An Exploring Leaders Program

Ignite supports UIC students as they begin to navigate and explore the concepts of leadership and self-reflection. By examining themselves in the role of a leader, participants distinguish key identities, values, and issues that matter to them. Throughout the program, students discover the variety of involvement opportunities that exist on- and off-campus and gain the skills needed to pursue positive change.

Learn about the Ignite Experience:

Who is Ignite for?

Ignite is for students who have yet to begin their leadership journey. If you are new to UIC and/or looking for ways to grow a leader on-campus and in the community, then this is for you!

What’s the time commitment for the program?

Ignite meets once a week, for 6 weeks during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Please be aware that all weekly sessions last for 2 hours and require your attendance.

How is Ignite different than other leadership programs?

Ignite is framed through the individual lens of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. Meaning, students who participate in Ignite will be given the foundational skill sets needed to lead or deliver positive change at UIC or the greater community. Ignite exposes participants to the various resources, student organizations, and outside groups in which can further their involvement – charging them to discover their roles within these respective groups.

How will my time be spent during Ignite?

Ignite, utilizing the entirety of the two-hour sessions, is comprised of engaging activities and reflective conversations. From creative exercises to individualized brainstorming, Ignite serves to cater all exploring leaders. But, that’s all for now… we don’t want to give away too much!

Upon completion of the program, students will feel better connected with the UIC community, feel more in touch with their personal goals, and become a change agent for the future.

The Ignite: Exploring Leaders Program is no longer accepting applications at this time.

Want to be apart of our Fall 2019 Cohort? Check back soon for more information!

Meet Our Peer Mentors

Ashley's Headshot

“Ignite solidified that leadership qualities can be evoked from almost anyone when given the confidence and appropriate opportunities to do so. Mentoring through Ignite gave me a sense of purpose on campus, ended my hiatus from leadership, and connected me with inspiring individuals.”

Ashley O'Brien  |  Ignite Mentor: Fall 2018
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“Because I was an immigrant and struggled through college, I chose to help students in similar situations so they could have a better experience than I had.”

Kozet Marben  |  Ignite Mentor: Fall 2018
Michelle's Headshot

“While my passion lies in the fields of medicine and mathematics, I give back through this Ignite leadership role by sharing what I’ve learned about building leadership skills, time management, project development, and other transferable skills.”

Michelle Ibukun Akinwale  |  Ignite Mentor: Fall 2018
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“I want to give back to students because I never had guidance when I began college. I believe my leadership role can be effective because I am helping the students I work with discover their own passions, goals and values.”

Marissa Scavelli  |  Ignite Mentor: Fall 2018