Participants in the community organizing concentration will explore the various strategies used to achieve social change

Special Concentration in Community Organizing

Engage Chicago is pleased to offer an exciting program component for students interested in community organizing. This new concentration will consist of a series of weekly sessions that help students understand and contextualize community organizing, focusing on the various approaches taken and the many issues addressed.

In order to participate, students must apply to and be accepted into the Engage Chicago program.

Engage Chicago: Community Organizing Concentration

The community organizing track will build on the extensive history of organizing in Chicago – from Ida B. Wells to Saul Alinsky –  while introducing students to current work being done around the city. The eight-week program will focus on the efforts of young people of color, visiting organizations like We Charge Genocide, Black Youth Project, Chicago Light Brigade, and the movement for reparations for police torture. Along the way, students will be exposed to a variety of different prospective careers related to organizing and advocacy.

In addition to specific organizations, students will explore issues related to:

  • Mass incarceration
  • Youth violence and restorative justice
  • Education reform
  • Racial and gender equality

Page May, Chicago-based activist and educator, will lead this concentration.


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