Announced in February, the yearlong program is designed to help the next generation of civic leaders build their knowledge and expertise through an immersive curriculum of academic and experiential learning. Through the program, twenty-five emerging leaders from around the globe will earn a Master of Arts in International Development and Policy at UChicago's Harris School of Public Policy while participating in a robust program of leadership development and civic engagement designed to help them acquire the real-world skills, networks, tools, and experiences they need to expand the impact of their work back home.
The scholars at UChicago join a previously announced group of twelve Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University. All thirty-seven scholars have gathered in Chicago for a week of Obama Foundation programming, including workshops and conversations focused on building community, storytelling, action planning, and communication; meetings with local community leaders focused on the history of civic work and community development in the city; and participation in a service project.
"We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars to our hometown, Chicago," said Bernadette Meehan, chief international officer at the Obama Foundation. "We hope that this year at the University of Chicago and Columbia University challenges them to develop greater leadership and community-building skills and that at the end of the year they will be better prepared to tackle challenges and create positive change. We are excited to start this year-long journey together and add this inspiring group of scholars to our growing global network of people doing extraordinary work in their communities."
For a complete list of 2018 Obama Foundation Scholars, see the University of Chicago website.