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  1. UIC students, faculty, and staff attend a Civic Engagement Lunch Talk. The Lunch Talk series is an opportunity to learn more about research within the realm of civic leadership and action.
  2. Students compile engagement-related language as part of a Civic Engagement (or "CE") Day. CE Days are an opportunity to practice dialogue and deliberation within the UIC community.

Our educational programs aim to support existing community voices and provide resources for a more effective democracy. Heading link

IPCE’s work in civic learning helps to deepen peoples understanding of the issues that are important to them.

Our programs are centered on building civic engagement capacity, civic learning and leadership development for community residents, leaders and emerging leaders, scholars, and our youth.

They include civic education resources, brown bag discussions, lecture and speaker series, author visits, training and leadership development programs, workshops, and youth-specific programming.


  • Civic Engagement

    The Institute is proud to support events and programs that increase civic engagement capacity across all communities in whatever way possible: from voting, to participating in community discourse, to advocating for causes that are important to individuals.

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    The Institute regularly holds or co-sponsors events that flex civic muscles. Check out our upcoming events for an opportunity to get engaged with the causes you care about here!

  • Civic Learning

    We strive to incorporate programming into our calendar that enriches understanding of policy issues and their intersections with community life and engagement. It is our hope that individuals involved in these programs walk away armed with the information and confidence to act in their communities.

    Civic Lunch Talks
    We support and showcase civic engagement research from UIC faculty and staff. Our research talks bring new light to issues and engage both the attendees and authors in rich discussions about institutions and policies. Learn more about the awards here or check for upcoming talks here!

    National Civic Research Findings
    This report, entitled “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future,” authored by the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Task Force with Caryn McTighe Musil as lead author, includes a national call to action designed to make civic and democratic learning an expected outcome for every college student, and an integrated part of education from pre-school to professional schools. Read the report here.

  • Leadership

    The Urban Public Policy Fellowship (UPPF) program is a leadership development program designed to expose historically underrepresented minority undergraduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago to key public policy issues. The program provides Fellows with seminars covering the areas of public policy-making, advocacy, community development, and service provision, and a valuable internship experience. Learn more here.

    Are you a UIC student looking to get involved in leadership activities through student affairs? Student Leadership and Civic Engagement has numerous opportunities and programs for emerging leaders. Find out more.

    Voices of the Community
    IPCE’s “Voices of the Community” series aims to highlight civic voices from communities around Chicago and showcase their work to a broader audience. Our first community leader from Roseland shared his story and community work. Find out more about him here.