Civic Engagement Program

THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM PROVIDES PATHWAYS FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS FROM ANY ACADEMIC DIVISION TO ACTIVATE THEIR INTEREST IN POLITICS THROUGH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT.

Through workshops, treks and trainings, students can explore their passion for public service. By developing leadership skills, serving their communities, and exploring public policy, students can see how their actions impact the world around them.

“Post-election, a lot of us are reconsidering what public service means to us. It’s not just about running for o ce anymore. It’s about all forms of public service, and people are hungry to make a direct impact, to feel like they’re making a di erence and taking action. The Civic Engagement programs are exactly that.” — Caroline Hutton, AB'18

Leadership Programs such as Leaders of Color, Women in Public Service, TechTeam, and The Gate help students learn the skills necessary to meaningfully influence politics and public service. Students can participate in one or multiple programs in order to reach their personal goals.

Civic Engagement Initiatives are where students actualize their ideas. Initiatives allow students to seek answers to specific questions or address a particular public need. Current Initiatives, such as New Americans UChicago, the Chicago Peace Corps, and LegUP Woodlawn are a chance for students to work directly in Chicago communities on issues ranging from immigration to restorative justice and education.

During Political Exploration Treks, students see firsthand how governments function. Open to all undergraduate students, Treks allow students to watch politicians in action, visit governmental offices, and compare how government works in both local and international settings.

Civic Engagement offers workshops introducing students to the nuts and bolts of politics. Topics range from protest to running for office, and often build on the work of the Speaker Series and Fellows Program.

With any questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact the Civic Engagement team:

Support for the IOP Civic Engagement program comes from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Michael and Jennifer Freedman, Howard L. Gottlieb Foundation and the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute.

Download the PDF overview on the IOP Civic Engagement Program