for Civic Impact
Preparing UChicago students for engagement in Chicago and beyond
UChicago students have many opportunities to prepare themselves for urban study and engagement, preparation that includes understanding the intellectual and ethical frameworks of social justice/community engagement; exposure to different modes of and building concrete skills for engagement; and critically reflecting on one's own practice as an engaged intellectual. The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) curates such opportunities in partnership with a wide range of University and community-based partners so as to make them more readily available to interested students.
Some of these introductory experiences are cohort programs: group experiences sponsored by various University offices to which students must apply and be accepted. Others are more "modular," self-contained offerings that students can participate in individually and in various combinations based on the competencies they wish to develop.
To fulfill the requirements of the Certificate Program, students must complete at least three introductory experiences. A preferred combination of these includes one "framework" experience; one experience that focuses on a particular issue, skill, or community; and one reflective experience such as the new "Chicago Studies Core" module (open only to students enrolled in the Certificate Program -- click to learn more and register for Spring 2018).
- Chicago Bound (UCSC/IOP pre-orientation cohort program for incoming first-years)
- Seeds of Justice (year-long UCSC cohort program for first-years)
- Summer Links (UCSC summer cohort/internship program for upperclass students)
- Women in Public Service (IOP cohort/leadership program for female students)
- Alternative Spring Break (UCSC-sponsored immersion into a single Chicago neighborhood)
- Bridging the Divide (IOP-sponsored exploration of political engagement)
- MAPSCorps (summer employment working in Positive Youth Development and public health)
- Open Exchange (UCSC program engaging students with language skills to support immigrants and refugees)
- Small Business Growth Program (OCE and Polsky-sponsored consulting cohort)
For a listing of upcoming Chicago Studies Core offerings, as well as other possible reflective experiences (including those submitted by enrollees in the Certificate Program), visit the CSCP Wiki.