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In 1967, in response to widespread protests against the Vietnam War, a faculty
committee chaired by law professor Harry Kalven produced what would come to
be known as the Kalven Report. In less than two pages, the report outlines the
University's "role in political and social action," sketching in broad strokes the
University's place in society . The report argues that the University, as an institution
that exists to promote free inquiry, cannot, in general, take a stance on political
issues without jeopardizing that core value . It concluded with the statement that
there is a "heavy presumption against the university taking collective action or
expressing opinions on the political and social issues of the day, or modifying its
corporate activities to foster social or political values, however compelling and
appealing they may be."
In general, the report does not appear to guide University decision-making .
Instead, it is used to retroactively justify whatever decisions the administration
has already made, with no opportunity for student or faculty oversight of the
University's financial dealings. When the University wishes to engage in political
activity, it chooses to ignore the report . The Kalven Report has certainly not
hindered the University in its aggressive efforts to shape the character of
surrounding neighborhoods and make
decisions with profound social and
political implications. When the University
appointed a new Vice President for Civic
Engagement in 2008 with the explicit
goal of lobbying on behalf of Chicago's
bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, the
report's claim that "[the University] is not
a lobby'' never entered the discussion. By
contrast, when the adm inistration does
not wish for professors and students to
influence how the University operates, it
THE YIET invokes the report to end the debate .
More recently, the Chicago Free Speech
Principles, based on a report by Law School professor Geoffrey Stone in 2014,
gained international importance, allowing UChicago to cement its position as a
bastion of campus free speech- to much praise from UChicago's wealthy donors
(such as Kenneth Griffin) and several right- leaning websites and publications .
It has been adopted by over 30 college campuses, and is slowly turning into a
precedent for legislation: the Ontario government recently declared that public
universities without similar free speech policies would risk losing funding. The
Goldwater Institute, a conservative think tank, drafted model legislation based
on the 2015 report . Adopted by the states of Wisconsin and North Carolina , the
legislation threatens exactly those who it claims to protect - the students - with
suspension and even expulsion for "[interfering] with the free expression of
others ." UChicago's protection of free speech, then, extends to ideas deemed
"offensive, unwise, immoral, or wrong-headed," while discipl inary action and
restrictions app ly to those who attempt to limit such ideas.
To most students at the University, the admin's commitment


to rigorous

debate and free inquiry seems little more than a marketing ploy and a bid for
more conservative donors - a mixed bag of often incoherent decisions and
statements. In a controversial letter to the Class of 2020, Dean Ellison claimed
UChicago does not support trigger warnings and safe spaces, despite the fact
that several campus organizations and faculty members actively employ both in
their programming and teaching . In 2018, Booth Professor Luigi Zingales invited
Steve Bannon - a man known for his role in the Trump admin and heading
alt-right paper Breitbart- to speak at an event . At a town hall, Zingales later
remarked that he would not be opposed to inviting "early Hitler" to a pub lic
event . The University administration did not so much as bat an eyelid, while
both professors and students rallied to protest his invitation. As Professor Cathy
Cohen remarked, "It is unclear what he brings to any conversation .... The question
has to be: At what point does free speech turn into hate speech?" UChicago's
purported devotion to free speech, then, seems to give platforms those who
need it least: the rich, white and the politically powerful.
Amidst all the controversy, University President Zimmer has made pub lic
appearance after appearance extolling the neverending virtues of free
expression. In the meantime, he has refused to engage faculty on issues of free
speech, despite repeated calls to do so. The ad min also conducted a closed-door
conference on free speech, barring the press and students from participating
or observing. The Graduate Students Union (GSU) has been attempting to
engage in union contract negotiations with the University ever since students
overwhelmingly voted to unionize . GSU held a rally outside a Zimmer-Boyer free
speech conference and were denied entry into the event, while the University
remains silent on demands to bargain with GSU. As one GSU organizer puts it,
'We've got all these people, an overwhelming majority of graduate students ...but
they refuse to bargain with us. That's a lack of free speech ."
Though the Chicago Principles maintain that protests are a legitimate form
of free expression, the administration also reserves the right to decide exactly
what kind of protests are disruptive and warrant punishment . In 2016, the
administration threatened student body president Tyler Kissinger with expulsion
on the eve of his graduationhe was charged with dishonestly entering Levi
Hall, the administration building, subsequently allowing other protesters to
enter for a sit-in . The protest took place after the ad min had refused several calls
for a meeting with students. Student and non-student protesters at an Institute
of Politics (IOP) event featuring former Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez
were unequivocally condemned by the IOP's David Axelrod . As politicians who
disregard and even support violence against Black and Brown bodies continue
to populate the stages of UChicago, students and faculty members continue to
face punishment for registering their dissent and anger . Under the fa~ade of free
speech and the Kalven Report, UChicago fails to acknowledge hateful and violent
ideas as such. As the admin falls back on the Chicago Free Speech Principles to
amass prestige and power and justify its every move, as state governments and
universities begin to follow suit and impose harsher punishments on student
protesters, as the voices of UChicago's surrounding communities fall to the
wayside, the question remains-




The University's injustices go beyond the city of Chicago and even this entire
nation. The sentiment of the Kalven Report, as discussed in Section One, may
seem innocuous and even agreeable, but University administrators have
historically used them to justify inaction in the face of horrendous human
rights abuses. The U of C was one of the few universities to refuse to divest its
endowment funds from companies doing business with apartheid South Africa,
continuing to provide tacit financial backing to the apartheid regime well into
the 1980s while our peer institutions such as Columbia and Harvard disinvested.
More recently, the Kalven report has been cited to justify a refusal to divest from
companies doing business in Darfur where the Sudanese government committed
genocide against Darfurians, from the world's largest fossil fuel companies, and
from companies that profit from the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. One
could quite reasonably view this inaction as taking a political position, but this
problematic feature of the report does not seem to trouble administrators.
The report itself acknowledges that the policy of institutional noninvolvement
is not absolute, recognizing that in "exceptional instances" the University's
investments "may appear so incompatible with paramount social values as to
require careful assessment of the consequences." The committee's notes suggest
that this was intended to allow the issue to be resolved on a case-by-case basis.
To the best of my knowledge, there have never been any cases in which the
administration has publicly invoked this clause. Professor John Hope Franklin, a
member of the 1967 committee, called the situation in Darfur "so tragic that it
qualifies as the exceptional instance where ... divestment is consistent with the
core values of our report," but this was not enough to convince the administration
to divest. Given that apartheid and genocide have not been recognized as
"incompatible with paramount social values," it is still an open question what,
exactly, qualifies as an "exceptional instance." Listed next are organizations on
campus that advocate for global justice when this university refuses to:


