Graudate students at U of C have pride for their work and science education. They enjoy reaching out to community partners and local schools. By engaging with the public, our students improve their communication and teaching skills. Beyond gaining great experience, participating in outreach activities increases the probability they receive competitive national grants. Some activites include volunteering in sciences classrooms, tutoring school age children and working as demonstrators at the many amazing Chicago area museums.
Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a national network that hosts one-day conferences to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Through locally-organized EYH Network programs, the EYH program provides STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. The ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges!
Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ conferences nurture girls’ interest in science and math to encourage them to consider careers in STEM. Conferences are held all over the United States for middle and high school girls.
Click here to watch a video and learn more about EYH Programming and their relationshiop with the community.
The Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) was founded in 1976 by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement (then, the Office of Community Affairs). From the beginning, our mission has been to engage the community in impactful ways, mostly by facilitating partnerships between University of Chicago students and our local schools to help them strengthen their ability to meet the needs of schoolchildren on the South Side. The Founding Director of the Neighborhood Schools Program, Duel Richardson, served in that role from 1976–2010. He was succeeded in 2010 by Shaz Rasul, who himself is a former NSP student (1995–1997).
University of Chicago students gain valuable skills through their NSP placements while enriching their own understanding of how the urban education system functions. In the course of their work with our partner sites, they become integral members of the community in the schools and classrooms, and they serve as near-peer mentors and role models for younger students.
The University Community Service Center fosters the development of civic-minded students by providing substantive community service opportunities through community partnerships based on mutual trust and respect. Each year, more than 2,000 students participate in UCSC programs and events in partnership with more than 250 organizations throughout Chicago.