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On February 3, 2020, the City of Chicago released an open call for applications to fill vacancies in several community advisory councils including:
  • The Equity Advisory Council
  • The LGBTQ+ Advisory Council
  • The Women's Advisory Council
  • The Veteran's Advisory Council
  • The New American's Advisory Council
The purpose of the advisory councils is to support the Mayor’s Office in engaging target populations and advising policy solutions to meet the needs of its community. Members of advisory councils will evaluate current municipal policies and programs, connect with residents and subject matter experts to assess structural improvements, act as a sounding board to consider new initiatives, and attend community events and meetings as a representative of the advisory council.

All advisory council members must live in the City of Chicago throughout the term and agree to undergo a background check. Applications will be evaluated based on (1) connection to targeted populations, both personal and professional; (2) evidence of engagement in local community, civic leadership, or volunteerism; (3) a personal commitment to equity and inclusion; and, (4) a demonstrated ability to engage the broader community of local networks, community members, and stakeholders.

If selected, each advisory council member serves up to a three-year term and attends, at minimum, meetings each quarter. Applications will be accepted up until February 22, 2020. Feel free to contact communityengagement@cityofchicago.org with any questions.

Please complete this application form with the best of your ability.  Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. Thank you for your interest in serving on a Chicago advisory council.  

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* 1. First Name:

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* 2. Middle Name:

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* 3. Last Name:

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* 4. Preferred Name:

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* 5. Street Address:

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* 6. City:

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* 7. State:

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* 8. Zip Code:

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* 9. Ward (find your ward here):

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* 10. Email Address:

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* 11. Primary Phone:

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* 12. Alternate Phone:

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* 13. Current/Most Recent Employer:

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* 14. Job Title:

Demographics:
It is the policy of the City of Chicago to promote equal opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military status, military discharge status, mental or physical handicap, and order of protection. Answering the questions below is voluntary. Responses to any of the demographic questions below will be kept confidential.

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* 15. Gender:

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* 16. Race/Ethnicity:

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* 17. Sexual Orientation:

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* 18. Date of Birth:

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* 19. Have you ever served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces (includes activation from the Reserves or National Guard)?

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* 20. Do you now serve, or have you ever served on a City of Chicago board, council, or commission?

Interests & Experiences:

Applicants will be considered for one of of the advisory councils listed below. While the scope of each advisory council is subject to change, the mission statements below indicate the intended purpose for each group.
  • The mission of the Equity Advisory Council is to provide advice and support to the Mayor’s Office on strategies, policies and practices that advance equity and racial justice for the City of Chicago.
  • The mission of the LGBTQ+ Advisory Council is to promote equity and justice for members for the LGBT community, and to advance the status of LGBTQ+ people in Chicago through policies, legislation, and programs.
  • The mission of the Women's Advisory Council is to promote gender equity and justice and to advance the status of female-identified people throughout Chicago through policies, legislation, and programs.
  • The mission of the Veteran's Advisory Council is to serve as a liaison between City government and the veterans’ community to promote cooperation and enhance services to address issues of discrimination in housing, employment, public accommodation, and credit facing Chicago’s veterans.
  • The mission of the New American's Advisory Council is to promote immigrant and refugee safety, economic development, and cultural integration by advising the city on matters related to city initiatives, policies, ordinances, and regulations that will improve the quality of life for immigrants in Chicago.

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* 21. Please indicate the Chicago Advisory Board for which you are seeking appointment (select one):

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* 22. Briefly explain why you would like to be a member of this advisory council, including any lived experiences or history with this council’s target population (5 sentences max).

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* 23. Please share one idea you have for how this advisory council could help impact the city of Chicago.

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* 24. Tell us a bit about your background and qualifications – what are the applicable skills and experience you would bring to this council? (Employment, education, publications, related experiences).

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* 25. Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Tell us about your unique perspective, special skills (languages, etc.), or anything else we should know about you.

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* 26. This committee will meet regularly in and around Chicago’s City Hall.  Please list any accommodations you may need to participate in these meetings.        

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* 27. Please attach a resume / submit a resume to this application.  This should include information about past and present positions you have held, dates of service for each, and a description of responsibilities.

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* 28. Use the space below to provide additional comments or questions.

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* 29. Once you complete the form, check the box below to acknowledge that you understand:

1. Any false or incomplete information may be grounds for not appointing you to a volunteer position or ending your assignment after beginning volunteering.

2. There will be no compensation for this role.

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