The NEed

The workforce must represent the consumers and communities we reach.

The Tombras School of Advertising and Public Relations is committed to addressing this head on, starting by creating awareness of advertising and public relations careers at the high school level.


Two primary goals guide the Tombras approach:


Enhance Opportunities

The Tombras School has a multi-pronged approach to enhance the experience for underrepresented students. To supplement educational paths, the Tombras School will provide technology, study abroad, professional, and other signature opportunities.


Grow Prominence

Showcase collaborative learning spaces, increased student enrollment and faculty, innovative curricula, and professional engagement will position the Tombras School as the academic leader in the fields of advertising and public relations.


These strategic goals will be met through a series of Tombras Touchpoints—innovative, visible, and impactful initiatives to fulfill our commitment to DEI.


The Tombras Professorship

Honoring Charles Tombras, Sr., this professorship will be held by a faculty member who actively recruits historically underrepresented students, generates reports and materials that promote DEI in higher education and the industries, and champions efforts of the Tombras School.

The professor will engage high school students to create awareness, interest, and excitement for these professions. Students will be supported in pursuing the UT Promise. The map below represents the 38 flagship high schools.

A map of the flagship highschools in tennessee
Lunch & Learns

Annual lunch-and-learns will be hosted at target flagship high schools to thank teachers while educating them on opportunities for underrepresented students.

Enrichment Programs

Tombras School faculty will host events on current industry topics for students and teachers at the Tennessee target flagship high schools.

Summer Fellowships

These competitive opportunities will be offered for high school students prior to enrolling at UT, providing the opportunity to engage in professional development.

Industry Insights

Professors and professionals from the Tombras School will be interviewed on current industry trends in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Graduate Fellowships

Established for students pursuing a 4 + 1 Master’s degree to improve access to graduate education.

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Tombras Teaches

Professionals visit high schools to give insight and guidance for students interested in the fields.

Tombras Tutors

Tombras School faculty will host events on current industry topics for students and teachers at the Tennessee target flagship high schools.

Tombras Signing Day

The Tombras School will host a signing day celebrating incoming students from flagship high schools and provide support for their education.

a smiling womanUT students walking on campus