Calling all social leaders.
This Wednesday, Oct. 9, the Social and Environmental Impact Fair will be held at the UC Ballroom from 2-5 p.m. Hosted by the Center for Leadership and Service and Career Services, the fair will feature representatives from a variety of organizations seeking students committed to critical environmental and social issues.
"We welcome anyone to stop by the fair to learn more about organizations near and far," said Kate Kennedy, assistant director of the Center for Leadership and Service.
During this event, organizations will set up booths to speak with interested students about their respective areas of concern.
Shawna Hembree, who works for the Center for Impact Careers, a department within Career Services, said the fair can lead to employment in a number of rewarding fields.
"The purpose of the event is to connect University of Tennessee students with non-profits, government agencies, mission-driven-for-profits and campus organizations to discuss volunteer, internship, membership and career opportunities that impact our society's most pressing problems," Hembree said. "This year's fair will host approximately 50 organizations with diverse missions including environmental conversation, youth outreach, community and international development, social ventures and enterprises, civic engagement, education, clean energy and healthcare to name a few."
Created five years ago, the fair was originally called the Volunteer and Service Corps.
At that time, the event focused primarily on service corps programs. Later, the fair diversified, growing to include organizations on and off campus. Since then, the event's popularity and success have grown, too.
Hembree said she believes the fair will help students discover a love for civil service, and hopefully "develop life-long volunteers with the skills and knowledge to be ethical leaders in their professions and have positive impact on some of our world's biggest challenges."
Kennedy agrees, and said that the fair allows students already devoted to specific causes to transform that commitment into a potential career.
"It is our hope that students will obtain a greater understanding of how they can take their passions of impacting the world around them and apply them to their future jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities," Kennedy said. "Whether wanting to make a difference on campus, in Knoxville or in the world, students will have a chance to learn about organizations that share the same goals as they do."