Dylan Rivera, a 2020 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, is the director of policy planning and implementation for the city of Chattanooga. His work directly influences Chattanooga’s minority neighborhoods by bridging the disparities in generational health, safety and prosperity.
The UTC National Association for the Advancement of Colored People student chapter has been selected for the 2023 Viola Mapp Membership Ruby Hurley Image Award from the Chattanooga-Hamilton County NAACP.
UTC MPA student Shelby Glover was recently awarded a 2023 Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA) Master of Public Administration Scholarship, designed to encourage the next generation of professionals in local government.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Honors College is joining forces with the city of Chattanooga to find new and better ways to solve some of the city’s problems. The UTC Innovations in Honors program and the Chattanooga Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance have agreed to collaborate on developing solutions to citywide challenges involving public housing and health during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Interdisciplinary research: Undergrads from across the country come to UTC to study Chattanooga’s greenways
This summer, Chattanooga’s greenways became a laboratory for 10 undergraduate students from across the country. Intertwining ecology, biology, geography and public policy, the students used their interdisciplinary research in hopes to improve the Tennessee Riverwalk and South Chickamauga Creek Greenway.
Jonathan Rush, a 2022 graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, exemplifies how the program helps aspiring public servants build meaningful and impactful careers in their local communities.
With a passion for public service and a desire to make a positive impact on society, Rachel Gentry chose the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She wanted to capitalize on her strengths in coordination, collaboration and managing teams of people and projects.
The extent and importance of Katherine Goforth Elverd’s accomplishments on and off the UTC campus is being noticed. Chattanooga’s Chatter magazine selected Elverd, professor and director of the music therapy degree program at UTC, to its 2023 ‘20 Under 40’ list.
As someone who is passionate about urban planning, specifically transportation planning, Master of Public Administration student Arsen Martyshchuk—who came to UTC thanks to the the University’s Global Response Assistantship—enjoyed learning about public transit in Chattanooga and public attitudes toward it. Sometimes, the native of Krasnyk, Ukraine, rode the bus “just for fun.” When it was time to find a summer internship, Martyshchuk wanted to pursue his passion.
UTC senior Mateo Jimenez has been serving as an American Connection Corps/Regional Connectivity Fellow for Lead For America—a national nonprofit organization that trains college students to serve as full-time local government or nonprofit employees in their home communities. Fellows are placed in positions where they can directly impact challenges such as education, healthcare, economic development, environmental sustainability and social equity.