Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Ignite: A Program for Exploring Leaders

Ignite Banner

Ignite supports students new to UIC as they begin to navigate and explore the concepts of leadership and self-reflection. By examining themselves in the role of a leader, participants recognize 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.


Applications are closed, but keep an eye out for the Fall 2024 Cohort Application!




Meet our Spring 2024 Cohort! Heading link

members of the 2024 cohort

Congratulations to our Ignite Spring 2024 cohort for completing our leadership development program!

Over the course of six weeks, participants spent time cultivating an involvement plan uniquely tailored to their identified goals, identities, values, Strengths, and leadership styles. In our last session, Each of our participants presented incredibly thorough and innovative involvement plans and next steps for their leadership goals both on- and off-campus. Beyond leadership development, Ignite exposes students new to UIC to its available resources, provides networking oppo rtunities, and builds opportunities for growth as a future peer mentor for Ignite! If you are interested in joining, be sure to apply next semester for the Ignite: Leadership Development Program!

***Available for 1st year and transfer students


Learn about the Ignite Experience:

Who is Ignite for?

Ignite is for First-Year and Transfer students who are just beginning their leadership development journey. If you are new to UIC and looking for ways to grow as 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. Meaning, students who participate in Ignite will be given the room to explore themselves independently, while gaining the foundational skills needed to lead and 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.

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

The Spring Semester run of the Ignite: A Program for Exploring Leaders will begin the week of February 9, 2024  and run weekly for 6 weeks until the week of March 15, 2024.

Looking to Participate? APPLY HERE –

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11:59pm.