The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy is proud to work with student organizations whose missions involve civic engagement, the policy process, and share Senator Baker’s civility and non-partisan standing.
The Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, a national student initiative, engages young people in a unique form of progressive activism that empowers them as leaders and promotes their ideas for change. Students identify pressing issues facing their towns, counties and states. and engage in policy research and writing and then connect the fruits of that research to the political process, delivering sound, progressive proposals to policymakers and advocacy groups. RI’s unique model of policy activism is called Think Impact.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Mock Trial team is a student-run organization competing in mock trial competitions across the nation. The organization is run by its Executive Board and generally consists of 25-35 UT students. In fall, they attend private invitational tournaments, and in the spring, they compete in the American Mock Trial Association Championship Series. UTK Mock Trial is one of the most successful student-run mock trial organizations in the nation. In 2012, UTK Mock Trial came in 21st out of more than 600 teams competing in the National Championship Series.
The Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) is a forum for the top echelon of the state’s campus leaders to exchange ideas, express their opinions and learn how government works. TISL’s Senate and House of Representatives, which first convened in 1966, meet in the legislative chambers of the State Capitol each November. The judicial branch of TISL is the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court, which presides over the