About IOP

The Institute of Politics (IOP) is a leadership training seminar aimed at giving each fellow a complete education on politics. From grassroots campaigning, to what life is like after being elected, the IOP attempts to provide each fellow with the tools and knowledge necessary to understand the political process in New Orleans and the surrounding region.

Leadership Development

For forty years, the IOP has worked to educate individuals interested in politics and political leadership in our region. Today, more than ever, we need to call forth citizens whose vision includes a vibrant New Orleans, one in which our traditions meet with realities of life in post-Katrina south Louisiana.

Specifically, we are searching for people who have the talent and willingness to make a difference in the political process and take on the leadership roles which are so needed as we rebuild New Orleans.

Program Format

The program itself revolves around a series of lectures, discussions, and projects that traverse the spectrum of practical political interest. The IOP attracts guest lecturers of local and national prominence, whose fields of expertise include campaign strategy, organization, financing, polling, public relations, lobbying, community grass roots organizations, newspapers and the electronic media.

Thus, fellows are given the opportunity for extended dialogue with elected officials, political management consultants, media experts, social scientists, and other professionals whose work has given them invaluable insight into the political process. The seminars also provide thorough discussion and debate among the fellows on the political issues of the day.

All guest lectures are held on Tuesday evenings and most are held on Loyola University’s main campus in uptown New Orleans.

Financing the IOP

The funds to operate the IOP are obtained annually from two sources:

  1. contributions of past fellows and private citizens;
  2. tuition paid by the current class.