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 in the crucial upcoming local elections. CLC was an incubator for leaders; past participants have started Roosevelt campus network chapters at the 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 developed critical public policy and organizational leadership skills in researching, writing and enacting change on their campus and in their Illinois community.
During the 10 week 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.