Students for Justice in Palestine is the only anti-Zionist
organization on campus, committed to empowering the
Palestinian people in their fight against Israeli apartheid.
As radical activists, we work to establish a firm proPalestinian, anti-apartheid culture at UChicago. In 2016,
we successfully passed a Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BOS)
resolution through College Council, demanding that the
University divest its assets in companies that benefit








directly from the occupation of Palestine; since
then, we've continued to protest propagandistic
events on campus that glorify settler-colonialism,
and educate our community about the need for
Palestinian (and intersectional) liberation.
While our University's administration purports
to stand for free speech and debate, it has often
failed to protect these rights for its Palestinian
students and faculty, as well as for those who
stand in solidarity with them. Efforts to silence
Palestine activism on college campuses increase
constantly - which is why it is crucial for our voices to be heard. We hold several
events over the year, including lectures, protests, art installations, and an annual
culture night, all in order to engage the community in the movement for Justice
in Palestine.


lfNotNow is a movement of young Jews working to
transform the American Jewish community's support
for the Occupation into a call for freedom and dignity
s:I FS.COM/ IFNOT- for all. During the violence of Operation Protective Edge
in 2014, young Jews angered by the overwhelmingly
hawkish response of American Jewish institutions came
together under the banner of lfNotNow through Jewish ritual. Moved to act by
moral angu ish, they organized Mourner's Kaddish actions in nearly a dozen cities
across the country for the loss of Israeli and Palestinian life.
The demand for American Jewish institutions to end their support for the
Occupation has only grown more urgent . lfNotNow is bringing this crisis into full
public v iew for our community.
Nationally, we've organized actions confronting Israeli violence in Gaza, AIPAC's
support of white supremacists, Trump's embassy move to Jerusalem, and more .
Currently, we're running campaigns demanding that Jewish institutions, like
summer camps and Birthright, end their silence on the Occupation.
We are building a Jewish community that recognizes we cannot be free absent
the freedom of Palestinians . No longer wil l our community be used by American
politicians and the American public to justify the violation of Palestinian rights.
On campus, we look forward to continue building a vibrant and joyous Jewish
community working to end American Jewish support for the Occupation. If
you're looking to meet other progressive Jews and take bold action against the
Occupation, join us for bi-weekly Shabbat, stop by a meeting, or reach out on
Facebook . Jews of all backgrounds and experiences are welcome! We know that
there are as many ways of being Jewish as there are Jews.


Sadhana (meaning "faith in
action") is committed to bui lding
a platform for Hindus who
are committed to the values
we believe to be at the heart
of Hinduism: ekatva (oneness
of all), ahimsa {peace and
nonviolence), and seva (selfless
Beginning in 2011,
Sadhana has mobilized Hindus in New York City and beyond to stand up for social
justice causes including environmental justice, racial and economic justice, gender
equity, immigrant rights, anti-casteism, and against Hindu nationalism. We bring a
Hindu voice to the interfaith justice movement. Beyond our grassroots work, we
have chapters in Chicago and the Bay Area, and members around the country and
abroad . We engage and mobilize progressive Hindus nationally and internationally
using social media .


Sadhana's work is both constructive and critical. On one hand, we are engaged
in creative and constructive work, working to build a movement of Progressive
Hinduism. We work to reimagine and reinterpret traditional symbols, beliefs,
stories, and rituals through a progressive, egalitarian, and justice-oriented lens ..
At the same time, we work to hold our communities and leaders accountable
to our faith's highest teachings . We don't agree that the caste system or Hindu
nationalism define what it means to be Hindu . we are attempting to dismantle
systems of oppression that exist within Hindu and South Asian communities, from
caste to patriarchy.
Sadhana's Chicago chapter began meeting in October 2017. Our chapter is
comprised of UChicago students as well as working professionals, community
members, and students from other Chicago universities. We meet monthly to
discuss issues of faith and justice, share stories, read poems, plan actions and
events, engage in seva, and simply get to know each other . We practice "faith in
action" by building a Hindu community that prioritizes social justice. We are a
diverse and welcoming group of people, and would love for you to be a part of our






It is our belief that the University of Chicago Police (UCPD) exists to protect University assets, prestige, and property, rather than protecting people. UCPD has a
long history of deploying excessive force to terrorize both students and community
members. In 201 o, the UCPD assaulted and arrested a Black student in the main
library for "being too loud." Then, in 2013, the UCPD brutalized a student and three
community activists campaigning for a trauma center on the South Side. On March
31 2018, just six months ago, a UCPD officer exited his vehicle and pulled out his
gun on a young, Black, autistic man who had been accused of stealing a few cookies.
In April 2018, UCPD shot a student of color who was experiencing a mental health
crisis. Outside of these publicized incidents, we know that the UCPD regularly stops,
frisks, and questions Black and Brown students and residents who are routinely
targeted and racially profiled.





Since 2012, the University
has stonewalled and blocked
the efforts of community activists and students to pres sure the UCPD to take action.
As members of the University
of Chicago community, we refuse to be complicit in these
actions, while we acknowledge our participation in these
actions as students at the University of Chicago. There was
a campaign in which alumni
and students withheld donations from the University until
we got a commitment from
the administration on our list
of demands, found here .

Even though UCPD is the second largest private police force in the world and one
of the first universities to have a militarized police force , it has little accountability
to the public because they are not subjected to the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) which calls for the disclosure of unreleased information at the request of
the public. In the Illinois House, legislation (HB3932) would have required private
university police forces to uphold the same transparency expectations that public
police forces do under FOIA. However, the University lobbied against the bill and it
died in the state senate. Today, UChicago patrols 15,000 students and 50,000 Chicago residences on the South Side with no accountability.


