From widespread privatization to the new Illinois state budget, Chicago has problems that demand solutions. Chicago Leaders Class (CLC) brought 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 crucial 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, and more.
Through CLC, undergraduate students developed critical public policy and organizational leadership skills in researching, writing and enacting change on their campus and in their Illinois community.
A class of 10-20 accepted students from colleges and universities across Chicago had the opportunity to join the 10 week long Chicago Leaders Class. During the semester-long workshop, students learned the basics of researching, writing and advocating for local policy change, met policy professionals at the state and local level, and prepared to launch Roosevelt chapters on their campus.