The Advocacy Corps

The Advocacy Corps Springfield trip

The Advocacy Corps Springfield trip

 “Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”  - Dolores Huerta

Are you ready to learn how to build power and work with others to change the world on issues you care about? Attend an Advocacy Corps info session!

Upcoming Sessions

  • Monday, Oct. 29 at 7:00 pm in the Rock Room of Norris
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:00 pm in the Rock Room of Norris

If you're ready to commit, sign up today!

What is Advocacy Corps?

Advocacy Corps is a two-quarter long experience to learn the basics of community and political organizing and advocacy. The skills you’ll learn in Advocacy Corps will enable you to work with others to make change on any justice issue you encounter over the course of your lifetime.

Through a combination of on-campus learning and direct experiences with organizing and advocacy non-profits across Chicagoland, you’ll learn how to work with others to build a winning campaign from the ground up. We’ll cover topics like identifying problems, solutions, and goals; targeting and power-mapping; developing strategies and tactics; effective communication; building a coalition; lobbying; working with the media; and much, much more.

What will I learn through Advocacy Corps?

You’ll work on projects in issues areas like affordable housing policy, women's reproductive rights, education reform, healthcare policy, and mass incarceration with Chicagoland organizations. We’ll learn from organizers and advocates who are on the ground, making change every single day. We’ll take excursions to Springfield for an Advocacy Day, and visit elected officials in their home offices. You won’t have to wait until the end of the year to feel ready to engage in advocacy – you’ll be doing it all year!

Here’s what students have said about 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 the very first day of Winter quarter and run through Spring quarter with weekly meetings on Mondays from 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Small groups will meet one additional time each week (times TBD by small groups.)

If you have any questions, please email Kelly Benkert.