Take a look at MAPSCorps's 2014 promotional video here as it gears up to expand to New York City!
MAPSCorps, the community assets mapping project, will expand to New York City this summer. MAPSCorps (Meaningful and Productive Science in service to communities), started when researchers with the Urban Health Initiative at the University of Chicago asked community leaders how they could work together to apply the tools of science to improve urban health.
What would it take to build a fully immersive, study abroad-style program right here in Chicago? That’s the question Chicago Studies, a partnership between UCSC and the College, dealt with last year. For the first time this Spring quarter, twenty undergraduates immersed themselves in Chicago through three classes, taught by distinguished teachers expert in the subject of Chicago’s history, culture and policy debates.
Each summer, UCSC allows undergraduate students at UChicago interested in community engagement to further their work over the summer as part of the Summer Links 10-week social justice education and internship program. By matching students with organizations across the Chicagoland area focused on social change efforts and offering students a competitive $4,000 stipend, the program has been a consistent success in connecting students with opportunities in various sectors.
Twenty students from the UCSC’s Chicago Bound and Seeds of Justice programs had the opportunity to learn about the University of Chicago’s and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)/North Lawndale’s bids for the Obama Presidential Library from the individuals planning the proposals themselves, through the UCSC’s partnership with the Institute of Politics (IOP).
Six UChicago students shared their experiences in service-learning and civic engagement to more than 650 attendees at the national IMPACT conference at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles last weekend. This was the first time that UChicago students have ever given a presentation in the conference’s 31-year history.