Our 2017 Summer Session will run from weekdays June 26th – July 21st (excluding July 3rd and 4th), from 10am to 4:30pm.

Our overview calendar is available, as is our Frequently Asked Questions for Admitted Students document for more information.

Summer 2017 theme: Designing Our Future


What will Scholars do this summer?

Through a variety of exciting STEM projects and community engagement collaborations, Scholars will learn, serve, and lead together.

Week 1: Design Thinking & Team Building:

Scholars will participate in a design thinking workshop. This workshop will introduce students to the iterative design process, requiring them to define a problem, understand users, and collaborate to prototype and propose solutions. From developing their Innovation Projects to working on college applications, Scholars will regularly use this innovative framework throughout their two years in the program.

Scholars additionally will go on a field trip to Iron Oaks Learning Center to participate in their team-building course in order to build trust and support, encourage effective communication, and develop teamwork skills.

Week 2 & 3: Serving through STEM (StS) Projects

During Weeks 2-3 of our summer program, each Scholar will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Serving through STEM (StS) Project, which will give Scholars valuable experience contributing to a real-world project. Curriculum for StS Projects has been developed in collaboration with IIT’s Institute of Design, and culminates in a product pitch opportunity, where Scholars present potential solutions to issues posed by partner companies and organizations.

StS projects will take place during the regular program day (over six days), but each has its own unique schedule and field trips as well as a different assignment to complete for a real stakeholder. These projects are offered in partnership with faculty members, research centers, and organizations, with Program Staff serving as facilitators.

2017 StS Partners:

Week 4: Junior and Senior Immersion

During week 4 of the program Juniors will begin working on their year-long Community Innovation Projects and Seniors will begin the college application process.

Junior ScholarsCommunity Innovation Projects

Community Innovation Projects (CI Projects) are academic year projects during which Junior Scholars identify a problem in their community and work in teams to develop and implement a solution. During the summer, Juniors will do a deep delve into the Social Change Model of Leadership Development and reflect on social problems in Chicago that they are passionate about.

Senior ScholarsCollege Research & Applications

Senior Scholars will begin the college research and application process. Scholars will research a diverse range of college ‘fit factors’, begin drafting their personal statements, and create college lists. These workshops will prepare Scholars to complete and submit 5 college applications during our August Intensive Sessions.

Summer 2017 Program Team

Operations Assistant:

Hamze Leo Sukkar is a fourth year Computer Engineering and Engineering Management Double Major with a minor in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has an interest in today’s growth of technology in the fields of Robotics, Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things. At Illinois Tech, Leo has worked with several departments on campus and made multiple efforts to improve the university campus life and services. Over the years, he has served in the Student Government as a Senator, Vice President, and President. He has also been a Resident Advisor for three years and has led multiple orientations as a SOAR leader. Two years ago he joined the Leadership Academy at Illinois Tech and has grown a great interest for leadership development and youth empowerment. Outside of leadership on campus, Leo enjoys watching and playing soccer, travel, biking, and being surrounded by friends and new people alike. Leo is excited to join the Global Leaders Program this summer and help open up new gateways for scholars to set them up for the best future!

Program Instructors:

Alexis Jaya Hutchinson, a GLP alum and past Summer 2016 Leadership Development Intern, is a resident of Chicago, Illinois and current rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis. This summer, she will be serving as a Program Instructor– a position that excites her due to her hands-on approach and ability to interact more often with diverse and dynamic scholars. At her university, she majors in English Literature and minors in History and Sociology. She is a current member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Campus Ambassador for College Girls Brand, and Tech Lab Assistant at Cornerstone– a center for students with disabilities on her campus. She also acts as the 2017 Miss Black and Gold for the Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. She is also an alum of Lambda Sigma National Sophomore Service Honorary. Next semester, she will serve as an RA for first year students. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and reading. After graduating in May 2019, Alexis hopes to pursue a career in writing or academia. She looks forward to the great summer that is ahead with GLP!


JeNaye Beavers is a rising sophomore at Cornell University. This will be her second year as a Posse Scholar. She plans to major in Psychology with a Social/Personality concentration. She also intends on minoring in Arabic. At Cornell, JeNaye has been apart of both the chess and karate club while serving as a volunteer for numerous events. A former GLP scholar, JeNaye wants to use this opportunity working as a Program Instructor in order to give back to IIT Global Leaders program because of the endless support they provided for her during the 11th and 12th grade. She looks forward to mentoring new scholars and serving as role model throughout the summer. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, painting, listening to music, and spending quality time with her family/friends.


