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.
Discover Chicago Bound Primer/Resource Page
Page of resources for students to engage with prior to joining the cohort
Discover Chicago Bound
Discover Chicago Bound is a Discover UChicago program sponsored by UCSC and the Institute of Politics for incoming first-year students to promote community awareness and civic engagement.
Civic Engagement Virtual Trivia Challenge
Join us for some friendly virtual competition of trivia, with categories that include math/science, pop culture, memes, and more!
Every week, with your help, UCSC staff will curate a Spotify playlist that speaks to the needs and experiences of our current moment.
Short and Long-Term Civic Engagement Opportunities
The UCSC organizes civic engagement opportunities throughout the year, in both short- and long-term formats.
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