Our 2018 Summer Session will run from weekdays July 9th – July 27th from 10am to 4pm.

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

Summer 2018 theme: Design To Overcome

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: Design Consulting (DC)


During Weeks 2-3 of our summer program, each Scholar will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a Design Consulting Project, which will give Scholars valuable experience contributing to a real-world project. Curriculum for DC 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.

DC 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.

Week 3: Junior and Senior Immersion

During week 3 of the program Juniors will begin working on their year-long Community Innovation Projects and Seniors will begin the college application process.

2018 DC Partners:



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 college applications this fall.

Summer 2018 Program Team

Summer Director:



Eleni Maicher graduated from UMass-Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in French and Francophone Studies, and from UConn-Storrs with a Master of Arts in Educational Technology many, many years ago. She has been teaching since 2007, and is passionate about engaging students in the STEM fields. She currently teaches both mathematics and French to 9th, 10th, and 12th graders at Golder College Prep, and she is excited to be directing the Global Leaders Program this summer. It is inspiring to be able to work with students who are just as passionate about learning and being active global citizens as she is! Outside of teaching, Eleni coaches volleyball, runs a knitting and crocheting club, and loves to read and to take her dog to the beach.




Program Instructors:

Amy Argentar, 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!



Firdaus Boufath 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.


Stacy Lam was born and raised in Chicago and went to Von Steuben Metropolitan High School. She is an alumna of the Global Leaders Program and is a rising senior  at Trinity College and is majoring in Engineering with a concentration in Electrical. Stacy is so grateful to have the opportunity to come back to the Global Leaders Program because as a first generation student, she received immense support in the college process and would love to help out any way that she can! Here are some fun facts about her: She spent the last four months in Trinidad and Tobago as well as a week in Cuba, LOVES ice coffee, and enjoys hiking. Lastly, she is super excited to be with all of the scholars this summer!






Vincent Zarate is a rising third year student at Vassar College where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Film with a correlate (minor) in Religion. He is an alum of the program as well as a returning staff member, having worked as the College Access Intern for the 2017 Summer Session. 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. In his free time, Vincent enjoys discovering and listening to new music, skateboarding, and writing. He is very excited to work with all of the brilliant scholars, and is looking forward to a great summer with GLP!







Alouki Shah, 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 is a rising fourth 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 with a double minor in International Development and World Cinemas. This is his third year working as a program instructor at GLP. 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. This is his third year working as a program instructor at GLP. Aside from academics, Nathan’s hobbies include listening to and discovering new music, playing soccer, and making short films. He is very excited to meet and interact with the scholars this summer, and aims to be a positive role model for them.



Program Interns:

Lead Partnership Development Intern

Fiona Kalensky is excited to be working with the students and staff of the Global Leaders Program as an Americorps Summer VISTA. Fiona is currently pursuing Systems Engineering & Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2016, Fiona founded Therapalz, where she and a team of engineers designed and developed patent pending, therapeutic companion robots to engage Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients while alleviating the stress and costs associated with caregiving. Therapalz. Fiona is honored to be working with GLP this summer and hopes to provide assistance to students curious about entrepreneurship. Outside of GLP, Fiona can be found attending summer Millennium Park concerts, studying bio-mimicry, playing viola and writing poetry.

Communications Intern

Scarlett O’Hara is a rising second year Journalism student with the City Colleges of Chicago and GLP alum, as well as lifetime Chicago resident and 2017 graduate of Walter Payton College Prep. Serving the Global Leaders Program as a Communications Intern and Americorps Summer VISTA excites her, as she simply hopes to give back in whatever ways she can to a program that has given so much to her – from new perspectives, resources, to a lifetime network of incredible people. In her spare time, she likes to play softball, watch action movies, work at a dog groomer, and write for her neighborhood quarterly newspaper. She hopes to  continue her studies at a 4-year university in 2019 and potentially pursue a career in either broadcast or traditional print journalism. Scarlett looks forward to getting to know all of the scholars and documenting their experiences, so if a scholar sees Scarlett around this summer, they not be shy and say hi!