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Resources

The UCSC, as part of the Student Civic Engagement Center, is pleased to support student-led initiatives and projects, whether individually or as part of an RSO or other organization.

For information about reserving space at the SCE, accessing funding resources (RSOs only), or accessing workshops and trainings for your organization, please email the Student Organizations team at csrso.ucsc@uchicago.edu.

Advising

UCSC student and professional staff are available to meet with students for one-on-one or small group advising on a variety of topics related to social change and community engagement. Some advising topics include how to start a program with a community partner; RSO development or support; postgraduate service opportunities; community-engaged research opportunities; devising effective methods for program assessment and evaluation; job skills and professionalism in the non-profit sector; and many others.

To identify interesting service and civic engagement experiences, individuals may meet with the Civic Match team. Civic Match is a peer-to-peer conversational resource available to all Undergraduate and Graduate students at the University of Chicago. Our team will meet with you to learn about your interests and help you create a path into the kind of civic engagement work which is most appealing to you. Email civicmatch.ucsc@gmail.com.  

To discuss partnership development and other kinds of organizational support for RSOs and other student-led organizations, individuals may connect with the Student Organizations team. Email csrso.ucsc@gmail.com, or UCSC Assistant Director Nick Currie, ncurrie@uchicago.edu

Community Service Van

The UCSC provides access to Community Service Vans for RSOs to transport volunteers to and from service projects in the six-county metropolitan area. All drivers must be certified through the UCSC before reserving the vans.

To become certified to drive any University vehicle, drivers must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years old by the date the van is to be driven
  • Possess a valid US driver’s license for at least the past 2 years
  • Have more than 2,000 miles driving experience with no moving violations, convictions or court-ordered supervision.

Be advised that applicants from Alaska, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and Washington will need to secure a copy of their Motor Vehicle Record from their home Secretary of State or DMV, prior to the meeting.

To become certified or to learn more, please email the Student Organizations team at csrso.ucsc@gmail.com.

Certified drivers may request the van here.

Community Service Fund

The Community Service Fund (CSF) is a Student Government (SG)-led, UCSC-supported funding body that allocates part of the Student Activities Fee toward events that are focused on community service. All RSOs are eligible to apply for this funding. CSF supports activities designed to improve the quality of life of the Chicago community, as well as national and international communities.

CSF is operated by a committee of SG-appointed undergraduate and graduate representatives. In order to apply to CSF, you must submit a budget and have a member of your organization appear before the CSF Committee. The CSF Committee meets during the third and seventh week of every quarter.

CSF provides funding on both a quarterly and annual basis. Quarterly allocations are for events happening within the quarter. CSF also has an Annual Allocations process where RSOs can receive funding for the upcoming year. The Annual Allocations process takes place in Spring Quarter.

How to Apply:


  • You must submit your application using your RSO's Blueprint page. Under the "Finances" Tab, select the "Create Funding Request" option in the upper right corner. This will lead you to a webform and will allow you to download the CSF application. Please note that both the application and the webform must be completed. 

  • Complete the application, and make sure to include all details such as confirmed dates and locations, an estimate for expected attendance, an event description, a brief report on your CS/RSO’s current account balance, and the actual itemized budget for your event or project).  Be sure to include information about how this program or activity is in service to the community as part of your event description.

  • Applications must be submitted before noon on Wednesday of 2nd or 6th Week. Your advisor will be in touch to work with you on any revisions, edits, or adjustments.

Application Requirements:


  • At least 50% plus one of the individuals benefitting from the event or program must be from the community. (For example, at an event attended by 100 people, 51 must be from the broader community).

  • At least 10% of the event/program’s budget must be raised through partnerships with other RSOs, departmental support, or money from other fundraising.

  • CSF may fund only up to 50% of a speaker’s honorarium.

  • PCC groups, CAT members, and Sports Clubs are not eligible to apply to the CSF.

  • The date of your event or start of your program should be at least 11 days after the date you meet with the CSF Committee. CSF cannot fund any events retroactively.

  • Participation in the event or program should be open to the entire student body (i.e., all students should be able to become members of your RSO).

Please email csrso.ucsc@gmail.com if you have any questions.