Ignite, a strong tradition for more than fifteen years at UT, has welcomed thousands of incoming freshmen and transfer students to jump-start their leadership journey. This summer, over 800 incoming students will go through an Ignite program.
The newest Ignite program, Ignite Knox, launched this summer as a four-day leadership and community engagement program focused on connecting incoming students with the Knoxville community.
The program, which runs August 8–11, was created after UT’s Center for Leadership and Service began partnering with Knoxville’s Community Connectors, a local version of the national organization CEOs for Cities. This group consists of a diverse group of local leaders who are passionate about the city of Knoxville.
In addition to focusing on highlighting the many opportunities and experiences that Knoxville has to offer, Community Connectors has focused its energy on the recruitment and retention of talent in the Knoxville area, which includes UT’s Class of 2020.
The goal of Ignite Knox is to encourage UT students to see Knoxville as a home, not just the location of their university, with the hope they will stay in Knoxville to live and work after they graduate. Fifty first-year students will interact with current students, staff, and Knoxville leaders to learn about engaging with the campus and the community.