Seeds of Justice

Seeds of Justice is a community-building and leadership development program for 20 selected first-year students in the College. The program provides students with the opportunity to increase their awareness of the complexity of social justice issues such as healthcare, housing, and education, and explore strategies used by organizations in Chicago to address these inequities. It runs from Week 4 of the Fall Quarter until the end of the academic year.

Students participate in discussions, community explorations, and service projects that will introduce and expose them to a wide range of people affected by these injustices, and develop the critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to address these issues in the process.

Through weekly meetings, participants speak with various community leaders and hear their perspectives on social justice issues. Community explorations, service projects, and other experiential activities help create a closely-knit cohort and help students develop essential leadership skills necessary to sustain productive involvement with Community Service Recognized Student Organizations (CSRSOs) on campus and nonprofit organizations in the city of Chicago and beyond.

Program Goals

  1. To support a diverse group of 20 first-year students interested in gaining an awareness of social justice issues in Chicago communities through discussion, reflection, and direct engagement with the work of local organizations.
  2. To support students in applying what they learn about community-building to take action on and off campus.
  3. To support the work of nonprofit organizations in Chicago by facilitating connections between students interested in internship and volunteer opportunities.

Students with questions should contact Caroline Ouwerkerk, Program Manager for Social Justice Initiatives, at