UT Advocacy is the official grassroots network of alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the University of Tennessee System. Advocates believe in the University’s value to all Tennesseans and share that message with elected officials. Your voice can impact Tennessee’s future. Become an advocate today.


The UT Advocacy Story


In 2012, the University realized the political landscape had changed and UT needed help being heard.

UT System President Joe DiPietro knew UT was critical to the state’s future and made advocacy a priority.

UT’s government relations team saw that it had a statewide grassroots program ready to be harnessed and put into action.

In 2012, the UT Advocacy program was established to connect advocates to the legislative process. Speaking as one, they could be heard.

Together, we speak. Together, we are heard.

We are grateful to our advocates because UT Advocacy would not exist without people who believe in the University’s mission to educate, discover and connect.


About this Site

We provide a behind-the-scenes look at political issues impacting UT via our website, action center, and social media accounts. These are excellent resources to help familiarize you with higher education issues and UT’s stance on those issues. Throughout the year, we will send breaking news and updates surrounding legislative activity. We’ll issue Advocacy Alerts during the legislative session through email and social media accounts. When advocates receive an advocacy alert, we ask that you contact your elected leaders and express your support for the University of Tennessee.