Programs & Resources

 

For Citizens…

 

IPCE creates helpful informational resources for citizens regarding how government works and should work, how to better connect with government services and leaders, and how and where to participate in discussion, deliberation, and debate on current policy issue.

CivicSourceWeb Portal 

A rich, media-based resource with information on government leaders and services, community and local events, and opportunities to connect with policy organizations and other citizens.

Public forums 

In-person forums, such as town halls and talks with invited speakers, as well as online forums and discussions that give the public an opportunity to connect with leaders and participate in government.

Workshops/Policy Primers 

Events that help citizens learn about complex policy issues and their inherent tradeoffs, as well as useful tools for understanding and navigating the policymaking process.

 

For Leaders and Emerging Leaders…

 

Leaders and emerging leaders will find that IPCE offers useful resources that help them make better decisions and better represent their constituents.  Certainly, leaders need to be fully informed on key policy issues and benefit from engaging citizens in vigorous discussion and deliberation, and IPCE creates space for such discussions.

Training 

IPCE partners with civic and nonprofit organizations to provide training on technology and key policy issues.

CivicSource Web Portal 

IPCE hosts a rich, media-based resource with information on government leaders and services, community and local events, and opportunities to connect with policy organizations and other citizens.

 

For Scholars…

 

IPCE conducts and supports research on civic engagement practice and theory. Our research emphasizes the use of technology to enhance and inform citizen engagement in our democracy, as well as to enhance and inform government decision-making and service delivery.

 Research 

IPCE conducts and supports research on civic engagement practice and theory, with a particular emphasis on the use of technology to enhance and inform citizen engagement in our democracy, as well as to enhance and inform government decision making and service delivery.

Discourse 

IPCE supports the Civic Engagement Discourse Fund Award annually for civic engagement events that facilitate public discourse on policy issues or the policy implications of university research.

 

For Students…

 

IPCE supports youth centered activities focused on building the civic engagement capacity, education, and leadership development for our youth. 

The Urban Public Policy Fellows Program 

UPPF offers internship placements that expose students to policy issues with civic and policy organizations, nonprofit groups, and government offices. While serving at these organizations, students also participate in a seminar and give a research presentation based on their experience. The placement comes with a paid stipend. Selection is based on a competitive application.

IPCE Civic Engagement Days 

Targeted for high school youth, CE days are a two-day workshop on how the legislative policymaking process works. High school students travel to the UIC campus for sessions featuring videos, guest speakers, mock policymaking, debates, and group presentations.

Graduate student assistantships 

IPCE hires UIC graduate student research assistants to work in its office. Announcements regarding these positions will be made here as they become available.

 

Civic Engagement & Democracy Lecture Series

Arman

Peter Levine

2011 Featured Speaker


IPCE brings leading thinkers, scholars, and practitioners to UIC. The series fosters dialogue on important topics that further understanding about the role of the university in facilitating and promoting civic engagement and strengthening democracy.

Visit past lectures on our YouTube Page.