Short and Long-Term Civic Engagement Opportunities

The UCSC organizes civic engagement opportunities throughout the year, in both short- and long-term formats. Short-term volunteer opportunities include individual days of targeted community service: Engage Chicago Through Service (Freshmen only), MLK Day of Service, Earth Day, Day of Service and Reflection. Students seeking a one-day volunteer commitment can sign up for these service days online. The UCSC also organizes a series of Dinner Dialogues which aim to connect students, staff, faculty, and alumni to local organizations to build community and explore opportunities for collaboration. 2-3 times per quarter, these dinners occur with various partners in Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Bronzeville.

Current Opportunity: as part of the College Orientation, the Center for Identity + Inclusion (CI+I) and University Community Service Center (UCSC) teams are hosting two interactive Campus Life Meetings for 2,200 incoming students - and we need your help! There are opportunities for staff, faculty, and post-docs to sign up as session facilitators, and for undergraduate and graduate students to serve as community project site leaders or session facilitator support.  Learn more below, or sign up here

Campus Life Meeting: Hearing One Another

Friday, September 24

presented as part of the Diversity + Inclusion Initiative

This workshop combines behavioral science research and improv exercises to help people develop effective communication and listening skills, which are key to creating a more inclusive campus climate. At this point, 1 in 5 people at the University have participated, including all College students.

Key responsibility for Lead Facilitator + Support Facilitator (training provided): Facilitate interactive activities for a group of up to 40 new students.

Questions? Contact


Campus Life Meeting: Engage Chicago
Friday, September 24 

presented by the University Community Service Center

This program introduces students to the city of Chicago, particularly the South Side, and provides them with opportunities to learn more about the complexity and diversity of Chicago, meet with community leaders, and reflect on their own interests and engagement.

Key responsibility for Lead Facilitator + Support Facilitator (training provided): Facilitate conversation about entering communities with a group of up to 40 new students.

Key responsibility for Site Leader: Travel to community sites with students to support engaged learning and reflection.

Questions? Contact

Volunteer Roles and Time Commitment
Lead Facilitator 
(Staff Members, Faculty Members, Postdocs, and Community Partners)
Friday 9/24, 9:00-11:00am (Hearing One Another) + 1:00-1:45pm (Engage Chicago)

Support Facilitator (College Students and Graduate/Professional Students)
Friday 9/24, 9:00-11:00am + 1:00-1:45pm

Site Leader (College Students and/Graduate/Professional Students)
Friday 9/24, 1:45-5:15pm 

Please note that there will be a lunch break from 11:00am-1:00pm, and lunch will be available for facilitators.

Count me in!