Discord Student Hubs arrive at UT Tyler

Liz Romo • Staff Writer

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Discord, a communication platform, announced that “Student hubs” were launching on Sept. 1 and would slowly roll out.


These student hubs allow users to enter their school email as a way to join the school specific hub. By joining the hub, this would allow them to add their own servers and find their classmates’ servers all in one place.


Discord is a platform that allows users to communicate through text messaging, voice calls and video calls. Users can interact in communities called “servers” or in private chats.


The platform is primarily built for gamers, but that does not mean it is exclusive. Users can create servers and customize and use them however they please.


Within the server, there are text channels and voice channels. Text channels are where users can send text messages, files, photos and videos. Voice channels are where users can join to talk to other users and they can even video chat as well.


To create an account, all you need to do is create a username, complete a captcha, enter an email and set up a password. After confirming your email, you can log into Discord with your account.


The University of Texas at Tyler’s student hub went live on Sept. 1. As of Oct. 15th there are a total of 16 servers logged in the Student Hub for University of Texas at Tyler and 179 members.


When a user inputs their patriot email to join a student hub, they are prompted to the page below.


Screenshot of the Student Hub for the University of Texas At Tyler. Photo courtesy of Liz Romo
Screenshot of the Student Hub for the University of Texas At Tyler. Photo courtesy of Liz Romo

From here, the user can join a server that is already connected to the student hub, create their own server and add it to the student hub, or invite people to the student hub.


The servers that are currently registered in the UTT Student hub are: Baritone, UT Tyler esports, Rolling Patriots Guild (RPG), Ringside, UT Tyler Computer Science Majors, underground homework help circle, Campus Activities, UTT Genshin Impact, Patriots Pokemon Go, Minecraft SMP Server, UTT Living On Campus, UT-Tyler School of Nursing, Calculus II Study and Assistance, UT Tyler Marketplace, Association for Computing Machinery at UT Tyler and UT Tyler Industrial Technology.


These servers in the student hub can be classified as “Clubs”, “Classes & Subjects”, “Social & Study” and “Miscellaneous”.


The idea for student hubs is to allow students to connect with other classmates in their campus community that may not be possible.


Ashley Daniel, the president of the UT Tyler ESports Organization, shared how the UT Tyler Discord Hub has benefitted their organization.


Smash Swoop Series 1 Tournament in the Patriot Zone. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Daniel.
Smash Swoop Series 1 Tournament in the Patriot Zone. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Daniel.

“The hubs are really good for connecting with students at school, especially if you are an introvert and yo

u don’t want to go out and meet people because then you can just chill in your room and meet people that way,” said Daniel.


Daniel is a senior human resource development major who created the UT Tyler ESports Discord Student Hub Server.





The server has allowed them to communicate events for students at UT Tyler.


Daniel said, “Having the hub is really great for our program because it lets a lot of people find us and find a fun little gamer community that many people did not know was at UT Tyler.


Smash Swoop Series 1 Tournament in the Patriot Zone. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Daniel.
Smash Swoop Series 1 Tournament in the Patriot Zone. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Daniel.

Daniel encourages students to join the UT Tyler Discord Student Hub.


“Discord is the coolest form of social media, it is like one of the only ones where it is really about your friends. I know people who hate social media, but I’m like you should use Discord, it doesn't really count,” Daniel said.


Ethan King, the founder of the Pokemon Go UT Tyler commented on the student hubs as well.


King said that the servers are “a place to have a collection of unofficial clubs for hobbies or niche activities.

Smash Ultimate tryouts and friends in the UT Tyler Esports Lab. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Daniel.
Smash Ultimate tryouts and friends in the UT Tyler Esports Lab. Photo Courtesy of Ashley Daniel.

“[It is] a good way to reach out and meet people you wouldn’t normally meet. We’ve met up with the people in the Pokemon Go server a few times and they’re all very nice. And there are majors that I would have not met if it wasn’t for that,” said King.


Samuel Lee, a freshman Health and Society Major, is the founder of the UT Tyler Genshim Impact server.


“[The student hub] is a really good way to meet with new people. Using Discord from my experience, I got to make new friends and it is a really nice experience especially during COVID. Discord this year during the pandemic helped me a lot to cope with stress or when I had questions or wanted to talk about something, Discord was my number one choice,” Lee said.


Discord can even help students academically.


“[Discord allows for] learning new things. Even though we’re a gaming server, we do have people from the same classes and they help each other in the chat and meet up. It brings me joy when they do that,” Lee said.


Lee even plans on expanding the server.


“Since I’m a CAP student, I was actually going to plan on doing a UT System joint Genshin Discord server,” Lee stated.


This would allow students from all UT System schools to connect and meet people with similar interests.


To download discord, you can go to discord.com or download the mobile app! Make sure to practice online safety!





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