#CareNotCops was created on April 5th, 2018, the night when the University of Chicago Police shot a student during a mental health crisis . A
group of concerned students gathered to organize a rally demanding the
reduction of funding and capacity of the UCPD, including the disarmament
of the UCPD and a reduction of their jurisdiction (which spans beyond the
campus limits).
Moving Forward : #CNC is committed to building alternatives to police
and educating the UChicago community on the impact of the University in the Hyde Park, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Kenwood, and other
surrounding neighborhoods . We endorse the demands of city-wide campaigns that organize through an abolitionist lens, such as #NoCopAcademy . We advocate for better menta l health resources, particularly for
students of color that are also accessible to the community. Indeed, we advocate for the redirecting of funds from policing to genuine service to the
community through mental hea lth services. We ultimately seek to create a
environment for and by those who are most marginalized, which requires
a community-focused organizing strategy, and which aims for structural
change beyond individualized issues of diversity and identity.

Students Working Against Prisons (SWAP)
is a student group at UChicago which aims STUDENTSWO NGA.GAINST
to educate UChicago students about the PRISONS
prison-industrial complex, offer solidarity and
support to prisoners, and end UChicago's ties
to prisons.
History: We began as a Fightfor Just Food,
which aimed to end UChicago Dining's ties to
food suppliers who were heavily invested in
United States private prisons . The University ended its contract with Aramark after
actions including hunger strikes and banner drops in the dining halls. We became
SWAP in 2016 after UChicago's contract with Aramark came to an end. Even though
the University did not commit to self-operation as we demanded, we were glad to
see the Aramark contract was not continued .
Organizing : Our mission is in the spirit of Fightfor just Food,but has a wider scope .
We partner with city-wide organizations to educate the UChicago and Chicago
community about the effects of gentrification and po licing in Hyde Park, solitary
confinement, and alternatives to policing, among other topics. We participate
in and have co-sponsored a Mother's Day Drive and Vigil run by Moms Against
Incarceration and Violence, and run letter-writing campaigns and provide the
UChicago community with opportunities to have pen pals with incarcerated folks.
Philosophy : We have a horizontal leadership structure, so all of our decisions
are made by consensus and our meetings are run by folks in rotation. This reflects
our interest in keeping our organizing democratic, and our interest in ultimately
serving to make connections between students and the abolitionist organizing
taking place in Chicago. In addition, we make sure to use our privilege as university
students and to provide funds to fuel and support grassroots organizing .




UrbanRenewalor UrbanRemoval? Forcommunitiessurrounding the site of the future Obama PresidentialCenterand UofC
developments, there is no difference.Join us in ourfight for a
In 2016, the Obama Foundation announced that
the Obama Library would be coming to Jackson
Park. New development will soon bring enormous
changes to surrounding neighborhoods. But what's
to prevent real estate speculation from displacing
long-time residents? How can residents ensure
they have a seat at the table when decisions about
their futures are being made? Community organizations across the South Side are demanding that
the Obama Foundation, the University of Chicago,
and the City of Chicago sign a Community Benefits
Agreement (CBA) for the Obama Library.
What is a CBA?

A Community Benefits Agreement is a legally binding contract negotiated between a developer and community members/organizations
who will be impacted by a development. CBAs are the result of the whole community
coming together to identify what kind of place they want to live in . Local residents
are guaranteed a seat at the table, where they can have their voices heard in negotiating community benefits. CBAs have a long history of success in cities like L.A., New
York, Chicago, and many more.
Equitable Development

Real estate speculation is already driving up housing prices in Woodlawn, threatening to displace people from the neighborhood (property values in the Woodlawn area
increased by 23% in 2017 after the announcement of the OPC). We need economic
development that builds communities where long-term residents can afford to live
and work. That's why a growing coalition of South Side organizations is calling for protections for affordable housing, living wage jobs, local hiring, and much more to be
included in an Obama Library CBA.
It's Time to Get It In Writing

We've seen the horrific results of past urban renewal policies backed by the city and
the University of Chicago: people of color get pushed out of their homes to make way
for expensive development projects. But this time can be different: with a legally-binding CBA, neighborhood residents can hold powerful institutions accountable and resist
displacement. We can't just take their word for it - it's time to #GetltlnWriting .
About Us

We are a group of students allied with several community organizations on the South
Side to fight for a CBA. We plan events on and off campus, participate in coalition
meetings, and try to work with media sources to spread the message. Join us for our
weekly organizing meetings in the basement common room of Crerar Library. To learn
more about the coalition visit http://www .obamacba.org/ .


While the Obama Foundation is the major agent of gentrification on the southside
of Chicago, UChicago is an active participant in the process of pushing out long-time
South Side residences .
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Residential Commons , is
lauded as a great milestone
for on-campus
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have voiced their concerns
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thousands of privileged non-community members moving into a neighborhood UChicago already over polices. Gentrification also impacts UChicago students. Rent in Hyde
Park has reached new highs because of the new and future developments, pushing
students to look for cheaper prices in Woodlawn and Washington Park, thus contributing to gentrification. The University is using this outpricing to further their mission of
gentrification by subsidizing housing for University-affiliated faculty to live on the South
Side, where mainly Black and Brown people live .


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STOP is a community organization that builds the power of residents on the Southside of Chicago to impact the forces and decisions that affect our lives. We fight for
human rights to racial and economic justice through organizing, popular education,
and leadership development amongst people most directly affected by issues like
gentrification, displacement, incarceration and criminalization of youth of color and
health cuts.
For the past 12 years, STOP has fought back against the war on the poor through
tenant, youth & healthcare organizing, action research & education, alliance building, and collaborating with tenant associations, youth and community organizations,
and labor unions from around the city and nation. Our accomplishments include
stopping the displacement of over 600 low income and working class black residents,
bringing immediate redress to human rights violations occurring in the Cook County
Juvenile Detention Center, stopping the closure of four southside mental health clinics, winning a commitment to build the only medical trauma center on the south side
of Chicago, and working in coalition to win $1 M of investment into restorative justice
alternatives to incarceration . We work with the Youth Justice Program, the Mental
Health Movement, and the Chicago Tenants Council (includes the Grove Pare Tenants Association, the Kimbark Tenants Association, St. Edmunds Tenants Association,
Island Terrace Tenants Association, and Drexel Preservation Tenants Association).





