The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Office of Diversity & Community Relations

Haslam College of Business

Community Outreach

Education College Access Program (ECAP)

We are a sponsor of Early College Awareness Program (ECAP), a partnership with Project Grad Knoxville, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Student Life, and the UTK Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The purpose of this program is to expose elementary school students and their parents to college. Undergraduate business students host workshops for the student and a question-and-answer session for the parents.

T.E.N.S.E. Summit - Teaching to Eliminate Negative Stereotypes through Education

The Haslam College of Business, the UTK Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion supports the T.E.N.S.E Summit. The T.E.N.S.E. Summit is geared toward youth and young adults between the ages of 12-17 and 18-32 who are committed to making positive changes in themselves and their community through education, music, and style. The summit features breakout sessions addressing these areas.

Austin-East High School Partnership

The Haslam College of Business is partnering with Austin-East High School’s Academy of Finance and Business.? This program is intended to pique high school students’ interest in studying business at the university level and in pursuing business careers. Field trips to the university and other educational opportunities for academy students are provided.

Knoxville Area Urban League (KAUL) Partnership

The Haslam College of Business has partnered with the Knoxville Area Urban League’s “Achievers” program a program that targets high school students demonstrating academic strength.?As a part of this initiative, students are brought to the UT campus for career workshops, exposing them to the different majors and career opportunities that can be pursued at UT.? The first event was fall 2006; future events are planned that also will draw from Urban League programs in Chattanooga, Nashville, and Memphis.

A team of full-time MBA students is working with the Knoxville Area Urban League in helping them develop empowerment zones.

The Haslam College of Business is a table sponsor of the annual “Equal Opportunity Awards Gala,” KAUL’s major fundraising initiative each year. The funds raised provide services to over 5,000 individuals in the Knoxville area.

Teen Summit and Black Issues Conference

In partnership with the Knoxville Area Urban League, our office is a sponsor of the Teen Summit and Black Issues Conference. The Teen Summit event is held in conjunction with the Black Issues Conference which immerses young people in a college setting to a unique educational and development experience, focused on important skills for success in college, work and life. While youth participants learn to navigate the college experience, adults participating in the Black Issues Conference are provided with structured professional development and skill building workshops.

Burlington Library Initiative

The Haslam College of Business is one of four colleges in the university working to develop a satellite facility in the Burlington Library in East Knoxville to assist the community with business services. The college is providing small business consulting services; personal financial planning services; and other opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to lend their expertise in benefiting the community.

Office of Diversity and Community Relations ~ 332 Haslam Business Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-4140
Phone:+1 (865) 974-3646 ~ Fax: +1 (865) 974-1766 ~ Email:


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