At the University of Chicago Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, we want students to have access to academic and cultural resources, but to also have opportunities independent of the classroom and student life. Thus, the following is a list of opportunities where students can go to search for funding, enrich their summers or find work after graduation.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Civic Reflection Fellows Program

Seeking 6 rising second and third year students for new Civic Reflection Fellows Program!

The University Community Service Center (UCSC), the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMSA), and the Project on Civic Reflection (a nationally recognized nonprofit organization) are excited to offer a one-year certificate program designed to develop a cohort of thoughtful, collaborative student leaders who can engage diverse groups of students and community partners in dialogues about critical issues and themes in civic life.

Students will work collaboratively with other students to plan and facilitate reflective discussions and to integrate these discussions among student groups and/or community partners.  This pilot program is led by the Project on Civic Reflection, in collaboration with staff and faculty liaisons from four Chicago-area campuses who will provide supervision, mentoring, and support throughout the academic year.

The Project on Civic Reflection expects to offer a $250 stipend at the Fellow’s completion of the program, but this is dependent on funding and will be confirmed by November 2012.  Nonetheless, there are multiple benefits to participating, as described below.

How will Civic Reflection Fellows benefit?
  • Develop leadership capacity, increase understanding of different perspectives, and build skills in facilitation, dialogue, listening, critical thinking, communication and outreach. 
  • Participate in a diverse cohort of 24 students from multiple schools, with an opportunity for peer learning and networking.
  • Receive facilitation training and follow-up support from the staff of the Project on Civic Reflection, a national leader in reflection and dialogue.
  • Earn a “Certificate in Civic Reflection Facilitation” at the end of the program year when all requirements have been met.
  • Receive an invitation to participate as a peer mentor for other students in the next academic year.
Who will participate?

The Civic Reflection Fellows Program is by application only.  24 total students will be selected — 6 students from 4 diverse campuses, including a private institution (UChicago), a state university (Governors State University), a professional graduate school (Chicago School of Professional Psychology), and a city college (Truman College).

Each school has been selected based on: 1) a commitment to student/community engagement, 2) a firm belief that reflection and dialogue are critical aspects of leadership and service, 3) a commitment to promoting diversity and creating dialogue across differences, and 4) demonstrated interest in using reflective discussion as a strategy for student engagement and development.

Application Information:

Apply by NOON on Monday, September 24. Learn more at

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