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University Community Service Center

The University Community Service Center (UCSC) was founded as a University office by Michelle Obama in 1996 and is today part of the Office of Civic Engagement.

2,000+ students participate in UCSC programming in partnership with 250+ Chicago organizations per year

UCSC prepares students to become productive, thoughtful citizens and inspiring leaders in their communities and professions. We provide a platform for students to engage in service and social change opportunities that complement UChicago's rigorous academic experience. We also encourage students to explore Chicago and make meaningful connections with diverse communities throughout the city. Along with short or long-term volunteer opportunities, we support students by providing access at multiple domains such as social justice education programs, civic-focused summer internships, non-profit employment, and Chicago centered experiential learning.

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Akanksha Shah student
Akanksha Shah
Maroon Tutor Match

“Maroon Tutor Match helped me learn to work with people — not just students and families, but tutors as well — who were very different from me and had different priorities and struggles. Getting a better understanding of where people are coming from is invaluable.” -Akanksha Shah '17

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Claire Sampson
Neighborhood Schools Program

“As an NSP volunteer, I felt that I was in classrooms to build relationships with students and teachers and schools. It’s all about those 35 kids and what they need, whether that means helping a teacher prep curriculum work, grading papers, or working with a student one-on-one.” -Claire Sampson '19

Devshi Mehrotra

It always bothered Devshi Mehrotra, SB/MS’19, that less than a third of her peers majoring in computer science at UChicago were women. “There simply isn’t enough representation of women” in the mos...

Jose Heredia college advising corps
Jose Heredia
University of Chicago College Advising Corps

Not so long ago, Jose Heredia wasn’t sure where – or even if – he would be able to go to college. Now, he’s an undisputed pro, guiding hundreds of students through the college admissions process.

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Leah Shapiro and Josh Aaronson
Debate It Forward

Leah Shapiro’s six-year-old cousin gets credit for inspiring an innovative, award-winning nonprofit — and UChicago gets credit for helping bring the idea to life. When her cousin began to throw the...


The Chicago nonprofit MAPSCorps has community impact times two: It trains youth to use the tools of science and technology to gather high-quality data about neighborhood assets — and then makes that data publicly available so it can help improve life for everyone.

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