Civic Engagement

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

Through student-led Community Action Projects, undergraduate and graduate students engage in a wide range of community efforts. During the past year, the IOP supported the following projects: BallotReady, Chicago Bound, Chicago Peace Corps, Leaders of Color, Maroon Veterans Alliance, New Americans UChicago, TechTeam, TurboVote, and Women in Public Service. Beyond Chicago, the IOP hosts trips and site visits to introduce students to different political systems, cultures and policymakers. These trips broaden perspectives and provide first hand opportunities to learn about key issues and careers in public policy.

More than 1,000 students each year engage in the IOP’s civic engagement efforts, providing direct impact to Chicago area communities and enabling students to delve into issues that are important to them.

For more information about the Student Civic Engagement Program, contact Dillan Siegler, Director, Partnerships & Engagement.

To learn more about the Student Civic Engagement Program, take a look at our 2014-2015 Year in Review video below, starting at minute-mark 3:40.