The Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award recognizes a student or group for promoting cultural diversity and enrichment on campus.
Amber Hale, an honors senior majoring in social work, is dedicated to helping those less fortunate—at UT and beyond. Through her work in the Multicultural Mentoring Program, Hale has guided numerous students through their academic careers. This commitment earned her the Multicultural Mentoring Program Award. Hale has served on the College of Social Work Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and as a college ambassador, helping to organize events for students of color. She is involved in the community with groups such as Knox Area Rescue Mission and Vine Middle School. In her hometown of Memphis, Hale works with suicide prevention at a local crisis center. She is the founder of the a cappella group VOLT and has held leadership roles in the Black Cultural Programming Committee. Hale is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honors Society and Order of Omega. After graduating, she will begin her career as a social worker in the Department of Children’s Services.