Brian Geiger has been described as a determined, generous, motivated and civically engaged student. He is known in the UIC CHANCE office as the “World’s Greatest Student.” The second child born to a mother of three, he was raised in Dolton, Illinois. Prior to his arrival on the UIC campus, he attended Thornridge High School and the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). As a transfer student from UIS, he stepped onto campus and found his way to the UIC Honors College. A very determined scholar who has a double major in Political Science and Criminology, Law and Justice, he notes that he finds his UIC experience both challenging and rewarding. He believes that finding faculty and staff mentors from various departments and supportive resources on campus like The CHANCE Program and TRIO has played a huge part in his success at UIC.
Through the years Mr. Geiger has received numerous awards that include: The Chancellor’s Student Services Award, The Wiley Resource Center Youth and Law Community Award, The UIC CHANCE Student of the Month Award, The UIC Honors College Council Award; The Jefferson Award – National Award of Public Service, UIC Dean’s List since 2014 and the Cook County Sheriff’s Medal of Honor. As a student and public servant he is very enthusiastic about his commitment to our nation and he always finds time to help others.
Mr. Geiger spends time outside the classroom working on housing issues and anti-violence initiatives within the community. He is currently a Public Policy Fellow and Legal Assistant for the Executive Director of the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. He is also Co-Coordinator for the Transform Neighborhoods Project. This project was listed in the Chicago Tribune as one of the 12 new ways to heal a city and consist of people who are at least 18 years old living in an Innovation House. The Transform Neighborhoods project is modeled as a modern day Jane Addams Hull House. Along with his many civic engagement activities he served as a member of the Justice Advisory Council with the Community Anti-Violence Restoration Endeavor (CARE) collaborative. The council addresses the needs of youth in the south suburbs. He takes pride in his community work and envisions how this work will help him become a better lawyer.
Within the UIC setting Mr. Geiger is an active member of the Political Science Student Union, Amnesty International and a former Undergraduate Student Government, Associate Senator. He is currently studying for the LSAT exam, and he plans to attend Law School with his sights on becoming a Civil Rights Attorney.