From food deserts and police accountability to neglected schools and overfunded political campaigns, Chicago has problems that demand solutions. Chicago Leaders Class brings together undergraduate students from the Chicago area each semester for a crash-course in local public policy issues, grassroots organizing, and political advocacy. CLC is an incubator for leaders; past participants have started Roosevelt campus network chapters at Moraine Valley Community College and UIC, with more in development at Loyola, Harold Washington, Dominican, and beyond.
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 from December through January for the 10 week class which begins in February 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.
Applications for the third Chicago Leaders class are now open. Use the form below to apply today.
Learn more about the fellows for 2016’s Chicago Leadership Class and the Roosevelt Institute Illinois team below.