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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world." -Anne Frank

The mission of The Center for Leadership & Service is to educate and engage all students to lead and serve the global community.

This is accomplished through a variety of programs and services open to any student interested in furthering his or her leadership skills or serving those in need. Programs and classes include Ignite, The Emerging Leaders Class, the Leadership & Service Ambassadors, the LeaderShape Institute, the Leadership & Service Learning Community, the Leadership Knoxville Scholars program, the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service, and a variety of additional opportunities held throughout the year. Service opportunities include monthly and weekly trips as well as Alternative Fall and Spring Break trips that impact the areas of hunger and homelessness, literacy, the environment, global issues, women’s issues, and healthcare just to name a few!

Trying to get involved on campus? Want to make a difference? Interested in developing your leadership? Stop by our office in UC 305 to learn more about how to get connected to the Center today, or email to be added to our email distribution list!

Would you like to make a contribution to the Center for Leadership & Service? Consider sponsoring a student to attend LeaderShape, Ignite or an Alternative Break Trip! For more information email

Click here to contribute to the Center for Leadership & Service!

During my time at the University of Tennessee, I had the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs that challenged me to grow as a leader. Through the Center for Leadership and Service, I was able to learn about leadership in the classroom and immediately translate that knowledge into real world experiences. Whether I was leading a campus tour, welcoming new students to campus at an Ignite program, or serving in the Knoxville community, I was always able to find a way to grow as a student leader. Upon graduation, I felt prepared to apply my undergraduate experiences to real world situations. I am incredibly thankful for all of the opportunities available at the University of Tennessee that allowed me to grow as a student leader. -Jake Baker, Class of 2015

One campus. One community. Celebrate the differences.

The Center for Leadership and Service is dedicated to facilitating meaningful experiences that expose students to diverse cultures through community involvement in a broad array of activities that extend learning, foster leadership skills, and promote civic responsibility.  We strive to promote a culture of inclusion and a community where diverse opinions, backgrounds and practices have the opportunity to be voiced, heard and respected.   We are a welcoming, safe, affirming, and nurturing environment based upon cherishing the dignity of each individual.  As an office, we celebrate individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin and religion. 
We hope you will join us.

Did you know?


The CLS recently underwent our first-ever departmental program review! Click here to track our progress!

Many of the programs in the Center for Leadership & Service have been designated as some of UT's Top 50 Examplary Partnership Programs connected to UT's recent prestigious Carnegie Community Engaged designation.

Over 52,000 service hours have been logged by UT students since Fall of 2012. Click here to log yours today to qualify for UT's Service Medallion!

99% of University of Tennessee LeaderShape graduates say that the program developed their ability to commit to identifying their core ethical and personal values and then commiting to act on them. For more information on LeaderShape, click here!

100% of the 2014 Emerging Leaders reported that the course increased their leadership ability and their ability to identify their leadership style. To learn more about the EL course, click here!

Students who participate in the Ignite Summit persist to their sophomore year at a rate of 11% greater than non participants! For more information on the Ignite program, click here!

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the LSAs performed over 800 hours of service through 96 volunteer opportunities to 33 agencies and also presented over 60 educational programs to partners on campus and off! To learn more about LSAs click here!


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