UCSC History


  • UCSC partners for the first time with UChicago Lab Schools to expand the annual MLK Day of Service to engage elementary, middle, and high school students and their families.
  • The Study Chicago Quarter is launched in the spring in partnership wtih the College.
  • The MAPSCorps community asset mapping project expands to New York City in the summer.
  • UCSC launches the new peer advising model for CSRSOs in the fall.


  • Chicago Bound doubles program size from 20 to 40 first-years in partnership with the Institute of Politics. 
  • Xavier Ramey (UCSC Senior Assistant Director for Social Innovation and Philanthropy) and Ramona Jackston-James (UCSC Manager of Student Volunteerism) step into newly created positions.


  • Chris Skrable (UCSC Associate Director for Community-Based Reseach and Experiential Learning) steps into newly created position.



  • Amy Chan assumes the role of UCSC Director and Associate Dean of Students.
  • New UCSC Community Service Advisor position created.



  • Henry Otto (AB '81, MBA ’82) awards student development grant to support students involved in civic engagement.
  • Woodlawn Matters launches. The program includes:
  • Woodlawn Initiative, an effort to establish partnerships between student groups and Woodlawn schools and create programming for students K-12.
  • Woodlawn Collaborative, a shared space at First Presbyterian Church for students and South Side residents to work on collaborative art, education, and political activities.
  • Woodlawn Children’s Promise Zone, a school-based initiative to improve academic and social outcomes for children and families in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood.
  • UCSC hosts "A Conversation with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr."

First Lady Michelle Obama urged graduates to give back to their communities and mentioned the UCSC in her commencement speech at the University of California, Merced.


  • Chicago Studies launches.
  • UCSC receives national attention at the Democratic National Convention during a keynote speech by Michelle Obama
  • Faculty, Administration, Staff & Student (FASS) Food Drive launches. FASS, a rotating year-round weeklong food drive, was co-sponsored by UCSC, the Muslim Student Association, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. It became a CSRSO in 2010.



  • Women’s Board grant awarded to establish a program partnership with the Chicago Academic Games League (CAGL). The program became a CSRSO in 2010.
  • Student staff grows to more than 25.
  • Public and Social Service (PASS) launches, introducing students interested in public service, social service, and non-profit careers to alumni and representatives working in those fields. PASS becomes formalized into Chicago Careers in Public and Social Service (CCIPSS) in 2010.
  • UCSC celebrates 10-year anniversary.


  • Pamela Bozeman-Evans leaves to work as director of operations in Chicago for newly elected U.S. Senator Barack Obama.
  • Wallace E. Goode, Jr. assumes role of UCSC Director and Associate Dean of Students.
  • Student staff grows to 20.


  • Women's Board grant awarded to launch Wonder Women, designed to provide a female-focused approach to health care and sex education for young women in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades enrolled in the Chicago Public Schools.
  • CSRSOs program grows to 30 organizations.


  • Community Service Leadership Training Corps (CSLTC)—now called Seeds of Justice—launches.
  • Senior Care Lawn and Garden (SCLG) launches to assist senior communities and residences in home beautification projects year round. SCLG also provided an opportunity for the seniors and volunteers to exchange ideas and experiences.
  • Student staff grows to 13.


  • Investment in Diversity launches, providing free introductory college tours to historically under- represented first-generation and minority students from all over the country.
  • Absolute Value Math Camp launches to prepare and inspire seventh and eighth grade students in Chicago for high school mathematics.
  • Social Justice & Activists Conference launches.
  • Professional staff grows to four; student staff grows to nine.


  • Men in Service launches, providing opportunities for undergrad and graduate males to reach out to the community while advancing themselves professionally. The program became a CSRSO in 2010.
  • Community Outreach Partnerships Centers Program (COPC) grant awarded to identify gaps in services in neighboring communities and to provide technical assistance that builds upon the community's infrastructure.
  • CSRSOs program grows to 20 organizations.
  • Michelle Obama assumes new role as Vice President for Community Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Key accomplishments include:
    • Quadrupling the number of students involved in service from 500 to 2,000
    • Securing larger office space at 5525 S. Ellis Ave., Suite 160 to accommodate growing staff
    • More than doubling the number of Community Service Recognized Student Organizations (CSRSO's)
  • Pam Bozeman-Evans assumes the role of UCSC Director and Associate Dean of Students.
  • Student staff grows to seven.


  • Neighborhood Discussion Tours for university students, faculty, staff, and community members interested in exploring and engaging Chicago’s communities.
  • UCSC hosts Anti-Sweatshop Conference.


  • UCSC hosts Community Organizations Conference.
  • Student staff grows to five.


  • Faculty-Student Committee on Volunteerism recommends the establishment of a UCSC office including funding programs and hiring professional staff.
  • Michelle Obama is hired as UCSC Director and Associate Dean of Student Services.
  • UCSC launches formalized programs and support. Additions include:
  • three professional staff
  • Community Service Recognized Student Organizations (CSRSOs) advised by UCSC staff
  • Days of Service
  • Off-Campus Federal Work-Study
  • Summer Links internship program
  • Volunteer Referral
  • Community Service Fund (CSF) to improve the quality of life of the broader community
  • First Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception to honor students, faculty, staff and community partners who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to public service
  • Student Advisory Council convenes to provide feedback and direction to UCSC on programming, student/group involvement, services, and marketing.


  • The University Community Service Center (UCSC) launches as a student-run organization.