The Advocacy Corps

Formerly known as the Social Justice Advocacy Fellowship, the Advocacy Corps is a two-quarter long program that teaches undergraduates advocacy skills to better enable them to make positive social change in their communities. 

Students in the program will learn about the realities of making change in political systems through a proven curriculum and hands on experience with Chicago and Evanston based advocacy organizations focusing on an issue of their choosing. Students in the past have focused on issue areas like affordable housing policy, women's reproductive rights, education reform, healthcare policy, and mass incarceration. This year, students will also examine Northwestern’s rich history of student activism to better understand how this work has been done in our own campus community.

Below are reflections from a few of last year’s participants on what they learned from the program:

“Participating in the program helped me crystallize my passions and frustrations about the healthcare system into something productive. I built new relationships, gained fresh perspectives, and deepened my understanding of not only the issues, but more importantly the people that the issues impact.”

“I think before I felt more helpless and useless on certain issues. Because so many people are vocal about their political positions, it's easy to think that everyone is already active members in making change, but now I see that that is not the case, and that I have to be someone to mobilize change.”

The program will start Winter quarter and run through Spring quarter with twice a week meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays scheduled for 4 to 5:30 pm.

The interest form for the 2017 Cohort of the Advocacy Corps will open on Monday, October 30th and will close on November 22nd.

An info session will be held on Wednesday, November 15th at 5:00 pm in the Source in Norris.

Sign up Today!

If you have any questions, please email Matthew Fulle