The University's mission statement reads, "The University is committed to the development of each student to become a productive and responsible citizen." For many students, this citizenship means serving others.
Below are UT's Registered Student Organizations focused on service:
Best Buddies International
The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). They do this by matching student volunteers in mutually enriching friendships with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Eye to Eye - University of Tampa Chapter
Through after-school art programs, self-advocating UT students with learning and attention differences will be paired with similar students in a partner middle school who struggle with self-doubt due to their academic and social challenges.
Little Saint Nick Foundation
The Little Saint Nick Foundation (LSNF) inspires hospitalized children through entertainment, education, and activities. They impact kids throughout their hospital stay.
Paws strives to make the Tampa Bay area a healthier and overall greater home to companion animals and wild animals alike. Through hands-on volunteer work and a variety of fundraisers, they work to enrich the lives of animals in Tampa Bay rescues, rehabilitations, and sanctuaries.
PEACE Volunteer Center
PEACE strives to promote volunteerism at The University of Tampa by providing diverse service and advocacy opportunities that empower students through community outreach and leadership. Their mission is to increase volunteerism through direct service, indirect service, and advocacy that creates positive impacts for participants, the Tampa Bay area, and communities around the world.
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is committed to helping people get well, stay well, find cures and fight back against cancer. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
Roots & Shoots
Roots & Shoots is an international organization, founded by Dr. Jane Goodall, focused on making positive change for people, animals, and the environment. They volunteer with environmental community partners, maintain a learning garden at a local elementary school, and promote sustainable living practices.
The purpose of Rotoract is to empower young adults to take action through community and international service, develop leadership skills through professional development, and gain a global perspective that fosters world peace and cultural understanding as partners in service.
St. Jude Up 'til Dawn
St. Jude Up ’til Dawn is a nationwide, student-led, student-run, philanthropic program in which college students raise funds for and awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This all night event is combined of student-led teams of six, which fundraise ($100 per student or $600 per team to enter the all-night event) for the kids at St. Jude.
Student Environmental Action Coalition
The Student Environmental Action Coalition (S.E.A.C.) focuses on making UT more sustainable through various initiatives, which include expanding recycling on campus, food recovery, and waste reduction.
UNICEF at UT
The purpose of this organization is to organize students for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide through education, advocacy, and fundraising as a UNICEF Campus Initiative group through the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
The University of Tampa Diplomats have altruistically served the University campus and local community since 1983. The members of the organization are leaders who serve as ambassadors to the University and encompass the ability to serve, motivate, empower and educate their peers.
WiseWomen seeks to provide knowledge and supplies to combat the growing stigma against menstruation and the lack of wide known knowledge about women’s health. WiseWomen ventures to local areas where women and girls are in need of education and/or supplies such as shelters, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools.