Cohort Programs

In addition to serving as a clearinghouse for opportunities to serve the broader Chicago community, UCSC offers a number of cohort-based programs aimed at supporting and training UChicago students in building a more just Chicago.  Click on any of the programs below to learn more.

Introduction to Social Justice

  • Chicago Bound - A seven-day pre-orientation service week program for 40 selected first-year students led by peer leaders to promote community awareness and civic engagement. This program involves contributing service projects to local organizations, visiting diverse neighborhoods, learning about urban issues, meeting with community residents and leaders, and discussions on social justice topics. 
  • Seeds of Justice - An academic year-long social justice and community-building program for 20 selected first-years to increase their awareness of the complexity of social justice issues and increase their touchpoints with local social change efforts. It includes reflections, discussions, meetings with community leaders, and direct engagement with community organizations.

Direct Service Cohorts

  • Alternative Spring Break - A five-day service and education immersion in a Chicago neighborhood for one or more teams of 10-15 students.  The 2016 ASB pilot partnered with Hope Works/Living Hope Church for an immersion in Woodlawn.
  • Grads on the Ground - A  5-month cohort program for 10 graduate students focusing on social justice and neighborhood immersion in Washington Park.
  • Open Exchange - A school-year experiential learning program for a selected cohort of 20 undergraduates and graduate students.  UCSC pairs UChicago native speakers and language learners of Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish with nonprofit organizations that support immigrants and refugee communities in Chicago. 

Internship Cohorts

  • Summer Links - A 10-week social justice education and internship program for a cohort of undergraduate students that teaches methods for catalyzing social change through direct service, research and evaluation, advocacy and activism, community organizing, philantrhopy, and public policy.