Civic Engagement Initiatives

Initiatives leverage the energy of UChicago students to address a specific political issue through innovation and inquiry. Each initiative focuses on developing actionable new ideas impacting the political landscape.

Students can propose new ideas addressing one of Civic Engagements three pillars: Leadership Development, Public Service and Political Exploration. The IOP helps cultivate these ideas, connecting students to resources both on and off campus.

Click on a current IOP civic engagement initiative to learn more about their work:

  • Chicago Peace Corps | Founded in 2015 by a cohort of students from the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service, the Chicago Peace Corp envisions working to create sustainable peace in the City of Chicago. Reflecting the values embodied by Sargent Shriver’s commitment to serving diverse communities, the Chicago Peace Corps focuses on bringing peace and restorative justice methods to Chicago schools and communities. The Chicago Peace Corps mobilizes youth, communities, and volunteers with conflict resolution skills to create a restorative community and dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.
  • LegUP Woodlawn | ‚ÄčLegUP is a college readiness and mentorship program at the UChicago Charter school in Woodlawn. Founded and developed by undergraduate fellows of the Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service, LegUP aims to help high school students navigate the college application process. We are passionate about empowering students to pursue higher-level education through mentorship and academic enrichment. Our team of college coaches is comprised of civic-minded students who understand the importance of education and equity.  

Past initiatives include:

  • BallotReady
  • Maroon Veteran’s Alliance
  • UChicago Democracy Initiative
  • New Americans Chicago


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