Civic Engagement Projects

The IOP's Civic Engagement programs provide pathways for students to take an active role in shaping politics and policy in their communities. 

Through student-led civic engagement projects, undergraduate and graduate students engage in a wide range of community efforts, from tutoring individuals in the citizenship pipeline to providing digital consulting for South Side Chicago organizations. Students also lead voter engagement efforts across campus, through TurboVote and a partnership with the University of Chicago Democracy Initiative (UCDI), to ensure that UChicago students register to vote, learn about the candidates on their ballot and vote on primary and election days. 2016/17 projects included: the Chicago Peace Corps, Maroons Veterans Alliance, and New Americans UChicago:

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.

Maroons Veterans Alliance | The Maroon Veterans Alliance is a student run veteran support and advocacy program based at the University of Chicago. Two ways to get involved are through Points for Patriots (PFP) and the Veteran Career Advocacy Program (VCAP). 

New Americans UChicago | New Americans UChicago trains student to tutor individuals in the citizenship pipeline to prepare for the citizenship exam.

Please contact Sam Gonzalez, Partnerships & Engagement Coordinator, at if you have any questions.