Bridging the Divide

What divides us? What brings us together?


Now more than ever, communities across America are struggling to answer these simple questions.


Eureka College and The Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago partner on this program designed to bridge the gap between two unique communities. Over the course of 6 months, students explore how today’s most pressing political concerns impact residents in both urban and rural communities.


Each campus will select 10 students for this joint program. The program itself consists of three engagements where students will explore the communities surrounding each campus, collecting feedback from local residents, stakeholders, politicians and lawmakers. In spring, both campuses meet in Springfield, IL for a final presentation.


Through this program, students have the opportunity to visit the offices of industry experts, conduct focus groups, and participate in leadership exercises. The experience is designed to create a greater sense of understanding as well as develop concrete action plans.


Requirements and Eligibility

Interested students must meet the following requirements


  • Must be able to attend all three program dates.
  • All majors are encouraged to apply.
  • Interested in and willing to engage in dialogue with individuals from diverse political, racial, and economic backgrounds.


Questions? Contact Dr. David A. Eisenberg at