• Ivy council 

  • Our vision

    The Ivy Council serves as a platform for student leaders to represent students voices within the Ivy League and create positive change.

    Who are we?

    The Ivy Council is a 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt organization of student government leaders, student organization leaders, and students at large from the colleges and universities of the Ivy League. The Ivy Council was established in 1993 by members of the Ivy League student governments in order to facilitate effective communication between the student governments of their respective institutions and to provide a unified voice for the Ivy League student governments.

    today

    Since its inaugural year, the Ivy Council has expanded the scope of its activity both nationally and internationally with programs such as the Ivy Leadership Summit and student-exchange opportunities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

  • ivy council PROGRAMS

    From the annual Ivy Leadership Summit to the Ivy publication, Ivy Inspire.

    National Student Leadership

    The Ivy Leadership Summit (ILS) is an annual two-day conference hosted by the Ivy Council to bring together students from the eight Ivy League universities along with leaders from the business, government, academics, and non-profit sectors of society. The conference is usually held in the fall and its location is rotated each year through the campuses of the schools in the Ivy League.

     

    Click here to see photos from the 2017 Ivy Leadership Summit, hosted at Princeton University!

    Collegiate Policy Change

    The Ivy Policy Conference (IPC) is an annual conference hosted every spring by the Ivy Council. IPC emphasizes in-depth, candid conversation on public policy solutions to the social, intellectual, political, and cultural issues facing today’s college students. Ivy League schools take turns hosting IPC on their respective campuses.

     

    Click below to read the policy reports from the past 4 conferences!

    Global Partnerships

    Ivy-China, Ivy-Russia, Ivy-Middle East, Nobel Peace Laureates World Summit, United Nations Youth Assembly

    In May-June 2008, then-President Bing Chen (Penn '09) and then-VP External Affairs Sue Yang (Columbia '10) facilitated two dozen student government Presidents and student journalists to travel to Beijing, Wuhan, and Shanghai for the first Ivy League student delegation through mainland China.[3] The American students held a dialogue with their Chinese peers on international student relations at Peking University, and met with Chinese leaders.[4] The American students held a dialogue with their Chinese peers on international student relations at Peking University, and met with Chinese leaders.[4] Currently, the Ivy-China program is in its seventh year, and has brought a delegation of 8 Chinese students from the top universities in China, who visited the Ivy League Universities and continued with the goal of international cultural exchange. The program has also seen expansions to Europe and the Middle East.

     

    Ivy Russia Exchange

    Ivy Council has had several partnerships with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Moreover, beginning 2018, under then-President Elizabeth Ulanova (Columbia '19) and President Emeritus Daniel Wilson (Princeton '18), Ivy Council sent its first ever IVC delegation to attend the presitigous Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok with heads of state from around the world.

    Inter-Ivy Council Retreats

    School to School Exchange

    Beginning 2018, under then-President Elizabeth Ulanova (Columbia '19), the first annual Ivy Council Executive Board Retreat was established as a weekend retreat in New York City for the incoming national board to congregate in-person at the beginning of each new school year. This retreat consists of the traditional "lock-in" meeting as well as the location of the annual stole ceremony - where new IVC e-board inductees are formally welcomed with a Ivy Council graduation stole to wear at their future college graduation.

    IvyInspire

    Ivy Inspire, Ivy Council National Newsletters, Ivy Council Local Newsletters

    From the first inter-ivy online magazine to weekly local newsletters from each IVC school.

     

    Click here to access Ivy Inspire!

    IvyCORPS

    International Philanthropy

    The IvyCORPS (Ivy Community Outreach and Public Service) is the philanthropy arm of the Ivy Council--a student union group of the Ivy League.

     

    Click here to access Ivy Corps!

  • IVY COUNCIL NEWS

    Recent updates from the Ivy Council's own publication, the Ivy Inspire.

    Southern Souls in Ivy Towers

    "When considering the geographic origins of Ivy League students, many think Greenwich, Andover, or New York City. When I tell people that I’m from Alabama...

    Bringing Dark Matter Into the Light

    “There is a finite limit to how far we can look into the past. The universe is expanding faster and faster the farther you look back in time; most of the light...

  • Meet THE Ivy council EXECUTIVE BOARD

    The IVC Executive Board runs the day-to-day national operations of Ivy Council and are elected by members from all 8 Ivy League schools.

