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Student Engagement


Get engaged at the Baker Center!

Students from freshman through graduate school can be involved with the Baker Center. From our freshman Baker Center Living and Learning Community to Baker Ambassadors (Sophomore and up) to Baker Scholars (Juniors-Seniors), who research a topic of their choosing with a faculty mentor. We also offer Diplomacy Lab in collaboration with the US STate Department and and the Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge, through faculty courses and clubs. Soon we will be offering a Public Policy Analytics Minor - so stay tuned and join us!

Baker Center Course Offerings

Planning is underway for more courses as we move to develop a public policy minor. More information on the Baker Center’s course offerings can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Baker Scholars

The Baker Scholar program has consistently attracted the University of Tennessee’s most academically gifted, politically curious students

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Baker Ambassadors

Students selected to serve as Baker Ambassadors help create, plan, and manage special events in connection with the Baker Center.

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Baker Center Living Learning Community

The Baker Center Living Learning Community (BCLLC) is designed for incoming freshmen who want to improve their understanding of our system of governance and public policy making within an established student support network.

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Diplomacy Lab

The Diplomacy Lab enables the State Department to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty at universities across the country.

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Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge

This Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge is a student team competition that takes real community problems and engages students, from across disciplines, to work together and with the community to solve these issues by creating federal, state or local policy or or a policy-related initiative.

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Master Public Policy and Administration

The Baker Center also supports graduate education in the Masters of Public Policy and Administration, offered by the Department of Political Science.

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Partner Student Clubs

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.