Want to be part of Chicago Bound 2019? Click here to apply!
Chicago Bound is a 7-day (Saturday, September 14, 2019 to Friday, September 20, 2019) student-led pre-orientation program sponsored by UCSC and the Institute of Politics for 40 incoming first-year students to promote community awareness and civic engagement. Housing and meals will be provided.
Chicago Bound staff and student leaders guide students through a number of Chicago communities, including those neighboring the University. Students will grow their appreciation for the vibrant history, diverse cultures, incredible food, and social challenges that are heard about around the world—all in a tight-knit cohort of 40 first-year students led by current UChicago students who are program alumni and a UChicago graduate student. Through Chicago Bound, students will become more informed about Chicago and methods of effecting social change, including direct service, research and evaluation, advocacy and activism, community organizing, public policy, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Issues students can expect to learn about include immigration, segregation and racism, education, health, community economic development, gender and identity.
No prior civic engagement, volunteering, or social justice experience is needed to apply. Ideal candidates will have a curiosity about social issues; a desire to understand how government, businesses, and social culture create the opportunities and injustices that exist in Chicago and beyond; good social skills that allow them to function well within an incredibly diverse (racial, economic, cultural, gender, etc.) student cohort; and a desire to learn how any future career can serve to improve our world.
Note: Participants are expected to contribute $100 contribution to help defray program costs. This expense will be added to your Winter Quarter tuition bill. Financial assistance is available for students, please indicate on your application if the $100 contribution is a barrier to your participation. Students will be responsible for any personal or incidental expenses.
Questions? Please contact UCSC Assistant Director Nick Currie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections from Chicago Bound Program Alumni:
"By going through the experience of Chicago Bound, my expectations of the role of my college education greatly changed. I learned that my experience at the University should not be solely academic, and that my studies should include working on building relationships with others and forming a network that can be mobilized for the good of a single community as well as Chicago at large."
"Walking into session after session conducted by members of our Chicago community who experienced difficulties such as homelessness and incarceration gave me insight into a world I never could have seen from a classroom. The profoundness of the speakers’ passion about social justice issues that they are fighting for will undoubtedly stick with me as I begin to formulate causes that I deem to be important."
Application Process & Timeline
Online Application Due: Friday, June 14, 2019 (11:59PM CST). Apply here.
Decisions Announced: Friday, July 5, 2018
Student Acceptance Confirmation: Friday, July 12, 2018, (5PM CST)
Program Dates: Saturday, September 14 (program kick-off at 12pm) to Friday, September 20, 2018 (program closing at 10:30pm)