Sometimes an email just does not suffice to get involved.
On Wednesday afternoon, tables with representatives from various companies and institutions lined the UC Ballroom for UT's fifth annual Social and Environmental Impact Fair. The event was hosted by Career Service's Center for Impact Careers and the Center for Leadership and Service.
Shawna Hembree, co-coordinator for the fair and assistant director of Career Services, explained its goal.
"I think the purpose of the fair is to bring together both our outside community, regional and even some international organizations along with our campus groups that focus on service in the capacity of social and environmental sustainability," Hembree said.
Fifty-two campus and Knoxville area organizations were present, offering volunteer, internship, service corps and career opportunities.
Antonio Brkovic, senior in geography and Teach For America's representative at the fair, explained what his organization represents and how it benefits society both socially and economically.
"Teach For America is a non-profit organization seeking college graduates to teach in a low-income community for two years in hopes of closing the opportunity gap that exists in our country between kids who grow up in low-income communities and their peers in more affluent communities," Brkovic said. "Our organization is here to work towards ending this issue of education inequality."
After the fair, Career Services received feedback from the organizations regarding the number of students they gained as a direct result from the fair.
The expected attendance was around 300 people, but Hembree said marketing and advertising for the event could always improve.
Hembree emphasized that area organizations are excited to attend, but the fair's biggest concern is how to make the event more appealing to students.
Recognizing the growing difficulty students have with face-to-face contact in today's electronic age, Hembree stressed the importance and value of the fair to gain contacts with future employers.
"Networking has always proved one of the hardest things for our students to do and this is what this fair is about," Hembree said. "Even if an organization here only has a volunteer opportunity and you are a senior and need a job, you can still learn more about the professional standing behind that table and how they got their job."