The Student Political Alliance is a bipartisan alliance for expression, social change, and debate of a wide range of ideas through civil discourse and civic engagements. Founded in 2016, the Student Political Alliance organizes students to confront societies issues both topical and timeless, combating the narrative of partisan politics. All of the Student Political Alliance events and activities are open to the public.
To educate students in ideas, theories, and how to engage in civil discourse; to provide avenues for civic engagement; and to empower students to create a social impact in their communities.
We envision a community that promotes civil discourse and civic engagement for all citizens.
The Student Political Alliance is run entirely by undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, although it is advised by a committee of faculty, staff, and professors. Student Political Alliance members are motivated, intellectually curious students from a diverse range of academic and professional backgrounds. We provide students with valuable first-hand experience and a channel to explore and challenge the ideas that motivate them through bipartisanship.
The guiding authority of our on campus organization rests with the president and an executive committee, composed of the president, three vice presidents, the head moderator, secretary, treasurer, director of internal affairs, and the director of systems & technology. The president and executive committee of the Alliance are responsible for the day-to-day operations, the long-term growth, and ultimate success of the Alliance.
Alliance operations are carried out by six standing committees, each of which is chaired by a vice president or a director. Each standing committee plays a central role in the planning and realization of Alliance events. A programming & events committee recruits guest speakers, handles travel and accommodation arrangements, and creates the program for Alliance events. A communications committee publicizes all Alliance events and serves as curator of the organization’s brand and graphic standards. The finance committee works with budgeting and accruing finances for the organization. A systems and technology committee is in charge of web design, event filming, video editing, and other technology-related tasks. The internal affairs committee oversees membership recruiting and professional development programs. The moderating committee determines event content and trains members in rhetorical skills. The president may from time-to-time, with the advice and consent of the executive committee, form special committees.
On a much broader scale, the Alliance is overseen by it's on-campus Advisory Board and the Board of Directors that assist in the ongoing performance and management of the organization and the alignment with the organizations goal of bipartisan education.