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 based on student civic engagement. Unique in its ability to provide students a place to grapple with difficult issues, IDEAL 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 Cherry Tree, applies this philosophy to its critical, thought provoking publications, podcasts, and live-interviews, in an effort to change the nature of the modern media. Cherry Tree is excited to bring a creative and innovative approach to journalism and news media.

IDEAL does not see a search for truth as an impediment to political success, but rather a mutually beneficial, communal excavation project. We are saddened by the modern political climate, but in our quest for the realization of a more just democracy, we are eager to help create a new IDEAL.



The Model




IDEAL is the parent company under which the two subsidiaries, CAMPUS (the high school and college chapters) and MEDIA (Cherry Tree) operate.




CHerry tree

IDEAL MEDIA, or Cherry Tree, is the newest development in IDEAL. This forthcoming media project seeks to bring the goals and foundational principles of IDEAL to journalism and podcasts.




High School and College Chapters

The high school and college chapters are the original foundation of IDEAL, and the core inspiration for the successive evolution of the organization. 






The People


Board of Directors


Liam Haviv

President and Founder


Hope Dancy



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


Lisa Brull


Nick Zito
Financial Officer


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


Ria Shah
Community Outreach Coordinator


Contact Us

National Office


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


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