Leadership Book Club

Join the SLCE Book Club and attend monthly virtual Book Club meetings to discuss the book of choice for the semester, focused on leadership, service, and/or civic engagement.

To request to join the Fall 2021 Book Club, click here. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, September 12, 2021. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Fall 2021 Book Club Details

We Have Always Been Here book cover, with text of title and author name set against a pink colorful patterned background

The Fall 2021 Book Club book is We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib. 


Register by Sept 12 at go.uic.edu/bookclubsignup.

  • Receiving Your Book

    Books will be ordered for all confirmed participants, and details on how to receive the book will be shared via email.

  • Book Club Meetings

    Fall Book Club Meetings are as follows:

    • Tues, Sept 28 at 8:00pm – Welcome meeting (no readings required at this meeting)
    • Tues, Oct 19 at 8:00pm – Read Chapters 1-4 (pages 1-84)
    • Tues, Nov 16 at 8:00pm – Read Chapters 5-9 (pages 85-162)
    • Tues, Nov 30 at 8:00pm – Read Chapters 10-12 (pages 163-217)

    Links to the virtual meetings will be shared with participants via email.

Learn about the Leadership Book Club:

Who is the Leadership Book Club for?

The Leadership Book Club is for any student at UIC, looking for a minimal time-consuming commitment with SLCE. Students who register for the Book Club will be able to pick up a copy of their book for the semester, and then will join virtual meetings once a month to discuss the book based on preset a reading schedule.

What’s the time commitment for the program?

The Leadership Book Club is a semester-long commitment, but meetings are only held once a month for an hour each. All meetings will be virtual, so students who commute should be able to participate without having to stay on campus beyond their class schedule.

How is the Leadership Book Club different than other leadership programs?

The Book Club is a new program, as of Spring 2020, that provides students with the opportunity to engage with leadership concepts through the writings of a diverse set of voices and to do so in a virtual setting. Other leadership programs that require a semester-long commitment also typically require on-campus attendance, so this is a great opportunity for students looking to engage without too much disruption to their schedule.

How will my time be spent during the Book Club?

Students will expect to participate in virtual discussions during the meetings each month, based on having completed that month’s reading requirements. Reading occurs on the students’ own time, and discussions will be facilitated by a SLCE staff member or Peer Leader.


Upon completion of the program, students will feel better connected with the UIC community, gain a working knowledge of leadership terminology, and have a better sense of how others view leadership skills and values.

More information regarding the Fall 2021 Leadership Book Club book, registration, and schedule to be shared at a later date. Deadline to sign up will be Sunday, September 12. 

Participants are asked to attend at minimum 2 out of the 4 meetings in order to receive their free copy of the book.

Spring 2021 Book Club Details

How to be an Antiracist book cover

The Spring 2021 Book Club book was How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Fall 2020 Book Club Details

Lead from the Outside book cover, showing Stacey Abrams photo in black and white

The Fall 2020 Book Club book was Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams.