Bright Ideas

We come up with innovative policy ideas to confront the challenges of the 21st century

Global Scope

Our members tackle local, state, national, and international issues with fresh eyes

Extensive Community

Once a Roosevelter, always a Roosevelter. Our network of current members and alumni is always growing.

Successful History

Won ’12 CCNY Club of the Year, ’13 Roosevelt Best New Chapter, and ’14 Outstanding Achievement Award, ’14 CCNY Club of the Year, ’15 CCNY Club of the Year

We are Roosevelt @CCNY

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As the first and largest student-run policy organization in the country, the Roosevelt Institute boasts 120+ chapters in 38 states reaching 10,000 members.

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Since our chapter at CCNY was founded in 2011, 17 of our members’ policy solutions were selected and published in the Roosevelt 10 Ideas Journal.

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You do not need any policy knowledge to join the team. Our members’ educational backgrounds span across arts, education, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.

Policy words written.
Pizza pies consumed.
  • Fall 2015: A Semester in Review

    Fall 2015: A Semester in Review

    Roosevelt @CCNY had yet another successful semester for the fall of 2015 with many new faces and fresh ideas. We had 8 meetings, policy-writing workshops, and editing sessions; outside the classroom, we held our […]

  • Policy Inspiration-hear from Keanoo

    Policy Inspiration-hear from Keanoo

    Keanoo Hill is a current 4th year student of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, she moved to New York […]

  • Policy Inspiration-hear from Josh

    Policy Inspiration-hear from Josh

    Joshua Kemp is a Sophomore at the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY.  He is majoring in International Studies–concentrating in International Affairs–and minoring in French and Asian Studies.  Josh is a member of the International […]

Dean’s Testimonial


“The Colin Powell School’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute’s Campus network demonstrates the very best elements of our vision and mission, and I congratulate them on their success. We believe that students come to the Colin Powell School because they have specific, deeply held convictions about what a better world would look like. We’re dedicated to making sure that a Colin Powell School education helps students develop the knowledge and leadership skills to turn these convictions into demonstrable positive change. The consistently award winning performance of our Roosevelt Institute chapter is at the forefront of this activity—and students interested in making their mark in the world should think seriously about getting involved in this work.” – Vincent Boudreau, Dean of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

  • The Roosevelt Institute at CCNY offers wonderful opportunities for students to politically engage with their communities. The club is especially welcoming to students who don’t have prior activist experience or a deep sense of policy. But best of all, Roosevelt offers students a chance to work, grow, and succeed together. Indeed, it functions less like a club than a small family. They’re simply a great group of young leaders..

    Michael Busch

    Roosevelt Faculty Advisor & Colin Powell School Associate Director, Office of Student Success

  • I joined Roosevelt because I noticed that almost all the most active upperclassmen and student leaders on campus had one thing in common : they were proudly part of the Roosevelt Institute. My experience as  policy writer and a sector director for our chapter has made me a better writer, a more creative innovator, and a motivated leader. Roosevelt has inspired me to constantly look for solutions within my community using available resources and infrastructure. 

    Sharon Shaji

    Policy Director of Equal Justice, Roosevelt at CCNY

  • Roosevelt is a unique opportunity for students to get involved in policy work now! There are many groups that organize around elections and agendas—all important work. What makes Roosevelt transformative is its focus on smart ideas, smart governance and taking action today.

    Joelle Gamble

    National Director, Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network

  • Roosevelt at CCNY has figured out how to create, grow, and scale the best policy ideas to solve the most pressing issues we are faced with. As one of the Campus Network’s highest functioning chapters, CCNY is leading the way not only in developing tomorrow’s leaders but also in producing the next generation of policy doers.

    Kevin Stump

    A life long New Yorker and the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network Leadership Strategist

  • I didn’t know what policy was. I joined because I had an idea. Roosevelt cultivated my idea and believed in me. I came for the delicious food at meetings, and I ended up staying for the passionate zesty people who had innovative ideas for our community.

    Angela Choi

    Former President, Roosevelt at CCNY

  • Our Roosevelt chapter is truly a family.  It’s a family that supports you at 3am when you’re stuck on editing your policy proposal, and it’s a family that provides mentorship and leadership that you didn’t even realize you were looking for.  I’ve gone from knowing nothing about public policy, policy writing, or routes to effect change available to me as a student to being a published policy author excited to be working with a tight knit community of peers towards making a difference.  It was the best decision I made this year.

    Joshua Kemp

    Policy Director for Defense and Diplomacy, Roosevelt at CCNY