Want to be part of the Seeds of Justice program in 2019-20? Click here to apply!
Seeds of Justice is a community-building and leadership development program for 20 selected first-year students in the College. The program provides students with the opportunity to have and reflect on meaningful service and social change experiences, increase their awareness of the complexity of social justice issues (such as healthcare, housing, and education) as they are manifested in the city of Chicago, and practice valuable leadership and community-building skills to guide their work in creating change on and off campus. It runs from Week 5 of the Fall Quarter until the end of the academic year.
The Seeds of Justice program consists of two major components, together totaling approximately 20 hours per quarter. The first component is the Tuesday Cohort Meetings: The 20-person cohort meets as a group five times a quarter, from 5:30-7:30 on Tuesday nights at the UCSC (Weeks 5-7 & 9-10 during Fall Quarter, and Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, & 10 during Winter and Spring). At these meetings the group will engage with community leaders working on a variety of issues and in a variety of areas, who will inspire and inform their ongoing work for social change. Additionally, through discussions, reflection, readings, and other activities, the group will explore these issues and practice the critical thinking and leadership skills necessary to address them, all while building and sustaining community with one another.
The second component is Engagement and Reflection: During Fall Quarter, participants will be matched to a community organization whose work aligns with their interests, and will make an ongoing commitment to contribute to a project, initiative, or a program of that organization with the intent of supporting their work and and giving participants hands-on experience addressing social issues. The weekly or monthly commitment will be determined based on availability and need. Beginning in Winter Quarter, participants will meet every other week (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, & 9) in small groups for one hour-long Reflection Circles. In these circles, participants will discuss their work at their site, dig deeper into issues being discussed in cohort meetings, and consider their own growth and development as emerging civic engagement leaders.
A good Seeds of Justice applicant is someone with experience in community service and civic engagement who is interested in exploring the root causes of inequities, deepening the quality of their ongoing community service and social change work, and exploring different methods of social change. They will be someone who is energized to explore service and civic engagement beyond Seeds of Justice as well, with an interest in joining RSOs or other programs where they can engage with the wider community.
Additionally, a good applicant will have a demonstrated interest in being part of an intentional, challenging, and supportive community experience, and will be thoughtful about what they can contribute to the development of such a group.
Students with questions should contact Nick Currie, UCSC Assistant Director for Student Leadership and Advising, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections from Seeds of Justice Program Alumni
“Seeds of Justice has greatly increased and expanded my view of Chicago and led me to challenge my preconceptions and assumptions.”
“Seeds of Justice has helped me develop my personal passions, build a foundational understanding of a wide variety of justice issues, and meet brilliant people who care about the same things that I do.”
Application Process & Timeline
Online Application Due: Friday, October 11, 2019 (11:59PM CST). Apply here.
Interview Notification: Monday, October 14, 2019
Interviews for Qualified Candidates: Wednesday, October 16 - Friday, October 18, 2019
Decisions Announced: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Student Acceptance Confirmation: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Program Orientation: Saturday, October 26, 2019
First Weekly Tuesday Meeting: Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 5:30-7:30PM