In the history of what Nelson Algren called "the ceaseless battle between the rights of Owners and the
rights of Man," no city's role can rival Chicago's.
Chicago is the city of the Haymarket martyrs,
the Pullman strike, and the stockyards of
The Jungle. The movement for the eighthour day started in Chicago, and more
unions have been born in Chicago than
in any other city.
While deindustrialization and a series
of anti-labor laws have caused the labor
movement to enter a period of decline,
Chicago is still a proud union town.
Many of those workers are employed
by UChicago. With around 19,000 employees, UChicago is the seventh-largest
employer in the City of Chicago, and the
largest on the South Side.
The University is not just Gothic towers and
ivy-covered walls, and it's not just undergrads and
faculty . UChicago is a collection of tens of thousands
including janitors, secretaries, undergrad workers, shuttle drivers, faculty,
security guards, teaching assistants,
engineers, lecturers, nurses, and a vast
galaxy of other workers.
These workers keep the University
running, but University administration
has historically not always been keen
to offer them the same respect. Many
campus workers have formed unions
in order to win fair wages, benefits and
working conditions.


Undergraduates possess the power to help unionization efforts in ensuring that all
campus workers are able to make a decent living. In many ways, the University is built
around its undergraduates - nearly 20% of the University's non-medical revenue
comes from tuition. When undergraduates join their voices with campus workers, administrators are forced to take notice.


GRADUATE STUDENT UNION (GSU) GSU is a union of teaching and research assistants formed in 2007. It represents graduate students on the UChicago campus. In
October 2017, GSU won a union -recognition election by a 2-to-1 margin, meaning the
majority of graduate students on this campus would like to be represented by GSU
and bargain a contract about working conditions with the administration. Yet, the University administration refuses to honor
the results of that election and
will not start bargaining for
a fa ir contract . This is in stark
contrast to other private
universities that have chosen
to respect the democratic
voice of their graduate em__
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are a way for employees
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in the healthcare plan offered
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negotiate over stipends and
wages that don't keep up
with rising costs of living in Hyde
Park and Chicago, to put in
place fair grievance procedures, and fix
other issues on this campus that
affect graduate students across divisions. This year, GSU is fighting to gain recognition
from the University administration and negotiate with them for a fair contract.





SOUL is the undergraduate student organization that
has been at the forefront of the fight for labor justice on campus. We are the UChicago chapter of
United Students Against Sweatshops, an allied
organization of the AFL-CIO. Since its founding in
1999, we've led successfu l campaigns that won
better working conditions for nurses, lecturers,
dining hall workers . We also fight for workers in
the University's supply chain, demanding the University end their contracts with companies guilty of
worker abuses, like Taco Bell, Coca-Cola and Nike.

Oven,vhelmin g Supp ort for Campu s Unions





Students Un ited
(October 2017)

Stu dent Library
Emp loyees Union
(,June 20 17)

Faculty Forward





AAUP The American Association of University Professors, UChicago's chapter is an
advocacy chapter, a group of professors organized around the goal of advocating
for academic freedom and shared governance . The AAUP is also involved in GSU's
organizing efforts.
AFT The American Federation of Teachers, The Chicago Teachers Union, representing teachers in Chicago Public Schools, is Local 1 of the AFT. GSU is affiliated with
the AFT, along with the AAUP.

BARGAINING UNIT The group of employees represented in collective bargaining
by a union.
COLLECTIVEBARGAINING The process by which union representatives and administration representatives negotiate a contract. The contract will last for a set
number of years, and sets salaries, benefits and working conditions during that
time .
FACULTYFORWARD The union representing non-tenure-track faculty, as well as
Harper-Schmidt fellows . Recently won their first contract with the University in
March. Part of SEIU Local 73 .
NLRB The National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency responsible for enforcing labor laws . The NLRB is currently controlled by a Republican majority and is
considered to be hostile to graduate worker organizing .
NNU National Nurses United, the union representing nurses in the University hospital.
SEIU The Service Employees International Union, represented on campus by Local
1 and Local 73. Local 1 represents janitors and security guards, while Local 73 represents building engineers and lecturers.
SLEUThe Student Library Employees Union, representing undergraduate and graduate workers in campus libraries . Won an election in June of 2017 but the University
has not yet been willing to negotiate a contract, though the NLRB ruled their election valid in May. Part of Teamsters Local 743.
TEAMSTERSLocal 743 represents the University's clerks, receptionists, secretaries,
and food service workers . Most dining hall and library employees, as well as the
desk clerks in every dorm, are Teamsters.



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UChicago United is a coalition of multicultural student organizations formed to make the UChicago campus more inclusive
for students of marginalized backgrounds and identities. The
University has stated its "profound commitment to the diversity of [its] community ...creating an environment where
[its students] can thrive", but it has consistently failed to
meet the needs of its marginalized students. We are taking
action to build accessible campus resources and measures
of accountability to support the creation of an environment
that minority students are able to lay claim to as their own .
We came together in Spring of 2017 in response to yet another
racist incident on campus . Members from various cultural RSOs
gathered to discuss the incident and decided to use the momentum to launch a campaign for real and substantial change to UChicago campus climate and method of operation. We drafted a list of demands for the
University administration . The demands provide solutions for some of the social and
academic barriers at UChicago .
We have received push back from both students and administrators, but we have also
gained more allies and supporters in the process. College activism is difficult because
the student body changes so frequently, but we are committed to building a sustainable movement . We are determined to better this place for current students of color
and all those to come .







Ethnic Studies was born from student organizing during the 1960s-80s
that was part of a larger anti-war, anti-imperialist movement . There were
desires to democratize the university and include Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian/Asian American, women, and queer folks in the mostly white,
Western, male-centric academy. Student organizing at that time won
Ethnic Studies departments or majors in countless universities, including
Yale, Cornell, Northwestern, Stanford, Columbia . Meanwhile, it took until
1996 for the University of Chicago to establish the Center for the Study
of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC)through the organizing of faculty.
However, while we appreciate what the CSRPChas been able to offer
through programming and the Comparative Race & Ethnic Studies (CRES)
major, the CSRPCis not an actual department. What this means is the
CSRPChas no hiring power and faculty of its own, limited funding for students and faculty, and limited and inconsistent classes taught by mostly
grad students. This has a significant impact on the CREScourses and research on campus (as well as the inadequate understanding of race by
many students).









