Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL)

TISL involves delegations from colleges and universities from across the state in a mock legislative experience. The General Assembly meets each November in the state capitol in Nashville. Students join committees, write bills, engage in debate, and exercise parliamentary procedure to take on some of the most important political issues of the day. In addition to joining their college’s legislative delegation, students may also participate as lobbyists or media. If you’re interested in joining Sewanee’s delegation, please contact Professor Hatcher.

Margaret Dupree, C’19, has served two years as Sewanee’s senator, winning Best Senator award after the 2016 General Assembly, and here is what she has to say about the experience:

“TISL has helped me understand the process of lawmaking in a unique way which has made my political science studies more profound and dynamic. I have watched college students from across the state tackle issues in a measured and passionate way all while being respectful. TISL is what you make it. You can write as many or as few bills as you would like, speak as often as you like, lead as much as you see fit. You can focus on topics you find important. Personally, health services and accessibility has been a focus, but I have been asked to edit and sponsor bills that range from increasing the minimum wage to reform safeguards for suspects during police interrogation. Partisan influence can make it is easy to forget that there are people out there who work and fight for their fellow citizens- who want to make the world a better place. TISL is an environment where these people can get better equipped to make the change they want to see.”