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Department Highlights

The 2020-2021 academic year was challenging for a number of reasons.  The Center for Student Engagement was excited to offer programs, events, and services for student organizations.  Check out our highlights below from the 2020-2021 year.

The CSE hosted 160 total events with 10,560 students attending the events. CEB, a programming board on campus hosted 33 events with 2,692 students attending their events.

27 new student organizations were registered in 2020-2021, with a total of 518 student organizations.

Despite COVID-19, the Student Organization Travel Fund, funded 12 student organizations to attend and/or compete virtually or in-person. The total number of students impacted was 191.

$35,164 was raised for student organizations taking part in the Big Orange Give giving challenge and over 350 donors contributed to that success.  Gifts ranged from $3.34 to $1,000.

The CSE begin offering events specifically for graduate students, with 3 events taking place in the spring and 332 students attending.

Spirit Week, taken place instead of Homecoming during the COVID-19 pandemic, included 15 events and 2,245 students attending.

Rocky Top Presidents Institute, a leadership institute for student organization presidents was a 6-week leadership course with 11 student organization presidents participating.

22,834 pounds of food collected during the Tower of Cans. This provided 19,000 meals to UT students and the Knoxville community through our partnerships with FISH Pantry and Smokey’s Pantry.

By their Words:

“The events organized by the Center for Student Engagement this semester were inspiring and educational.”

“I have always thought campus programs are a good resource for all students, but these unprecedented times of a global pandemic made me realize how important they are for our mental health. This semester CSE had numerous in-person and virtual events happening every day I could join at my convenience in between the graduate research to refresh my mind.” – Ph.D. Student in Biosystems Engineering ’22

“My most valuable learning experience has been learning to delegate tasks to others on my executive team.  I learned early in the year I need help to manage a new organization campus.”