United States.


Ignite programs allow incoming students to jump-start their time at UT by learning more about the university and experiencing what it means to be a Volunteer before classes even start. The Ignite program gives new students a chance to learn leadership skills while helping Knoxville organizations serve the area’s at-risk populations.

“One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.”

Volunteer Creed

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