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In recent years, the University of Chicago has seen an increase in enrollment from
Black students across the world. In particular, the population of first generation Black
Americans has risen dramatically. With this rise, more and more students are interested in studying the Black diaspora . With a Black Studies major (BSM), students can
learn about Black cultures that exist globally and how those cultures and people of the
diaspora intertwine. Every single, habitable continent on Earth has Black societies, and
thus histories of Black civilization and the creations of culture. UChicago only having a
small offering of courses related to the non-American Black diaspora is contradictory
to their dedication to "rigorous and critical inquiry" as the University neglects an entire
field of study and an entire population of the globe. The University did have an African
American and African Studies major but it was suddenly discontinued and forced under
the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)major. The lack of a distinct BSM is also
a glaring embarrassment for a university located on the South Side of Chicago, a place
where Black culture has proliferated for over 100 years and infuses African American,
Caribbean, and African cultures in food and festivals .

#We Demand
Est. of a BSM + tracks for the study
of communities in the US, Latin
America & the Caribbean, and Africa
In conjunction with CRESdept., creation
of 4 tenure-track faculty positions in BSM
Est. of Carribbean Civ sequence
Expansion of study abroad opportunities in Caribbean + Africa, aside from
current Morocco offerings

Creation of at least 6 regularly offered courses on Africa + Caribbean 1. Decolonization, 2. Economies,
3. Pre-Colonial History, 4. Gender+
Sexuality, 5. Religions, 6. Art
Est. new, non-linguistic courses related to African languages, such as lgbo,
Yoruba, Amharic, Tingyria, and Twi

Have Senegal study abroad
program hosted on a yearly basis






University-funded Black, Latinx, and
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Asian/Asian American Centers that actively center and
support students of color to truly thrive at UChicago.
As students of color at a PWI, there are few spaces on campus that do not alienate
or isolate us in some way. While spaces like Cl+I and CSRPCprovide vital resources
for students of color, they are not enough. (CSRPCprimarily focuses on academics,
whereas Cl+I serves all marginalized students - POC, LGBTQ+, FGLI, and undocumented students from multiple schools.) We assert that in trying to provide for all of
us, it cannot fully provide for any one of us.

We acknowledge that identity is fluid and multiplicitous, and that the issues that we
face are intersectional. However, we are not all the same and we do not face the
same issues. Distinct, physical Cultural Centers would provide much needed additional institutional supports that are dedicated to supporting our specific communities and offer opportunities for us to connect with our differences.
Challenges We Face

Limited PhysicalSpace and Resources- We have been
told that "everybody wants more space" and that there
is not enough to have three physical centers. UChicago
has "found" the money and resources, however, to build
a new campus south of the midway. Although we would
not want the establishment of Cultural Centers to contribute further to UChicago's gentrification of the South
AdministrativePushback- Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam
who oversees diversity & inclusion initiatives, as well as
those above her, does not view Cultural Centers as realistic or a high priority and would rather focus on faculty
diversity and strengthening Cl+I.


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UCCIRis a group of UChicago students, faculty, and staff, as well as community members dedicated to political advocacy, education, and direct service with regards to the
immigrant population . Our purpose is to work alongside Chicago-based advocacy
groups such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Undocumented
Illinois, and the Immigrant Youth Justice League. We will also work with Chicago Public
Schools with large populations of undocumented students to educate them on the resources UChicago could offer them as admitted students . In addition, we also will work
to engage the campus at large on contemporary issues facing immigrants.

Last year, a group of historians


emerged from the UChicago's U.S. History Workshop intent on exploring the early
history of the University. What they found was a scandalous secret hidden in plain sight. While prior scholars of
UChicago were aware of Stephen A. Douglas's seminal role
in the founding the UChicago, and Douglas biographers
were equally aware of Douglas's life as a slaveholder, neither body of scholarship had connected the dots to conclude that UChicago was founded on the backs of enslaved
peoples. This was the birth of the RAUC Working Group.
The working group produced an essay published in peer-reviewed Black history site
Black Perspectives, which is titled "A Case For Reparations at the University of Chicago".
Ultimately, this University was founded by a slaveholder with money he earned from
slavery, and this calls for a moment of transformative justice that fully acknowledges
this history.
Currently, the RAUC is working with local community groups in a process of transformative justice. It is gathering reparations demands and consulting with community
organizations about what truth and reconciliation with the UChicago would look like .

The purpose of the Organization of Black Students at the University of Chicago shall be to provide an organizational framework to address issues of
concern to the Black community. The goals of OBS shall be to ensure the
continuity and growth of Black educational, cultural, social, and political
institutions on campus as well as in the greater Chicago community . OBS
shall serve as a support group to Black Students . Additionally, it wil l endeavor to build a better understanding of the Black experience that, through its
members, programs, resources and functions, will permeate the University
atmosphere . In this respect, OBS shall contribute to the pursuit of multicultural expression, understanding, and awareness . OBS is a multifaceted organization that brings together people of al l races and ethnic backgrounds
to celebrate Black history and the diverse contributions of Black students
;; @r to the University of Chicago community . Those looking to join the executive
board can run to be one of three First Year Representatives, and elections
wi ll be held Fourth Week of Autumn Quarter.


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Fraternities at UChicago : It is well understood that Greek Life at UChicago is
not as prominent as it is at other universities. However, UChicago frats are not
exempt from the heinous actions that frats nationwide are notorious for.
CW: Hazing , Harassment, Alcohol Use, Racism, Drugging, Sexual Assault


Alpha Delta Phi (Alpha Deft) and Delta Upsilon (DU) were reprimanded by
collegedeansfor being anti-Latinx,for having pledges wear sombreros while
they mowed lawns (Alpha Deft) and holding a party called "Conquistadors
and Aztec Hoes" (DU)


Phi Delta Theta's(Phi Deft)entire fraternity was suspendedbecauseof a laws.uit.brought about by former brothers had allegations of hazing. Phi Deft
pledges wereforced to drink a dangerous amount of alcohol and werephysically assaulted to the point where a pledge was hospitalized.




Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi)receivednotoriety on popular news outlets Buzzfeed
and Time Magazine after their leaked emails revealed a culture of racism
in the frat. Some content in the emails referred to Muslims as "terrorists':
multiple uses of the N-word, and plans to celebrate Martin Luther KingJr.
Day by eatingfried chicken.
Sigma Phi Epsilon (SigEp),Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE),Alpha Deft, and DU
werefound violating their own party standards in a PhoenixSurvivor's
Alliance (PSA)report. Such violations include lack of identifiable sober monitors
and no water available at parties.


