Chicago Leaders Class

By Malik Alim, Michalis Nikiforos, Manon Steel, Michelle Asamoah, Gennaro Zezza, Victor Tavarez, Chris Olson, Simran Modi, Kendra Bozarth |

From widespread privatization to the new Illinois state budget, Chicago has problems that demand solutions. Chicago Leaders Class (CLC) brings together students from Chicago area schools each semester for a crash-course in local public policy issues, grassroots organizing, and political discourse– helping to engage students during in the crucial upcoming local elections. CLC is an incubator for leaders; past participants have started Roosevelt campus network chapters at University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul, and Moraine Valley, with more in development at Northwestern, the University of Illinois, and more.

Through CLC undergraduate students  develop critical public policy and organizational leadership skills in researching, writing and enacting change on their campus and in their Illinois community. The spring 2017 class will focus on a policy topic chosen by the students during our application process. We build our meeting schedule, our topics, and activities all around students availability.

Applications will be accepted through August for the 10 week class which begins in September 2017. A class of 10-20 accepted students from colleges and universities across Chicago will have the opportunity to join the Chicago Leaders Class. During the semester-long workshop, students will learn the basics of researching, writing and advocating for local policy change, meet policy professionals at the state and local level, and prepare to launch Roosevelt chapters on their campus.

Check out our Chicago Leaders Class FAQ’s for additional information about the program.

Applications for the fourth Chicago Leaders class are now open. Use the form below to apply today.

Learn more about our Spring 2017 Leaders and the Roosevelt Institute Illinois team below.

Malik Alim is the Illinois Organizer at Roosevelt Institute. He is responsible for cultivating a diverse network of students and developing new Roosevelt chapters at colleges and universities. As a trainer, facilitator, and organizer, Malik provides students with the tools and resources to mobilize their peers around policy issues, build strong chapters, and develop conscientious leaders. Malik has previously been involved in several grassroots campaigns in Chicago, including the demand for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), the Chicago Police Torture Survivors Memorial, and the Coalition to Save Dyett High School. He also serves as the Chicago chapter Membership Co-Chair for the Black Youth Project 100, a national collective of young Black organizers. In his spare time, Malik enjoys taking road-trips, reading, and having spirited debates.