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Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service


The Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service is a partnership between the Sargent Shiver Peace Institute (SSPI), the UChicago Institute of Politics, and the College. The Shriver Program brings to life the legacy of Sargent Shriver, who personified the spirit of public service. He made an enduring impact on America and the world as the founder of the Peace Corps and VISTA, and made his mark in Chicago as president of both the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education.

Each year, the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service, made possible by the generous support of the SSPI, will engage a select group of UChicago undergraduates in a yearlong program of practical training in public service leadership based on the example, achievements, and methods of Sargent Shriver.

Please contact Sam Gonzalez or Dillan Siegler if you have any questions about the program.

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The 2016/17 Program: 

From September 2016 to June 2017, the new cohort of Shriver Fellows will engage in hands-on workshops that deepen their understanding of Shriver's approach to social change; develop leadership and professional skills; participate in field trips and site visits to understand first-hand the challenges facing Chicago communities; and work collaboratively to design and launch a program that addresses a critical need. All Shriver Fellows are awarded a $2000 stipend for their participation in the program.