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Baker Ambassadors

Students selected to serve as Baker Ambassadors help create, plan, and manage special events in connection with the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Baker Ambassadors are also provided opportunities to participate in exclusive mentorship and professionalization events with leading figures at the University, from the State of Tennessee, and nationally.

Baker Ambassadors must commit to the principles of civility and integrity in the spirit of Senator Baker, and be dedicated to the spirit of public service.

The Baker Ambassadors role is action-oriented, whereby students are given hands-on opportunities in the areas that interest them most. Whether through organizing the annual fall policy challenge or an on-campus debate, encouraging high school students to become involved in the political process, or registering people to vote, ambassadors gain invaluable experience and connections, while providing an important public service.

To be an official member of the Baker Ambassadors program each semester students must:

  • Attend at least 4 meetings

  • Volunteer for at least 1 event (e.g. set-up, clean-up, sign-in, introductory/closing remarks, etc.)

  • Attend at least 1 special session with a guest (e.g. lunch, reception, etc.)

  • If you cannot attend meetings, you are expected to volunteer in the Baker Center office at least 5 hours OR take a BCCP designated course

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA

  • Commit and adhere to the integrity pledge

At the end of the year official members will be recognized for their contributions by the Director, Dr. Matt Murray, and other members of the Baker Center team in a special ceremony.

Questions? Email Dr. Katie Cahill (


Fall 2018 Meetings

  • Aug. 29, First meeting and semester kick-off

  • Sept. 12

  • Sept. 26

  • Oct. 10

  • Oct. 24

  • Nov. 7

  • Nov. 21

  • Dec. 5 (This meeting takes place on Study Day), Final Meeting & Recognition Ceremony

All meetings are held from 5 to 6 pm, Wednesday nights, in rm. 207/208 at the Baker Center unless otherwise indicated.

TO APPLY: Baker Ambassadors Application

Spring 2018 Meetings

  • Jan. 10, Semester Kick-Off & Hot Chocolate 

  • Jan. 24, Resume Workshop– please bring (1) printed copy of your resume 

  • Feb. 7, Ashe Lecture with Amb. Ahmed in Toyota Auditorium (public event)

  • Feb. 21, Cover Letter Workshop– please bring (1) printed copy of a generic cover letter

  • March 7, Interview Workshop

  • March 21, Special Session with guest Ted Landau, former Foreign Service Officer with US State Department and official with international aid organizations

  • April 4, Special Session with guest Sarah Busse, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, UT College of Law

  • April 18, Special Session with Guest

  • May 2, Recognition Ceremony & Final Meeting

2017-2018 Baker Ambassadors

  • Caleb Asbury

  • Bailee Beshires

  • Gabriel Cole

  • Hunter Easterly

  • Katherine Fulcher

  • Richard Goyette

  • Morgan Gupton

  • Jay Hearn

  • Emma Jeter

  • Ella LaRose

  • Grace Malone

  • Cole Pawlacyzk

  • Diana Pope

  • Greta Roberts

  • Sydney Selman

  • Hunter Sinclair

  • Wesley Smith

  • Nathan Timbs

  • Mickayla Stogsdill

  • Alexander Tripp

  • Anita Vorhees

  • Behram Wali

  • Skylar Wilmore

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