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Providing pathways for students to activate their interest in public service. Through workshops, treks, and student-led leadership programs, students develop the tools to become leaders, advocates, and public servants.


UChiVotes is a student-led, nonpartisan voter engagement initiative founded to boost voter turnout and engagement on the UChicago campus. Join the movement and help us become the top voting campus in the country.

UChiVotes In Action

We help you vote, no matter what.

We provide you with the information you need to vote with confidence. Sign up for election reminders and get help with voter registration and voting by mail — all in one place!

Student-Led Programs

Our Student-led programs offer hands-on programming for students to develop as leaders and explore the myriad avenues of public service.

Six students outside IOP, smiling. Two students are holding composition notebooks.

Bridge Writing Workshop

A partnership with Cook County Jail where students lead creative writing workshops for incarcerated individuals.

Leaders of Color

A student-run leadership development program for first- and second-year students of color.


Aims to connect and empower LGBTQ+ students with opportunities to expand their skills in leadership.

Female, nonbinary and trans students outside Institute of Politics, laughing.


Works with women and gender minorities to explore and cultivate their passion for public service.

Tech Team

Develops digital tools to support local nonprofit organizations.

Bridging the Divide

The Bridging the Divide public service leadership program brings urban and rural students together to listen and learn from each other, have productive – and sometimes uncomfortable – conversations that encourage students to break down ideological and geographical barriers.

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