Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.
Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.
The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) was founded in 2005 by former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, J.D. The CCL promotes civic engagement and leadership among young people and the general public while emphasizing training for Benedictine students to help them become the next generation of leaders in public life. We offer a number of complimentary programs, including a speaker series featuring a variety of local, state and national leaders, panel discussions, and the annual Youth Government Day conference for area high school students and educators.
The CCL is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving discourse and the political culture in Illinois by encouraging civil, open dialogue across political boundaries – often exploring difficult social and economic issues and policies. At a time of deep polarization in the electorate and among our elected officials, the Center seeks to provide a professional, safe environment for addressing the challenging issues of our time. For more information, download our brochure.