In addition to serving as a clearinghouse for opportunities to serve the broader Chicago community, UCSC offers a number of programs aimed at supporting and training UChicago students in building a more just Chicago.

Introduction to Social Justice

  • Chicago Bound - A seven-day pre-orientation service week program for 40 selected first-year students led by eight upperclassmen Group Leaders and three Program Coordinators to promote community awareness and civic engagement. This program involves contributing service projects to local organizations, visiting diverse neighborhoods, learning about urban issues, meeting with community residents and leaders, and discussions on social justice topics. 
  • Seeds of Justice - An academic year-long social justice and community-building program for 20 selected first-years to increase their awareness of the complexity of social justice issues. It includes weekly discussions, meetings with community leaders, and neighborhood explorations.

Experiential Learning

Chicago Studies - A partnership between the College and UCSC that engages the intellectual, creative, and civic energies of University of Chicago undergraduates in the life of diverse Chicago communities.

  • Neighborhood Explorations – Student-planned and led weekly visits to Chicago communities.
  • The Workshop - Bi-weekly, interdisciplinary conversation among undergraduate and graduate students, practitioners, activists, and professional academics, to share ongoing community-engaged projects as a gateway to conversations that cross the spaces of theory and practice.
  • Chicago Course Connections - Provide pedagogical support, professional development, and micro-grant funding to course instructors who wish to enrich an undergraduate or mixed grad/undergrad class with experiential learning opportunities.
  • Chicago Civic Journalism Project - Professional development and publication opportunities for student journalists’ creative expression about urban issues and events -- in collaboration with UCIJAM and the South Side Weekly.
  • Community-Based Participatory Research Corps – 8-week summer projects that use various research methodologies to generate knowledge that is valuable to the academy and to communities on different focused topics (e.g., public heath, sustainability, public housing).

Direct Service

  • Days of Service -Three large-scale events (250-600 volunteers with 75 service sites) and service projects (35-50 volunteers with five service sites) once a month.
  • Volunteer Referral - Volunteer matching for more than 150 individuals (undergraduates, graduate students, staff, spouses of staff, community members) to support the work of community organizations.
  • Service Match - On-going service projects in the winter and spring quarter at eight partner sites for teams of 5-10 students representing different Houses and Greek organizations.
  • Engage Chicago Through Service (ECTS) - an annual day of service during Orientation Week intended to introduce first-year students to the volunteer and service opportunities at the University and in various communities across Chicago's South Side.

Contribution to Public and Social Service Sector

  • Summer Links - A 10-week social justice education and internship program for a cohort of undergraduate students that teaches methods for catalyzing social change through direct service, research and evaluation, advocacy and activism, community organizing, philantrhopy, and public policy.
  • Off-Campus Federal Work-Study Employment (FWS) - Employment opportunities for more than 150 undergraduate and graduate students at over 50 nonprofits, schools, and government agencies.

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