Phi Delta Gamma (FIJI)hosted a mast..construction
workerthemedparty on
Cincode Mayo.A day before Cinco de Mayo, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx
de Azt/6n (MEChA)released a statement reminding the campus community
to refrain from racist stereotypes on the holiday. On the day of the party a
frat brother asked on the Facebookpage, 'What's the mustache policy for
tonight? Askingfor an amigo."


DU allegedly drugged female students after rumors of druggings had been
floating around campus. In one case,the drug Xanax was used.


Where is the accountability ? Unlike most schools, the University of Chicago
doesn't recognize f raternities like they do sororities, thus there is no governing
body for them (Panhellenic Council vs. Lack of lnterfraternity Council).

Because of this, the regulation and punishment of frats can be tricky, and must
largely come from the national heads, or from within the frats themselves, or
requires organizations like Phoenix Survivors Alliance or Panhellenic Council to
take action.
E.g. before the start of the 2018-2019 schoo l year, all fraternities were sent let ters asking that they not let first years into parties during 0 -Week . However, this
letter did not include any form of check system, or any mention of disciplinary
action against frats if they do not follow this recommendation.


---- What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal civil rights law in the United States
of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 .
The law explicitly states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis
of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be
subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving
Federal financial assistance ." Essentially, Title IX prohibits sex and gender
discrimination in all federally-funded educational institutions which includes
all instances of sexual misconduct at educational institutions.
---- What does Title IX require? Title IX requires the University to take
proactive steps to prevent violence and follow up on instances of violence
with prompt, effective measures. The University must investigate all reported
incidents, whi le seriously taking requests on the part of the person reporting
to maintain anonymity.
---- Who is covered under Title IX? All students are protected under Title
IX, regardless of sex, gender, orientation, or disability and includes LGBTQ
people, pregnant and parenting students, and student athletes. Non-affiliated
persons assaulted by an affiliated staff, faculty, or student (i.e . someone not
apart of UChicago assaulted by a UChicago affiliated person) is protected .
Also with survivors of sexual violence whose perpetrators do not attend
their institution are also protected . For example, if a student from another
school is visiting and assaults a UChicago student, the UChicago student is
still protected.

--- The Structure: All affairs dealing with equal and fair treatment for all students
is housed under the Office of the Provost as their Equal Opportunity Programs .
While matters relating specifically for sexual misconduct are under the Office
for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and the Office University Disciplinary Affairs .
The Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention also known as the "Title IX Office"
provides resources for people who have experienced sexual misconduct or any
sort of gender-bias . Some resources that the Title IX office provides are different
housing arrangements, no-contact orders . The Office of University Disciplinary
Affairs also known as just "Disciplinary Affairs" handles investigations into
instances of sexual assault and provides repercussions for perpetrators found
liable under the preponderance of evidence .
--- The History : Historically, both the Title IX Office and Discipl inary Affairs have
failed UChicago students. In 2012, The Maroon published a six-part investigative
piece that exposed the University's deeply flawed disciplinary process that deters
survivors from reporting the assault to Disciplinary Affairs and leads to very few
perpetrators being found responsible for their actions. The US Department
of Education's Office for Civil Rights has opened 5 federal investigations into
alleged Title IX violations at UChicago, including the initial investigation of 55
universities suspected of mishandling instances of sexual violence . The newest
investigation was opened in June and remains open. The Office for Sexual
Misconduct Prevention and Support has historically been more helpful and


sensitive than the Office for Disciplinary Affairs, and there are hopes that the
reorganization and new hires to both Offices will improve their functioning and
students' experiences with them. The most recent improvements to both offices
were mainly due to the actions of student activists who put pressure on the
administration to change their ways.


Unfairly treating an individual or group of individuals differently than others on
the basis of sex or gender

Conduct of a sexual nature or conduct based on sex or gender that is nonconsensual or has the effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. Includes sexual harassment, sexual violence, and relationship violence

Sexual acts perpetrated against an individual's will or when an individual is incapable of giving consent

Non-consensual sexual contact and non-consensual sexual intercourse



NCDs can be issued based on request or need of, as determined by the University official issuing the directive, and do not require the filing of a formal complaint. NCDs are generally mutual in scope and do not determine fault, unless
otherwise stated. They prohibit contact whether in-person, electronic, through a
third party, of any and all possible forms of contact. However it doesn't prevent
individuals from being in the same place or seeing one another on- or off-campus (so you can be in the same classroom as your perpetrator)

A legal term that means that a party has shown that its version of facts is more
likely than not the correct version.This standard is the easiest to meet (as opposed to "beyond a reasonable doubt") and applies to all civil cases unless otherwise provided by law. However, Betsy Devos, the current Secretary of Education
under the Trump administration is calling for universities to use a higher stan-

dard of evidence

Phoenix Survivors Alliance (PSA} advocates
for survivors of sexual violence and misconduct
at UChicago. We were formed in the summer of
2013 by students who noticed a lack of advocacy
for student survivors on campus. We originally
sought to provide support and resources for
student survivors. Since our formation, we have
expanded our mission to advocate for change on
campus by holding the administration and our
peers accountable for creating a safe environment
for all.






---- Offer an informal safe space for survivors of all identities and in all
stages of recovery to voice their stories and receive peer support from fellow
student survivors and knowledgeable, conscientious allies .
Act as a means of communication between UChicago administra tion/service providers and the student population. We attempt to bring
the concerns and needs of students to appropriate providers and increase the
accessibility of UChicago services for survivors.
---- Raise awareness about sexual violence in the UChicago community .
We head workshops that address misconceptions and stigmas surrounding
sexual assault, rape culture, maintaining relationships while recovering, and
how to be an effective ally.

