First Fridays

  • May: Immigration & Racial Justice

    How have racial and immigration policies (locally, regionally, nationally, and globally) shaped Chicago?

Celebrating 20 Years with Forums for Social Change

The UCSC is hosting the First Friday Social Change Forum series to celebrate the past 20 years of civic engagement since its founding by First Lady Michelle Obama in 1996, and to look ahead to what we can ALL do in the next 20 years to strengthen our communities.  First Friday Social Change Forums spotlight a social justice topic each month from October to May, connecting to UCSC’s broader mission of engaging students with communities and partners to build a more just Chicago. The event series will also provide an opportunity for students to consider how they can explore and integrate civic engagement during their UChicago tenure and in their post-UChicago careers as they learn from and network with UChicago alumni and community leaders who are dedicating their professional lives to responding to these issues. 

Event Format

  • 1:00pm-2:30pm    Alumni/Community Leader Panel
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm    Roundtable Discussions/Networking 

Monthly Topics

Fall Quarter 

  • Week 2 - October 7, 2016:  Education (School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St.) 
  • Week 6 - November 4, 2016: Politics and Government (Ida Noyes ­Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.) 
  • Week 10 - December 2, 2016:  Criminal Justice (Ida Noyes ­Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.)

Winter Quarter

  • Week 1 - January 6, 2017:  Housing & Economic Development (School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St.)
  • Week 5 - February 3, 2017:  Labor and Employment (School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St.)
  • Week 9 - March 3, 2017:  Identity Justice (Ida Noyes ­Hall, 1212 E. 59th St.)

Spring Quarter 

  • Week 2 - April 7, 2017:  Health and Environment (School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St.)
  • Week 6 - May 5, 2017:  Immigration and Racial Justice (Center for Identy + Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.)