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2021 Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award

The Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award recognizes a student or group for promoting cultural diversity and enrichment on campus.

Elise “Josie” Campbell

Elise "Josie" CampbellJosie Campbell is a senior studying cello performance. She is the co-founder and president of the UT Black Musicians Alliance and a member of the School of Music Diversity Task Force. After graduation, Josie will pursue a Master of Music Performance degree in London as a 2021 Marshall Scholar.

What does being a Volunteer mean to you? How has UT empowered you to make a difference in a way you might not have imagined elsewhere?

To me, being a Volunteer means being a leader and being a member of a society that strives to make the world a more inclusive and safer space for all groups of people.

UT has empowered me to make a difference through the constant guidance and persistence of various professors, faculty, and organizations. I have been able to find and develop my voice as a musician, leader, and activist through the opportunities UT has provided me. UT not only helped me grow as a student but also as a person and a change maker.