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Center for Student Engagement: Impact on Student Learning

Over the course of the semester, the Center for Student Engagement hosts over 50 events. In the fall 2020 semester, the CSE hosted 71 events for students in both in-person and virtually. The campus events include social events for students to meet new people, learn a new perspective, or to engage in the Knoxville community.

The events hosted by the CSE support student learning:

– Develop critical and reflective thinking abilities

– Demonstrate the ability to create meaningful relationships through creating environments that allow students to connect – Facilitate student connection to the campus through events hosted by the CSE, students will be able to create and cultivate community

– Facilitate student learning through events hosted by the CSE, students will be able to gain a better understanding of a given topic or identity to broaden their perspective

Qualitative Feedback from Student Participants:

“The events organized by the Center for Student Engagement this semester were inspiring and educative. I have always thought campus programs are a good resource for all students, but these unprecedented times of a global pandemic made me realize how important they are for our mental health. This semester CSE had numerous in-person and virtual events happening every day I could join at my convenience in between the graduate research to refresh my mind. I especially loved the trips to local places of interest, as we visited the Knoxville Museum of Arts, East TN History Museum, and the Zoo Knoxville. As an immigrant graduate student, it provided me a rounded idea about issues of racial justice, the art world, and the American culture. I am very thankful to all the CSE staff involved in organizing all the in-person and virtual events. Long may these efforts continue!”

– Ekramul Ehite, Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering ’22