The University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG) at the Harris School of Public Policy announced its 2024 class of Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) fellows today.

Olive-Harvey College Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives Aziza Darwish is one of the 30 fellows who make up the academy’s 10th cohort. Aziza will join government and nonprofit leaders from across Cook County who are committed to implementing meaningful change in Chicagloand. The goal of the CLA is to promote collaboration and innovative thinking between leaders at major institutions in the city.

Aziza and the other fellows will participate in a sixth month program that teaches leadership skills that will directly benefit their work. She will also attend classes and discussions with University of Chicago faculty, Chicago leaders, and CLA alumni. Through her participation with the program, Aziza will also attend a week-long practicum in Paris and work on a project that creates opportunities for reform in Chicago.

Aziza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Xavier University and a Master of Education from National Louis University. In 2021, Aziza was chosen to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program. These appointments, along with her commitment to City Colleges and Olive-Harvey prove Aziza is committed to implementing positive change for diverse groups of Chicagoans.