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Meet Our Partners

Much of the success of the Baker Center can be attributed to our wonderful partners in academia, government and business. Since 2003, these partners have supported us through programming, funding, staffing, research and student support.

Partners Housed within the Baker Center

Modern Political Archives

The Modern Political Archives (MPA) is managed by UT Libraries Special Collections. The MPA preserves the papers of some Tennessee members of local government, the US Congress, the federal judiciary, and presidential cabinets.

Masters of Public Policy and Administration Program

The Department of Political Science Masters of Public Policy and Administration program (MPPA) is a professional degree program designed to prepare students to assume responsible positions in the public service and not-for-profit sector through a program of study that integrates the theory and practice of public administration and public policy analysis. For more information, visit the Department of Political Science site

Chancellor’s Honors Program

The Chancellor’s Honors Program is the University of Tennessee’s largest honors program with membership accounting for approximately 10% of undergraduate students. The program is built upon four pillars: courses, community, research, and Ready for the World. The Chancellor’s Honors Program offices are located on the first floor, room 130 of the Baker Center.  For more information, visit their website


Student Organizations Supported by the Baker Center

Roosevelt Institute

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.

Mock Trial

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.

Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

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 Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3). Colleges form teams of two to five members to prepare a brief and argue for the petitioner and respondent before the Court. Producers, editors and reporters of TISL Media communicate in a variety of ways about events at TISL. Current initiatives include videos, a printed newsletter at the General Assembly, blogging and Twitter. Student officers, selected by their peers, play a primary role in running TISL programs throughout the year.