The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach has announced the 2019 mini grant winners. The mini grants are awarded to projects that support engagement and outreach activities.
See all mini grant recipients at engagement.utk.edu.
UT hosted a two-day engagement and outreach conference October 8 and 9, bringing together more than 150 faculty, staff, and community partners to discuss collaborations between higher education institutions and their larger communities.
The Office of Community Engagement and Outreach, Office of Research and Engagement, the Office of Diversity and Community Relations in the Haslam College of Business, and University-Assisted Community Schools in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences partnered to host the conference, Building University-Community Relationships: More Than One and Done.
UT alumna Javiette Samuel has joined UT’s Office of Research and Engagement as director of community engagement and outreach. She began work on September 25.
In this role, Samuel will lead efforts to create and strengthen partnerships between UT and external stakeholders and cultivate relationships with key national, state, and regional partners. She will work with units across campus to identify and tackle grand challenges critical to the well-being of our state and its citizens.
“We are thrilled to have Javiette back in Knoxville and part of the ORE family,” said Marisa Moazen, executive director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of Community Engagement and Outreach. “Her experience in and passion for community engagement and extension programs will strengthen UT’s relationship with current and future collaborators across Tennessee.”
Five faculty and staff members shared the impact of UT’s work on various communities during a national conference in Omaha, Nebraska, earlier this month.
The university also received a national award that recognized a project designed to improve the wellness and disaster readiness of an Appalachian community in Clay County, Kentucky.
The 2016 Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) Conference drew about 500 participants from public and private higher education institutions around the country. ESC schools aim to work collaboratively with communities to build strong partnerships by using academic scholarship to inform the work and help improve the communities.