UCSC engages students with communities and partners to build a more just Chicago.
Founded in 1996 by former First Lady Michelle Obama and part of the Office of Civic Engagement, UCSC prepares students to become productive, thoughtful citizens and effective, inspiring leaders in their communities and professions by providing them with service and social change opportunities that complement UChicago's rigorous academic experience. UCSC encourages students to explore Chicago, to make meaningful connections with diverse communities throughout the city, to develop friendships with other civic-minded students, and to apply classroom learning to understanding and addressing social issues.
Each year, more than 2,000 students participate in UCSC programs and events in partnership with more than 250 organizations throughout Chicago. In addition to opportunities for short- or long-term volunteer service, UCSC supports social justice education programs, multi-sector summer internships with civic-minded organizations, Federal Work-Study-funded non-profit employment, and Chicago-focused experiential learning opportunities.