---- Our critiques throughout the 20 15-2016 academic year of 0-Week educational programming for preventing sexual violence forced administration to replace "Sex Signals", an "interactive, humor-facilitated, inclusive" presentation,
to feature much more appropriate, direct, and open content including video
testimonials from students and a Q&Apanel with administrators.
---- Upon the release of the Fraternities Committed to Safety (FCS)document
in early 2017, members surveilled parties for months to hold fraternities accountable for the procedures they outlined, agreed to, and supposedly upheld.
Our work revealed glaring violations committed by every fraternity on campus
of the most basic safety measures, such as having sober safety monitors or
having water in a secure, easily accessible space.
---- In the spring of 20 17, our members wrote a comprehensive, thoroughly
researched resource guide to help survivors navigate the process of recovering from sexual violence and seeking justice against their assailants.
---- Our ongoing campaign targeting the University's response to the fo rma l
resolution process has resulted in an expansion of the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support and the Office for Discipl inary Affa irs, greater
transparency on the side of administrators toward survivors undergoing the
process, access to and ability to review the training that the Disciplinary Committee has to undergo, and more.


FOR 2018-2019:

---- Continue our campa ign against the University for increased transparency,
greater accountability, and more trauma -informed process and support system for survivors.
---- Solidify membership through outreach + attracting new/current students.
Use our recently expanded budget to provide additional resources for
students, such as hosting self -defense classes and inviting experienced and
informative speakers .




Dealing with chronic health issues is difficult in any setting, but particularly
challenging in a college environment . At UChicago, one may find themselves
particularly aware of their medical needs due to a lack of accessibility on
campus . Students with disabilities will almost certainly encounter ableism
in some form during their time in college, be it in the form of offhand comments or jokes, the inaccessible design of buildings, or the unwillingness of
faculty to make reasonable accommodations. Ableism affects people with
physical and mental disabilities and illnesses . Before discussing tips and
advice for navigating campus, it's important to understand the University's
history with disability.
In 2006, UChicago settled out of
court after facing a lawsuit from the
Department of Justice due to the
fact that it failed to meet Americans
with Disability Act (ADA) standards for accessibility; including a lack
of accessible bathrooms, building entrances, as well as assistive listening
devices in large lecture halls.
Until 2017, Student Disability Services (SOS) had only three staff members
for the entire 15,000+ student body. For a portion of the 2016-2017 year,
the office had no director and only one full-time staff member
There is currently no overall, university-wide mandate for testing accommodations. Students were granted accomodations for religious reasons
beginning in late 2017, but as of now there are currently no guarantees
for medical accommodations-issues
must be brought up with individual
departments and professors. One student sought accommodations to take
a final exam in the math department early in order to have enough time to
have a surgery over winter break and recover in time for winter quarter.
The math department said they would not make accomodations for the
exam, and the student's only options were to leave early with. . ~a..r . .._._-~__,.,
out taking the exam and take an in~,._.,~_.,
complete in the class in order to have
the surgery, take the exam and take
·-~,--, ORGANIZATION a leave of absence in order to recovOF STUDENTSWITH DISABILITIES er from the surgery, or decide not to
have the surgery.
UChicago is not always an accessible environment, whether that's due to
physical barriers or institutional culture, such as the infamous letter sent
out in 2016 decrying safe spaces and trigger warnings. Not every professor
will be understanding and accommodating, but you'll find that many are.
And many students here will be willing to support you as go navigate college, chronic illness, and disability .


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Dial-A-Ride must always be scheduled in advance and therefore allows for little spontaneity and change of plans, as often happens in life. Rather than transport vans, utilize
public transportation as much as possible. The CTA buses (171 and 172) are wheelchair
accessible and have accessible seating.The buses can get you through most of Hyde
Park if you utilize stops in the right way. Download the Rider app for a map of bus stops
and routes. At night, UChicaGO Shuttles are available. However, not all of them are
easily accessible by wheelchair or for others with mobility limitations due to the stairs
that must be used to get on and off the bus.
Student Disabilities Services and Accommodations

The sooner you meet with SOS to discuss potential accomodations, the better. While
they have a bigger staff now, it still takes time for requests to be processed. If you're
having any trouble, it's best to meet with them in-person .
Housing Staff

Your Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Heads (RHs) are great resources to help
support you at UChicago. They can help answer questions about what sort of health
services are availab le to you and how to go about getting in contact with them . Don't
be afraid to ask questions or ask for help from them if you're not sure what to do next .
If they don't have the answer, they can definitely help point you in the right direction. In
addition, they plan activities and trips for the house. Being aware about what you might
need in terms of accommodations and accessibility will be a huge help so that they're
able to take those needs into account when planning.
Disclosing to Professors

It is up to you when you disclose to professors about your health. You do not owe anyone information about your condition, but it can be very helpful to you for them to be
aware of your needs . If you choose to disclose, it is best to do so as early as possible in
the quarter, so that they have some knowledge should any issues arise. If a professor
refuses to make reasonable accommodations, let SOS know . Even if SOS is unable to
help, know that you are legally entitled to reasonable accommodations under Section
504 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Student Employment
Whether it be on-campus employment during the school year or a summer internship
that you scored, you have rights as an employee and are entitled to accommodations
under the ADA. Under the ADA, you do not have to disclose your disability to your employer in the job application process or after you've been hired. However, if you want
to receive accommodations, you will need to let your employer know


about your disability. Employers are not legally allowed to fire you for your disability
but you may sti ll feel apprehensive in disclosing your disability because of potential
backlash from employers . If you feel that you are being discriminated against because
of your disability, contact student employment for both on-campus employment issues
and Metcalf internship cases.
Student Support

AXIS UChicago is an RSO on campus that does advocacy and awareness work for students with disabilities on campus and community service in the
Chicagoland area.


advocacy• discussion• community service

The center of healthcare at UChicago is Student Health Services (SHS). No matter if
you're on USHIP or have your own private insurance, all students have access to SHS
under the Student Life Fee. SHS offers many free services such as flu shots in Autumn
Quarter, a variety of different vaccines , and STI testing , but it's always good to check
with your physician to ensure your treatment is covered. Despite some of the benefits, SHS is not all it's hyped up to be. The office is notorious for long wait times (it
can take 1-2 weeks before they can see you), misdiagnosis, and discrimination against
marginalized backgrounds (women, LGBTQ students, students of color). The office is
also no stranger to gaslighting the pain of students . If you feel that your physician is
mistreating you, you can leave a bad review in the post-visit survey that's sent to your
email and/or ask for a referral to another physician or health institution that can provide you with better care. You can also go to one of the many free health clinics in the
Chicagoland area.