Christopher Hui is a rising junior at Illinois Institute of Technology pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While his parents hail from Hong Kong, Christopher was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and attended a small liberal arts high school. Here at Illinois Tech, he strives to combine his literary and analytical background with STEM topics and his passion for student leadership. On campus, Christopher is scholar in the M. A. and Lila Self Leadership Academy, a resident advisor in the dormitory halls, and has also been a student ambassador with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally, he is a member of Alternative Spring Break, IIT’s service organization which partners with Habitat for Humanity, building homes for underprivileged families. In his free time, Christopher enjoys drawing, reading, and building scale models, as well as spending time with friends and exploring the city. Christopher is very excited to join the Global Leaders team this summer and work with such bright and talented students!


Eder Aguilar, a rising second year at Oberlin College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Comparative American Studies. He is involved in various student organizations, such as being a new co-chair of La Alianza Latinx and being involved in other groups such as Obies for Undocumented Inclusion, Immigration Action Now!, and Latinx Heritage Series planning committee. Eder is also a part of Oberlin’s 10th Posse cohort. In his free time, Eder enjoys reading, listening to music, playing Xbox, and playing basketball. He is an alumnus of the Global Leaders Program and is excited to bring what he learned from GLP and at Oberlin to support Scholars this summer. He hopes to be a positive influence and be a person that Scholars feel that they can talk to, and relate to, not just this summer, but as they move forward with their high school and college careers.


Nathan Bahadursingh, a rising third year undergraduate at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is originally from Toronto, Ontario, but lived in Chicago for the majority of his life. Nathan is an Urban Systems major. He is very interested in studying the world’s varying urban environments and the urban processes that shape them. Nathan hopes to study and ultimately develop ways in which to create better, more sustainable urban infrastructures in areas that lack the needed economic and political resources. He participated in the IIT Boeing Scholars Program as a rising junior in high school where he and a group of other students developed a Leadership Grant Project, Use Leads To Abuse (U.L.T.A), which focused on informing youth about the risks of using drugs. Aside from academics, Nathan’s hobbies include listening to and discovering new music, playing soccer, and trying new cuisines from different cultures. He is very excited to meet and interact with the scholars this summer, and aims to be a positive role model for them.


Ibrahim Asgharali is a 3rd year mechanical engineering student at Illinois Institute of Technology. He plans on graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a minor in Business Administration. Ibrahim’s future goals are to pursue a masters degree in Business Administration and start his own engineering company. He likes to travel the world and has been to more than 10 countries. He has been working in S.T.E.M summer camps throughout his junior and senior high school years.





Program Interns:

Communications Intern

Hannah Chow is a rising sophomore undergraduate at Brown University who is tentatively pursuing a BS in Computer Science and a BA in either Linguistics or Literary Arts. She is a native Chicagoan and graduated from Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, as well as from the IIT Boeing Scholars Program, in 2016. At Brown, Hannah is a first-year peer counselor, a TEDxBrownU marketing designer, a graphic designer for the Middle Eastern Studies program, and an executive board member of Mixed-Asian/Pacific Islander Student Heritage Association (MASH). Outside of school and Providence, she enjoys performing piano, playing lacrosse, reading and watching scifi or superhero books and movies, and maintaining her bullet journal.

Leadership Development Intern

Eunice Yesenia Zepeda grew up in the Northwest side of Chicago. She was the first of her family to go off to college. This past May she graduated from Clark University in Worcester Massachusetts. Eunice studied Psychology with a minor in Education. While at Clark, she served as a Resident Advisor, as well as a relief counselor at a youth residential facility. She also interned at the Worcester Juvenile Research Center. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry, reading books, and mentoring young students. Eunice is passionate about empowering people of color and encouraging them to reach their highest potential. Later this year, Eunice will begin her next journey as a AmeriCorp member with City Year in San Jose, California.

College Access Intern

Vincent Zarate is a rising second year student at Vassar College. He is currently undeclared, but is looking to double major in Film and English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is interested in the intersection of science and the humanities and hopes to further explore this topic throughout the rest of his college experience. At Vassar, Vincent is involved in a plethora of activities including WVKR, the school’s radio station; VCTV, a club dedicated to creating original episodic shows; and Wordsmiths, the Vassar College Poetry Club. As the College Access Intern, he hopes to help eradicate any fear and stress about the application process, and break it down to make it as manageable and seamless as possible. In his free time, he likes to read, write, discover new music, and explore new places. He is very excited to meet and work with the scholars, and help them on their way to the next phases of their lives!