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Providing Peer Education and Support: Students

There are several organizations you can join to support and educate your peers at the university.

Become a VOLS 2 VOLS Peer Health Educator

The VOLS 2 VOLS Peer Health Educators seek to promote a healthy and connected student body where students are equipped with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their health and wellness.

Through peer-to-peer engagement, VOLS 2 VOLS hope to increase accountability among fellow peers and encourage them to speak up and intervene in potentially harmful situations. VOLS 2 VOLS peer educators strive to become a respected resource for student health and wellness at UT.

Applications are reviewed every fall semester, please visit the Center for Health Education and Wellness website for more information.

Student Organizations

There are several organizations you can join to get involved in the movement to end sexual violence, relationship violence, and all forms of gender-based violence. If you are interested in joining any of the student organizations below, please email for more information or sign up for VOLink to get connected.

One Love

One Love is a new student organization at the University of Tennessee that is part of the larger One Love Foundation. The One Love Foundation was founded by Sharon Love, mother of Yeardley Love, a senior lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, who was killed on May 3, 2010 by her ex-boyfriend. Sharon believes that Yeardley’s death could have been prevented had warning signs of abuse within her relationship not been overlooked. One Love honors Yeardley and also seeks to spread awareness about the warning signs of abuse in relationships, particularly among young adults.

If you are interested in learning more about One Love here at UT, please contact

You can find more information about The One Love Foundation at

Women’s Coordinating Council

Women’s Coordinating Council is a feminist student organization that works to empower individuals of all genders on campus and in the Knoxville community through educational programming and activism. Their main events include Take Back the Night which raises awareness about, and supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and The Vagina Monologues which raises money for the Sexual Assault Center for East Tennessee.

Reach out to the WCC by emailing president Abbey Geater at

The Men’s Project

At UT’s Men’s Project, we welcome anyone who identifies as a man to come talk about it with us, and maybe address a few questions along the way. Men commit the vast majority of violence done in this country, yet the vast majority of men aren’t violent themselves nor explicitly condone violence. If we, as guys, are really serious about reducing violence, then what can we do to help beyond just not being violent ourselves?

How do gender, societal norms, sports culture, economics, fear of being uncool and family structure all contribute to acts of violence? How does culturally defined masculinity help and hurt our boys and men?

It’s these questions, and more, that we hope to explore this with you over these next couple of months. Stay tuned.

If you are interested in learning more about The Men’s Project, please visit:

You can also contact the president of The Men’s Project, Don Black, at



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