    Elizabeth Ulanova

    President Emeritus

    Columbia University

    IVC Executive Board

    Edward Mowinckel

    Vice President of Internal Affairs

    Princeton University

    IVC Executive Board

    Shayan Rauf

    Vice President of External Affairs

    Columbia University

    IVC Executive Board

    Jennifer Hu

    Vice President of Technology/Marketing

    University of Pennsylvania

    IVC Executive Board

    Sebastian Contreras

    Vice President of Finance

    University of Pennsylvania

    IVC Executive Board

    Lenore Schiller

    Vice President of Policy

    Cornell University

    IVC Executive Board

    Jaiden Fallo

    Vice President of Philanthropy

    University of Pennsylvania

    IVC Executive Board

    Evan Batov

    Editor in Chief - Ivy Inspire

    University of Pennsylvania

    IVC Executive Board

  • Meet THE ivy council board of governors and trustees

    In addition to the Executive Board for day-to-day operations, an appointed Board of Governors and Trustees are also present for fiscal management and long-term sustenance of the organization. This was re-instated and formed in 2018.

  • Meet THE ivy conference executive directors

    The executive directors oversee their respective IVC conferences throughout the academic year.

    Sarah

    Chong

    Executive Director

    Dartmouth College

    ILS Fall 2018

    Executive Director

    Princeton University

    IEC Fall 2018

    Executive Director

    Princeton University

    IEC Fall 2018

    Executive Director

    Princeton University

    ILS Fall 2017

  • Meet THE ivy council STEERING BOARD

    The Steering Board are composed of head delegates that are elected by their local IVC chapter to represent their respective schools. Due to impending head delegate elections, more would be added in the weeks to come!

    Michael Lee

    Head Delegate

    Yale University

    IVC Steering Board

    Luis Bravo

    Head Delegate

    University of Pennsylvania

    IVC Steering Board

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  • Timeline of ivy council

    Check us out through the years - more to be coming soon!

    1

    Creation of Ivy Council

    1993

     

    Founded in 1993 as a way to collaborate and exchange ideas on common student life issues at their respective school, student government leaders set the stage for the Ivy Council that exists today. In 1997, in response to the complexities of running a loose federation of organizations over seven states, a defining structure was created.

     

    The Ivy Council draws its membership from the Brown University Undergraduate Council of Students, Columbia University (the Columbia College Student Council, the Columbia Engineering Student Council, and the Columbia General Studies Student Council), the Cornell University Student Assembly, the Dartmouth College Student Assembly, the Harvard University Undergraduate Council, the University of Pennsylvania Undergraduate Assembly, the Princeton University Undergraduate Student Government, and the Yale College Council.

    2

    Creation of the first ever ILS

    2000

     

    ILS was originally created to promote the exchange of ideas between students of the Ivy League and today’s leaders on subjects of public policy such as affirmative action and ethics in science and technology. The first ILS was held at Yale University in 2000 and had the topic of “Integrity and Ethics.” Eighty participants were selected from a pool of applicants throughout the Ivy League.

     

    The main activities of the conference were keynote speakers, panels, and roundtable discussions. Since then, Ivy Council has held six conferences each with their own topics of discussion. Past speakers have included Steve Forbes, Chairman and CEO of Forbes magazine; Nasreen Berwari, Iraqi Minister of Municipalities and General Works; Jeffrey Sachs, special adviser to the UN’s Millennium Development; Theodore Roosevelt IV, Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and prominent environmentalist; and Dov Zakheim, US Undersecretary of Defense.

    3

    Creation of the first ever IPC

    2008

     

    Ivy Policy Conference (IPC) is an annual conference hosted every spring by the Ivy Council. IPC emphasizes in-depth, candid conversation on public policy solutions to the social, intellectual, political, and cultural issues facing today’s college students. Ivy League schools take turns hosting IPC on their respective campuses.

    4

    Creation of the first international partnership of Ivy Council with China

    2008

     

    In May-June 2008, then-President Bing Chen (Penn '09) and then-VP External Affairs Sue Yang (Columbia '10) facilitated two dozen student government Presidents and student journalists to travel to Beijing, Wuhan, and Shanghai for the first Ivy League student delegation through mainland China.[3]

     

    The American students held a dialogue with their Chinese peers on international student relations at Peking University, and met with Chinese leaders.[4] Currently, the Ivy-China program is in its seventh year, and has brought a delegation of 8 Chinese students from the top universities in China, who visited the Ivy League Universities and continued with the goal of international cultural exchange. The program has also seen expansions to Europe and the Middle East.

