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Welcome from Our Director

Hello from the Civic Leaders Center—Indiana University’s residential community for freshmen students located in Briscoe Residence Center. Civic Leaders welcomed its first class of 66 students in the fall of 2013, and I’d personally like to invite you to apply to be a part of our community as we grow in the years to come. Watch a preview video of our Civic Leaders Center when it first opened.

Professor Paul Helmke photoIU is a great place to go to school. I should know—it seems like just yesterday that I was standing in your shoes, preparing to head to Bloomington. As an undergraduate at IU, I studied political science and was president of the student government.

Those educational and leadership experiences served me well at Yale Law School and then later as the three-term mayor of Fort Wayne (Indiana’s second largest city) and as the president of two national organizations, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, D.C.

I’ve always been passionate about public service, and I’m excited to be back at IU, helping students like you develop the skills the world needs from your generation of civic leaders.

Consider launching your career as a Hoosier with the Civic Leaders. We accept applications each year beginning in January and have scholarships available just for Civic Leaders. Look for us when you complete your housing application through Residential Programs and Services. And if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch.


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Paul Helmke
Professor of Practice and Director, Civic Leaders Living-Learning Center
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Indiana University