(Ugo is pictured in the middle, with his mother on his left and father on his right)
Ugo Okere is a Budlong Woods resident, the chairman of Fuerza del Sol, a Chicago Public Schools graduate, and a community organizer on Chicago’s north side.
Ugo is currently the chair of youth community organization Fuerza del Sol, an organization of young leaders that fights for justice in areas of violence prevention, gentrification, immigration, and racial justice. Through Fuerza del Sol and in partnership with the Justice Republic Coalition, Ugo has worked towards the development of a 15-Point Violence Prevention plan for the City of Chicago. The plan has received endorsements from members of Congress and members of the Illinois State Legislature. The development of the Violence Prevention Plan alongside directly impacted community members reflects Ugo’s commitment to co-governance - that regular people have the power to shape the policies that affect their neighborhoods.
A passionate believer that the struggles of all people are interconnected, Ugo aided in organizing the largest demonstration in Loyola University Chicago’s history, where upwards of 500 students, faculty and staff stood in solidarity with students of color who were facing racial death threats at the University of Missouri. Ugo spearheaded a university wide campaign to diversify Loyola’s historical core curriculum to include the histories of students of color. Ugo now sits as a Senator on Loyola’s governing body, the University Senate where he advocates for progressive causes including the right for graduate student unions to be recognized.
Ugo is also a frequent voice and community leader in the 40th Ward. He has facilitated Know Your Rights workshops for students at Mather High School, and organized with the founders of Hate Has No Home Here to bring community members together. He was also speaker at Indivisible Lincoln Square's Unity Rally.
Born in Nigeria, Ugo moved to Chicago with his family at 3 months old. At age 9, he and his family moved to Budlong Woods, where they have lived for the past 12 years. A graduate of Budlong Elementary and Lane Tech High School, Ugo studies at Loyola University, majoring in political science and social work.