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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.

UCSC prepares students to become productive, thoughtful citizens and effective, inspiring leaders in their communities and professions by providing them with service and social change opportunities that complement UChicago's rigorous academic experience.  Our department encourages students to explore Chicago, make meaningful connections with diverse communities throughout the city, develop friendships with other civic-minded students, and apply classroom learning to understanding and addressing social issues.

Each year, more than 2,000 students participate in UCSC programs and events in partnership with more than 250 organizations throughout Chicago.  In addition to offering opportunities for short- or long-term volunteer service, UCSC supports social justice education programs, coordinates multi-sector summer internships with civic-minded organizations, supplies Federal Work-Study-funded non-profit employment, and provides access to Chicago-focused experiential learning opportunities.

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