CHICAGO – The University of Chicago Institute of Politics today announced the 14 Fellows selected for the Sargent Shriver Program for Leadership in Public Service, a new initiative for UChicago undergraduates to gain practical training in public service leadership.
The inaugural Shriver Fellows are Stephanie Greene of Chicago; Jane Huber of Bloomington, MN; Brittany Lee of Bloomfield Hills, MI; James McDonough of Fort Worth, TX; Mary Moon of Seoul; Gracelyn Newhouse of San Rafael, CA; Patricia Oigo-Nyaega of Westchester, OH; Ivan Parfenoff of Chicago; Riley Paul of New York; Madelaine Pisani of Gladwyne, PA; Tyler Ross of New York; Tze Ern Teo of Singapore; Peggy Xu of Johns Creek, GA; and Helen Ho of El Monte, CA. Read their bios here.
In the coming months the 14 Shriver Fellows will participate in weekly workshops at the IOP, led by Jamie Price, the executive director of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute, and Dillan Siegler, director of partnerships and engagement at the Institute of Politics. As part of the workshops, the Shriver Fellows will work together to address a complex urban challenge that they have been tasked with solving. During the summer, Shriver Fellows will be matched with public service mentors and will participate in 10-week paid internships where they will gain hands-on experience in problem solving and program-building across disciplines.
“The Fellows will be learning to employ Sargent Shriver’s approach to peace building and social change in an effort to solve deep-rooted problems of human dignity in Chicago,” Price said. “I’m excited to learn what they will discover and what they will do. For me it’s also wonderful for the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute to work with the Institute of Politics and the University of Chicago on a project that in my view is on the cutting edge of social change, values and practical methodology.”
The program, made possible by the generous support of the Sargent Shriver Peace Institute, launched last September, bringing to life the legacy and methods of Sargent Shriver, who under President John F. Kennedy led the creation of the Peace Corps and, at the request of President Lyndon B. Johnson, served as Director of the War on Poverty. During the Fall Quarter, the Shriver Program kicked off with four in-depth workshops focusing on the creation of the Peace Corps:
The Institute of Politics is a nonpartisan extracurricular program designed to ignite in University of Chicago students a passion for politics and public service. Three programs form the core of the initiative: a visiting fellows program where political officials, policymakers, journalists and others involved in politics and policy share their experiences with students and others over an academic quarter; an expanded set of policy and public interest internships and civic engagement projects; and a continuous series of public speakers discussing current events and political life.