Chicago Bound is a 7-day student-led, staff-supported, pre-orientation program sponsored by the University Community Service Center (UCSC) and the Institute of Politics (IOP) for 40 incoming first-year students to promote community awareness and civic engagement. This program brings students into a deep, experience-based understanding of the headlines, challenges and opportunities Chicago provides. Students spend a week many of the 77 neighborhoods in Chicago, learning about urban issues, social justice theory and Chicago’s history of social change, and meeting with community residents and leaders. Through Chicago Bound, students become more informed about Chicago and methods of effecting social change, including direct service, research and evaluation, advocacy and activism, community organizing, public policy, urban planning, cultural appreciation, political office, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Following Chicago Bound participation, students can expect to begin their studies at UChicago with a significantly deeper understanding of Chicago, how it came to be what it is, how social injustices happen, and how they can work to change our world for the better. Learn more about the program and apply on the Chicago Bound website.