Seeds of Justice Application Class of 2021

Thanks for your interest in Seeds of Justice. The 2017-18 program application cycle is now closed. 

In addition to responding to all of the items below, please write essay responses (200-250 word) to the following three (3) questions in a separate document.  You will be prompted to upload this document in Microsoft Word, PDF, open doc, or text (.txt, .rtf) format at the end of the application.  Please ensure that your first and last name appear on each page of your responses.

Essay Questions (250-300 words each):

  1. We all have a number of ways we identify ourselves -- it may be based on where we grew up, the communities we're part of, the values we hold, or even the way others perceive us -- and all of these identifiers affect the way we move through the world. Please share with us one or more of your key identifiers, and describe how they have impacted and shaped your life to this point.
  2. A major part of Seeds of Justice is the intensive, intentional community-building work which participants do with one another over the course of the year. What would you bring to the table as a member of the twenty-person cohort? What challenges do you foresee, and what might it look like for you to take leadership in addressing them with your peers?
  3. The various parts of the Seeds of Justice program model are meant to help participants develop leadership skills in civic engagement spaces and have a meaningful impact on the city of Chicago over the next four years. How do you imagine yourself being a civic engagement leader in the coming years, and how will being part of the Seeds of Justice cohort support you in reaching those goals? You may wish to address here the leadership skills you are eager to develop, the kinds of projects or issues you might like to engage with, and/or the social change strategies you are eager to explore or practice.  
Seeds of Justice participants are expected to attend all weekly program meetings (5:30 to 7:30 PM Tuesdays, Weeks 5-8 & 10 in Autumn Quarter, and Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 in Winter and Spring Quarter), as well as all scheduled engagement projects and reflection sessions (day/time to be scheduled, Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 in Winter and Spring Quarter). Additionally, please hold Saturday, October 21st (9am-1pm) for a mandatory, immersive introductory retreat, Saturday, November 11th (morning - time TBD) for a group service project, and Saturday, January 13th (9am-2pm) to support the UCSC's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service as service site leaders. If you are selected for the program, you will be expected to arrive on time and attend every meeting and scheduled event. Will this fit your schedule?
Please provide any additional information you'd like on your previous service, leadership, or civic engagement experiences. Also, please provide any relevant links to further explain your involvement.