Discover Leadership 2020

Your potential as a leader isn’t dependent on the positions you have, the skills you’ve developed, or the goals you’ve set: all that matters is who YOU are! As a participant in UChicago Lead’s “Discover Leadership” program, you will be introduced to a variety of perspectives and experiences of “leadership.” We’ll reflect together in small groups as you use everything you have learned from our sessions to craft your unique Leadership Story. Interview and discussion sessions will all be held virtually in the weeks leading up to Orientation. These virtual sessions will be hosted by UChicago Leads staff and current UChicago student leaders.

We are pleased to offer "Discover Leadership" as a part of the College's Discover UChicago program. As scheduling details are confirmed, you can find more information here. Spots are limited. Applicants for this year's cohort are now closed.

If you have questions, please email Casey Talbot at


Zoom links for cohort-specific events will be emailed to you. Zoom links for open events can be found linked below.

Week 1: September 8-13

Wednesday, September 9th

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. (CST): Introduction to the Cohort and the Discover Leadership Program

Thursday, September 10th

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (CST): Introduction to Leadership 

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (CST): Leadership in Action Partner Activity

Friday, September 11th

Time TBD (CST): Small Group Night/Peer Facilitator Leadership Stories

  • Your Peer Facilitator will poll your group to find the best time for this session.

Week 2: September 14-20

Monday, September 14th

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (CST): The Folded Map Project featuring artist Tonika Johnson

  • Tonika Johnson created the Folded Map Project to visually explore disparities among Chicago residents while bringing them together for a conversation. This project serves as an advocacy and policy-influencing tool that invites audiences to begin a dialogue and question how we are all socially impacted by racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. (CST): Folded Map Debrief

Friday, September 18th

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (CST): UChicago LEADS Current Student Panel

Week 3: September 21-23

Monday, September 21st

Time TBD (CST): Leadership Stories

  • Your Peer Facilitator will poll your group to find the best time for this session.

Tuesday, September 22nd

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (CST): Leadership Lessons and What’s Next

Wednesday, September 23rd

5:30 - 6:30p.m. (CST): David Axelrod Talk

  • Join David Axelrod and the Institute of Politics (IOP) for a download on everything you need to know about the 2020 elections. Axelrod will be joined by some surprise guests as they talk all things Biden, Trump, and key down ballot races to keep an eye on across the country—and you will have a chance to ask your questions directly! At the IOP, politics & public service gets us hyped and we want to share this passion with you. This program is a sample of the type of discussions you can participate in on-campus with us! Even though we are virtual for the time being, it doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected over Zoom, Instagram, Facebook, and anywhere that’s not IRL. This is also a great time to check if you are registered or to get registered ( (Links to an external site.)) for the November 3 election!

6:30 – 7:00 p.m. (CST): David Axelrod Small Group Debrief

Fall Quarter Sessions:

  • Chicago Cubs Management
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Center on Halsted
  • South Side Community Organizers

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