Our passionate, dedicated students reach beyond our campus to take part in the life of our city and use their talents to support our neighboring communities.
Each year, thousands of our students work and volunteer in local schools and community organizations in Chicago. On campus and off, our students are empowered to challenge conventional thinking as they confront some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Working alongside neighborhood partners, our students engage with the broader community, build lasting relationships, and expand their horizons as they bring their energy, enthusiasm, and fresh ideas to classrooms, community centers, and civic institutions across the city.
By becoming active participants in civic life, students make a valuable and lasting contribution to Chicago during their college years. Through these activities, they also hone their skills, broaden their worldviews, and develop a commitment to civic engagement that will shape and enrich the rest of their lives.
Find paid and volunteer opportunities with Office of Civic Engagement programs: Civic Knowledge Project, Collegiate Scholars Program, Community Programs Accelerator, Neighborhood Schools Program, Office of Special Programs-College Prep, and University Community Service Center.
Alternative Spring Break
A cohort of 15 undergraduates live, learn, and work together at an organization that is based within Chicago’s Woodlawn community.
Chicago Bound is a 7-day 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.
Community Service Fund
The CSF is a funding body that allocates part of the Student Activities Fee toward events that are focused on community service.
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.
Seeds of Justice
Seeds of Justice is a community-building and leadership development program designed to provide a group of 20 selected first years with a long-term opportunities to engage on the South Side and learn about multiple social issues.
Student Leadership Institute
The Student Leadership Institute (SLI) offers students an opportunity to practice leadership skills in areas that will contribute to the success of their personal, academic, and professional goals. SLI strives to ensure students are able to leverage the full value of their education so that they may go on to become effective and ethical leaders.
Maroon Tutor Match
“Maroon Tutor Match helped me learn to work with people — not just students and families, but tutors as well — who were very different from me and had different priorities and struggles. Getting a better understanding of where people are coming from is invaluable.”
"I think there is a future where data can be used to genuinely connect people with services who need it the most, and who are currently disconnected from support."
Student Civic Engagement Center
Home to the University’s two largest student civic engagement programs – the Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) and University Community Service Center (UCSC) -- the Student Civic Engagement Center is a central hub for student civic engagement activities on campus.
6030 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637