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Connect with Colleagues

Whether you’re new to UT or have worked here for years, it’s never too late to become more active in our campus community.

Attend Events

The university offers regular events for the campus community. These include Mic/Nite, a social event hosted by the Office of the Provost every semester featuring short, engaging presentations given in a Pecha-Kucha format by faculty from every college, as well as the weekly UT Science Forum, which provides an opportunity to learn about the latest cutting-edge research at UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and other local institutions. Many campus organizations, such as the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism, also host regular meetings and special events.

See a full list of campus events.

Join Organizations & Advisory Groups

Each year, faculty, staff, and students serve on committees that advise on important campus issues. Visit the Office of the Chancellor website to see descriptions of these groups—which include the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism and the Committee on the Campus Environment—and links to more information.

Through the HR office, you can get involved with the Employee Relations Advisory Organization, which provides a direct channel of communication between regular, staff non-exempt employees, and university officials for information and advisory purposes.

Explore Campus

From culture to wellness, UT’s campus offers something of interest for every employee.

Faculty and staff receive special membership rates at RecSports, which provides a wide variety of programs and facilities for almost any sport or fitness interest.

They can also take advantage of discounted tickets at Clarence Brown Theatre, UT’s resident professional theatre for undergraduates and graduate students, and enjoy free admission to the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture.

The UT Gardens, one of the official state botanical gardens of Tennessee, is also free to visit. The garden offers a variety of tours, lectures, workshops, and special events throughout the year.

Give Back

We are Volunteers, and Volunteers give back and are involved in their communities. The Carnegie Foundation recognizes UT as a community-engaged institution, making us one of only 52 universities that the foundation designated as “Community Engaged” with “Very High Research Activity.” Learn more about how UT integrates community engagement with its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and outreach on the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach website.

Interested in finding ways you can get involved in leadership and service offerings on campus and in the community? Visit the Center for Leadership and Service website to view a list of faculty and staff resources.