The Charles R. Burchett Extraordinary Contributions to Campus Life award is named for the World War II veteran, former Knox County Schools administrator, and UT dean of students to honor students and student organizations for extraordinary contributions to campus life.
Asian American Association
The Asian American Association is dedicated to building a Volunteer community that champions all individuals on campus, especially those from underrepresented groups. Formed only three years ago, the organization has grown dramatically and now has more than 100 members. Every month the group hosts an opportunity for members to interact in social programming and education events. Its Big/Little Program allows upperclass students to serve as mentors and role models for younger members. The association invites the campus community to enjoy Asian cultural programming at its annual 865 Market, the first large Asian-influenced night market at an SEC university. It has hosted cultural exchanges with the Latin American Student Organization and other campus groups in addition to being a constant presence in the Knox Asian Festival, providing opportunities for members of the campus community and greater Knoxville community to connect and learn about each other.
Law Women is a group of women and men from the College of Law who come together to celebrate and promote women’s accomplishments in the legal field. The group is both a philanthropic and educational resource that advocates for equal treatment of women in the workforce as well as the protection of those who have faced neglect or oppression. Together, the members of Law Women have provided almost 4,000 pro bono hours of legal aid for people across the state. The group has collected toiletry items for low-income women and worked with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking to teach students how to spot and stop trafficking. Law Women also serves as a tremendous support system to its members, supporting them through difficult courses and providing networking opportunities with faculty and alumni.