Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award
This award recognizes the outstanding, pro-active contributions of students who serve the campus community and promote diversity and inclusion. The recipient will have demonstrated service, leadership, social advocacy, and/or a commitment to the spirit of cultural enrichment and the appreciation of differences on campus.
Anyone who has received the award in the preceding five years is ineligible for consideration.
What to include in the nomination:
A current biographical sketch of the nominee is requested along with the nomination letter. Please do not send resumes. The nomination statement should adequately reflect specific contributions and beliefs. This statement will be the primary basis for consideration for the award and should be thorough and precise.
- The nominee must be currently enrolled as a full-time UT Knoxville student.
- The nominee must be in good standing, in both academics and student conduct.
- The nominee must be openly pro-active in his/her beliefs in a diverse & inclusive university community.
- The nominee must be actively involved within the UT community, including participating in an organization/group that promotes diversity.
The honoree will be selected by Commission for Blacks members.
Year & Name of Recipient
1998 Gene Mitchell Gray
1999 Spruell Driver, Jr. and Patricia Ann Littlejohn
2000 Not Awarded
2001 Omar Jackson
2002 Sharon Rodriguez-Alicea
2003 Sherica A. Matthews
2004 Ronnie Clark, Jr.
2005 Vanessa Larella Thomas
2006 Jeffery Charles Cohran
2007 Joseph McArthur Cole
2008 Victoria Thomas
2009 Quiteka L. Moten
2010 Quineka Moten
2011 Janay Bryant
2012 Jayanni ElizabethWebster
2013 Melanie L. Barron
2014 Brityney Jackson
2015 Summer Lead Institute Action Committee
2017 Michael D. Oliver, II
2018 Amber Danielle Hale
2020 Allen Heaston
2021 Elise “Josie” Campbell