The Hawkeye Caucus student organization is a group of student leaders dedicated to the University of Iowa. We, as a student organization, advocate for the University of Iowa by speaking and writing to legislators and elected officials, planning outreach events, and providing leadership opportunities to students.

Please consider joining Hawkeye Caucus if you are looking to gain leadership experience and love the University of Iowa. We are the great way for you to give back to the University of Iowa!

We have regular meetings every month in the IMU and we would love to see you there! At our meetings, we complete projects, prepare for events, listen to guest speakers, or we have gone on exclusive tours of some of the departments and buildings at the UI to gain a greater understanding of the work the UI is doing on a daily basis. Our biggest event each year for students is Hawkeye Caucus Day. Each year in the spring over 100 UI students take a bus to Des Moines to speak with legislators. Hawkeye Caucus Day is a highlight for the entire University of Iowa community.

Avery Brennan
Avery Brennan
Public Relations Director
Grinnell, IA

I am a Junior studying Political Science on a Pre-Law track. I got involved with Hawkeye Caucus because I love the University of Iowa and want to see it continue to succeed. Hawkeye Caucus has given me the opportunity to meet with people real influence high up at the university and the state capitol. The University of Iowa is a special place and I want to be able to maintain that and even improve on it with the help of legislators. Outside of Hawkeye Caucus, I am a part of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, an employee for Orientation Services, University Student Advisory Committee, and Political Science Club. 

Ellie Paxson
Ellie Paxson
President
Des Moines, IA

I am a Senior studying Psychology and Human Relations. I became involved in Hawkeye Caucus because I believe it is a great opportunity to stay involved in politics and to show my Hawkeye Pride! I really enjoy creating connections with others who share my interest in advocating for the University and I am looking forward to another great year with Hawkeye Caucus. Outside of Hawkeye Caucus, I am involved in Dance Marathon, the On Iowa! Leadership Program, Students to Assist Recruitment (STAR), the University of Iowa Concert Band, and the Iowa Pep Band.

Emily Fenner
Emily Fenner
Director of Legislative Relations
Grinnell, IA

I am Junior majoring in Ethics and Public Policy, with GWSS and Social Justice minors. I have always had an interest in politics and I've enjoyed becoming even more politically involved through Hawkeye Caucus. I believe that students have the power to spark real political change, and I'm excited to continue our work and provide as many opportunities for involvement as possibleI hope to expand our political culture on campus so that every student feels their voice is heard and needs are fought for. Beyond Hawkeye Caucus, I hold a fellowship with the Public Policy Center. I look forward to starting my third year in HC alongside a phenomenal team!

Isabella Dietrich
Isabella Dietrich
Director of Membership and Internal Affairs
Dike, IA

I am a second-year student studying Political Science along with Ethics and Public Policy. I joined Hawkeye Caucus because it is a great way to meet new people, be involved on campus, and gave me the opportunity to become an advocate on campus issues. I believe that democracy is stronger when we are all involved and make our voices heard. I am excited to grow this program and help more Hawkeyes advocate for their passions. I am also involved in Hawkeye Service Teams, the University of Iowa Clothing Closet, and work at the University of Iowa Law Library.