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Policy Challenge


Great turnout for the info session. Don’t forget – SIGN UP for the Challenge HERE: 2017 HBPPC. Information mnm.rev.1.27.17  Deadline is Friday, Jan. 20!  

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Learn how to impact your community by developing a public policy solution to a real issue. Join us for the 2017 Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge!  HBPPC Reception and Orientation will be held at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, Jan. 18 in the Toyota Auditorium. Complete information available here: 2017 HBPPC. Information

The Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge (HBPPC) is a challenging, fun, educational program that requires a semester-long commitment. Begun in 2013, the Challenge is a “real-world” experience that shows students how to engage in civic life and make an impact by using public policy to solve real issues. The Challenge is open to all UT students. Students must register HERE by Friday, Jan. 20 and can register as:

  • a team (a club or group that wants to address a particular issue)
  • a team enrolled in a Spring semester credit course – your professor will discuss in class
  • an individual – you may wish to apply for special topics credit as this takes time and commitment, particularly when working on your own

The Baker Center will provide the organization, resources and template for students and faculty in creating a policy brief and short PowerPoint presentation. The challenge requires students to engage in research, stakeholder identification, project management, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and analysis as they develop their knowledge of the public policy process, communication skills, presentation skills and writing a policy brief.  Students will learn about current issues affecting their world and how they can impact society directly.voteteam team

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