Fall 2021 at the University Community Service Center


Want to get involved with Chicago and the South Side this fall? The University Community Service Center (UCSC) is excited to launch programs and help connect you to resources and opportunities to do meaningful, engaged, mutually-beneficial work with our partners and neighbors. Read on for ways to get connected!

This fall, UCSC will launch applications to join several of our signature student civic education programs, Seeds of Justice, Roots of Justice, and the Bronzeville Youth Identity Collaborative. Learn more and apply below:

  • Seeds of Justice is a year-long community-building and leadership development opportunity for a cohort of 20 selected first-year students in the College. Seeds meet weekly to learn about various social justice topics (such as healthcare, housing, and education) and how they manifest in the city of Chicago, by engaging in small and large group discussions, participating in engaging activities and workshops, and hearing from dynamic speakers from all across the city. Additionally, Seeds commit to a self-directed civic engagement project of their choice for around 5 hours/month to both put into practice what they are learning, and to see in real time, and be a part of, how Chicago communities are creating solutions to some of the topics of discussion. Learn more and apply now!
  • Roots of Justice is a year-long community-building and leadership development opportunity for a cohort of 10 selected students in the College in at least their 2nd year. Roots meet weekly to further interrogate the systems and policies that shape the city and our world. Roots of Justice takes the Seeds of Justice curriculum and model to the next level by allowing the cohort to take charge of their learning. Roots decide on the topics of discussion at the beginning of the year, and then prepare to step up as leaders and facilitate sessions around the topics of their choosing. Additionally, Roots commit to a deeper level of engagement with a community partner of their choosing to learn more about the inner workings of a community organization or non-profit. Learn more and apply now!
  • The Bronzeville Youth Identity Collaborative (BYIC) is a collaborative arts-focused cohort that runs through winter and spring quarters and culminates with an arts showcase. Students in the College will work with and mentor high school students from the Bronzeville area throughout the duration of the program, as the cohort discusses topics related to identity, representation, ownership of narrative, and arts advocacy. BYIC encourages all students to explore their identities and tell their stories through diverse forms of arts expression, and it challenges students to question what they think they already know about the people and the world around them. BYIC is a collaboration between the University Community Service Center and UChicago Hillel. Know of any high school students that might be interested in participating in this cohort? Learn more and apply now!

In addition to our signature cohort programs, during the fall quarter the UCSC will also run a variety of workshops, opportunities to hear from our community partners on campus, opportunities to engage partners off campus through neighborhood visits and service projects, and other special events. Keep up to date on those opportunities by signing up for our newsletter, and by following us on social media. 

Want to engage the city alongside your peers? Join one of the 50+ Community Service RSOs (CSRSOs) which UCSC supports to do meaningful, engaged, and mutually-beneficial work with community partners. Learn more about those student-led programs and their work on Blueprint. 

Have an idea for a civic project and want help getting it off the ground? Or, interested in being involved but not sure where to start? Our staff team is always available for advising conversations to help you kickstart your involvement, connect to other campus resources, and build relationships off campus. Meet our team and connect with us here. 

We're so excited to have you join us this fall!

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