Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature

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Established in 1969 the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL) is the largest and one of the oldest intercollegiate student legislatures in the United States. George Nigh, then-Lieutenant Governor of the State of Oklahoma, started the OIL “to provide an organization in which students can learn the legislative process and practical problems of state government” (Preamble, OIL Constitution). Forty years later, these goals continue to be accomplished each semester, as hundreds of students from around the state gather to simulate the governmental process. Students can participate in the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Executive Branch, the Supreme Court, and most recently, the OIL Press Corps. In addition to hands-on learning about Oklahoma’s legislative and political processes, students also have the opportunity to learn the meaning of servant leadership. OIL participates in a half-day community service project in the Oklahoma City community and contributes canned foods to the Mid-Del Food Bank, making OIL its largest supplier of food. OIL remains non-partisan while facilitating discussion on today’s pressing issues. The primary purpose of OIL is educational, and it does not lobby for or against any issues, political parties, or candidates.

 

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