    5

    Expansion of Ivy Council events in other countries

    2008

     

    In the 7th year of Ivy Council with China, Ivy Council brought a delegation of 8 Chinese students from the top universities in China, who visited the Ivy League universities and continued with the goal of international exchange. As a result, the program has seen expansions to Europe and the Middle East.

    6

    Expansion of IvyCORPS

    2018

    The IvyCORPS (Ivy Community Outreach and Public Service) is the philanthropy arm of the Ivy Council - a student union group of the Ivy League. This year, the Cornell Ivy Council chapter is launching a series of community service events through the summer of 2018 in Manhattan, New York.

  • Timeline of Presidents

    Check us out through the years - more to be coming soon!

    1

    95-96

    President

    1995-1996

     

    Travis Seegmiller (Yale University)

     

     

    2

    96-97

    President

    1996-1997

     

    Meredith Epstein

    (Dartmouth College)

     

     

    3

    97-98

    President

    1997-1998

     

    Brian Gaither

    (Cornell University)

     

     

    4

    98-99

    President

    1998-1999

     

    Scott Jacobs

    (Dartmouth College)

     

     

    5

    00-01

    President

    2000-2001

     

    Matthew Ebbel

    (Harvard University)

     

     

    6

    01-02 President

    2001-2002

     

    Michael Brown (Cornell University)

     

     

    7

    03-04 President

    2003-2004

     

    Alex Cosmas (Columbia University)

     

     

    8

    04-05 President

    2004-2005

     

    Jenn Choi

     

     

    9

    05-06 President

    2005-2006

     

    Michelle Fernandes (Cornell University)

     

     

    10

    06-07 President

    2006-2007

     

    Jennifer Mickel (Princeton University)

     

     

    11

    07-08 President

    2007-2008

     

    Sunshine Yin (Princeton University)

     

     

    12

    08-09 President

    2008-2009

     

    Bing Chen (University of Pennsylvania)

     

    13

    10-11 President

    2010-2011

     

    Harris Li (Brown University)

     

    14

    11-12 President

    2011-2012

     

    Kathy Bui (Brown University)

     

     

    15

    12-13 President

    2012-2013

     

    Nicholas Judson (Dartmouth College)

    16

    13-14 President

    2013-2014

     

    Arvin Ahmadi (Columbia University)

     

     

    17

    14-15 President

    2014-2015

     

    Jessica Barragan

    (Cornell University)

     

     

    18

    15-16 President

    2015-2016

     

    Paarth Sarth (Princeton University)

    19

    16-17 President

    2016-2017

     

    Hugo Yen (Harvard University)

    Hugo was then followed by

    Lelina Chang (Yale University)

     

    20

    17-18 Co-Presidents

    2017-2018

     

    Danny Wilson (Princeton University) & Tayyaba Arshad (Cornell University)

     

     

    21

    18-19 President

    2018-2019

     

    Elizabeth Ulanova (Columbia University)

     

    President & President Emeritus

     

     

  • Ivy COuncil conferences

    The Ivy Council hosts semi-annual conferences where student leaders gather to research and seek solutions to issues of the day at their schools, across the Ivy League, or to student populations as a whole. Recent issue topics have included affirmative action in admissions, post-season football, the drug-free provisions in higher education legislation, climate neutrality and fuel emissions. Ivy Council Conferences are important learning experiences for everyone who attends. Each gets to enjoy the vastly different physical environments of the host schools, while taking from the depth of expertise that is shared among participants.

     

    Delegates and observers arrive at the Conference site on Friday night. A grand gathering takes place at the opening. The weekend that follows provides more formalized events that encourage the sharing of ideas, while providing social events to help build lasting relationships. On Saturday, the attendees get down to business, spending many hours in discussion sections. Topics are determined in advance by the Steering Committee; past topics have covered a wide range of issues facing higher education, including academic affairs, alcohol use and abuse and socially aware university investment and divestment. Each school comes prepared with researched information about how each issue is addressed on its campus. All benefit from hearing other perspectives and new ideas; solutions are developed as a result. Session minutes are combined with that background information and a conference booklet is created and distributed to each delegation. This provides each student government with a tool for further addressing the issues discussed. Moreover, Conference materials are posted online in the Student Government Forum and Policy Database to encourage further discussion and archived information sharing. Such documents are accessible to all Ivy League students, not just Ivy student government leaders and members.

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