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Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service

Overview:

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 Maggie Stohler or Dillan Siegler if you have any questions about the program.

You can learn more about Sargent Shriver and the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute at http://www.sargentshriver.org.

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.

The 2015/16 Program: 

Fall 2015 Workshops

The Fall 2015 Workshops served as the first component in a yearlong program of practical training in public service leadership. In a series of six interactive workshops, pariticipants explored innovative approaches to decision making, using Sargent Shriver's public service record and the creation of the Peace Corps as case studies to understand how to build lasting collaboration and surmount seemingly intractable obstacles when building programs or addressing complex societal challenges. 

 Workshop #1: Revolutionary Fire - Creating Peace in the Midst of War

 Workshop #2: The Seeds of a Promise - Shriver and the Beginning of the Peace Corps

 Workshop #3: Fashioning a Formula - Shriver as Social Innovator

 Workshop #4: Institutionalizing the Peace Corps - Convincing Congress & the White House

 Workshop #5: Selling the Peace Corps - Shriver as Pitchman for Peace

 Workshop #6: Is the Shriver Approach Relevant to Today’s Conflicts?

Winter & Spring 2016

The 2015/16 cohort of undergraduate fellows went through a six month program of practical training in public service leadership based on the example, achievements and methods of Sargent Shriver, who founded the Peace Corps at the request of President John F. Kennedy.