Inform. Discuss. Enlighten. Acknowledge. Learn.

The Mission


 Our mission is to change the way students think about politics and interact with each other.

IDEAL CAMPUS, the foundation of the organization, is a chapter-based model designed for student civic engagement. Unique in its ability to provide students a place to grapple with difficult issues, CAMPUS aims to establish the paradigm for a new generation of civic discourse and civic engagement, and we believe the answers lie in our incredible students.

IDEAL MEDIA, or CherryTree, applies our philosophy to critical, thought provoking publications and podcasts, hoping to play a role in rethinking modern media. CherryTree is excited to bring a creative and innovative approach to journalism and news media.

IDEAL COMMUNITY is the third pillar of our three-tiered model. A democracy dies without its citizens, and any conscious approach to rethinking our democracy is an approach dependent on the input from our communities. IDEAL is partnering with community leaders across the country in order to design and implement civic engagement after-school, in-school, and adult programming. In everything we do, our first step is to listen; our approach to working with communities to improve civic engagement is no different. 

The search for truth is a team effort—in our quest for the realization of a more just democracy, we are eager to help create a new IDEAL.


The Model




IDEAL’s goal it to change the way students think about politics and interact with each other. This work is aimed at a broader rethinking of our civic life in an effort to create a more just democracy. Our multifaceted approach includes (1) critical thinking in writing and media (2) high school and college chapters who hold on-campus civic-focused programming, among other things (3) community engagement programs. These activities are operated by three branches of the organization: CherryTree, CAMPUS, and COMMUNITY.






Civic discourse and informed discussion at the high school and college level is the foundation of IDEAL, Each chapter replicates the national model, giving our students a chance to write (Blossom), develop campus programming, and create community engagement projects.







The People


Board of Directors


Liam Haviv

President and Founder


Hope Dancy

Co-Chair, Acting Executive Director


David Hamburger



Board of Advisors


Hilary Bok
Professor of Bioethics and Moral & Political Theory at Johns Hopkins University

Christopher Celenza
 Dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University; Professor of History

David Dagan
PhD, Johns Hopkins University;

Steven David
Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University

Daniel Deudney
 Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University


Robert Freedman
Professor at Baltimore Hebrew University, Johns Hopkins University

Barbara Gray
Director of Educator Programs, Thomas R. Brown Foundation

Dean Moyar
Professor of Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University

Adam Sheingate
 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University


National Staff


Nick Zito
Financial Officer


Aleena Nasir
Chapter Liason;
Washington, D.C. Contact


Contact Us

National Office


P.O. Box 488o
Baltimore, MD 21211
United States of America


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