Student Counseling Services
It doesn't take long for UChicago students to feel the debilitating stress that this university imparts on all who attend . In 2017, UChicago students ordered 138% more caffeine
beverages than other schools making us the most caffeinated college in the country,
a testament to the norm of sleep deprivation that dominates campus. The University
fosters a culture of stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout with insufficient support
to help students deal with massive workloads that are related to academics, extracurriculars, and student jobs. UChicago's Student Counseling Services (SCS)offers student
counseling and support groups, but with a sharp increase in the number of students
with mental health problems in the last decade, U of C has made weak attempts at
keeping up with the needs of students . It can take as long as three weeks before students can see a clinician . And when you do start seeing a clinician, SCSoffers a maxi mum of only 10 free visits with an on-campus therapist before you are referred to an
outside provider that can be a substantial fee. Luckily there are cheaper alternatives
around the city of Chicago, such as "sliding scale" or pay-what-you-can options .
Leaves of Absence

Even though the University is slow to schedule SCSappointments, it wastes no time in
placing students on "Involuntary Leaves of Absence ". In Involuntary Leaves of Absence
(aka Forced Leave of Absence), the Dean of Students gets the final say on if a student is
a required to leave because of thei r mental illness. In one case, a student was admitted
to a psychiatric hospital without her knowledge and came back to campus with a contract that said she had two days to vacate the dorm. For students who choose to take


a voluntary leave of absence for mental health reasons, the University does not clearly
communicate when students are supposed to leave campus and when they can return .
Upon trying to return to campus, students have experienced a decrease in financial
aid, an inability to register for classes, and no more guaranteed housing. In one case, a

Student Efforts
This past Spring Quarter, UCPD shot a student experiencing a mental health crisis after
he was turned away from SCS.This led student protesters to call for more funding for
mental health services on campus . Other students have taken it upon themselves to
address UChicago's lack of support of mental health resources . The Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA)and PanAsia Solidarity Coalition (PanAsia) had a confer ence about mental health in the Asian American community last year . Also, last year,
Student Government (SG) deemed College Break Day as " Mental Health Day" and used
that day to host a day long event filled with workshops and conferences about mental
health . And the RSOActive Minds is a part of a national organization that focuses specifically on mental health. For three years , Active Minds and AXIS have hosted a "See
Through Stigma " Week to combat the existing stigmas that harm people with disabilities and mental health issues .
Though the efforts of students are well worthy of applause, it should not solely be
on us to solve the problems that this University causes. UChicago shows no signs
of making the campus environment more
positive. This past year, UChicago ended
part-time status for seniors and added a
free five class option at the expense of ev(
pl I P.
eryone's tuition being raised . This change
will incentivize students, particularly those
of low- and middle-income backgrounds,
to overload themselves with an immense course load . UChicago, as an institution,
needs to dedicate more money, time, and resources to improving mental health care .


Student Ri Desta writing: "'Accessible' door - no door button" during Student for Disability
Justice (SD})protest in 2015. Source: Maroon .

Peer Health Advocates (PHA) are a student group out of the Office of
Health Promotion & Wellness. There is a sexual health wing (lnTouch), a body
positive group (the Body Positive), and a new mental health wing. Recruitment
is in the spring, but look out for presentations both in and out of housing!
Out of Health Promotion & Wellness we also have the WellCzars. The WellCzars are a position in housing, so first years this is a great way to get involved
with both health on campus and housing.

Project Reproductive Freedom (PRF)
Founded in the fall of 2017 and officially recognized by the University of Chicago in the spring of 2018, Project Reproductive Freedom (PRF),is an RSO dedicated to advocating for reproductive freedom for all. As an organization PRF
aims not only to spread awareness about reproductive justice issues but also
to leverage the access and resources of UChicago to uplift and support local
Chicagoland organizations doing important reproductive justice work. Project
Reproductive Freedom is also partnered with Planned Parenthood of Illinois
as a Generation Action Student Group.

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Navigating life as a first-generation, low-income (FGLI) is an incredible challenge
at elite institutions, which may make some feel overwhelmed by the cost of living
as a college student in Chicago . It is normal to sometimes feel out of place when
your classmates constantly go out to eat or your housemates go on expensive trips
or you see every other person wearing a $1000 Canada Goose jacket. However,
you should not feel pressured to spend money you do not have nor should you
let financial burden bar you from any opportunity. Although the University of Chicago still does not provide enough
aid to accommodate FGLI students,
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prove their lives.


If you identify as FGLI, chances are you were given the Odyssey Scholarship upon
your acceptance to the University . This scholarship is awarded to students whose
families make less than $90,000 annually. It is important to know the benefits of
the Odyssey Scholarship in order to make the most of it. Besides money that will
cover some of the expenses of tuition and room & board, the scholarship covers
the cost of student healthcare (U-SHIP). In terms of study abroad, it will cover program fees and the cost of housing. In addition, there are study abroad scholarships
specifically for Odyssey Scholars .
Although the University believes in a need-based approach to financial aid, it may
not always be enough for students. Therefore, you should never feel shy to appeal
your financial aid package to the Office of Financial Aid. Oftentimes, students will
go in person to appeal their package, and it will be reevaluated for a better financial aid package.



The Odyssey Scholarship works in a wondrous way for low-income students with
no previous health insurance or those opting into the University's Health Insurance
Plan (USHIP). This scholarship provides health insurance through USHIP, which
provides low medical costs for students to access appointments and prescription
medications .


More information on USHIP coverage can be found here .
Coverage includes a maximization of $1,500 in out of pocket expenses, which
means that any further medical expenses incurred after $1,500 wil l be fully covered by the insurance plan. Now to most, this $1,500 is too much to pay from out
of their own pocket, but there is no need to fret . The University of Chicago Medicine provides a comprehensive financial application that allows people to apply
for aid, even those without USHIP. You may qualify for a reduction in your bill, up
to a 100% discount. When you qualify for a 100% discount, this signifies that you
will no longer need to pay for any medical necessities determined by the hospital
(the hospital will not cover cosmetic surgery or botox, just things needed to keep
someone healthy) for up to one full year from the date that you were given the
discount . Student Health Services will be able to give you referrals to the hospital if
you would like to be seen for issues that would be best handled by a professional.
This may entail visiting a gynecologist, dermatologist, gastroenterologist, physical
therapy, etc . The University of Chicago Medicine will also provide various forms of
a discount for medica l bil ls, including a 75% discount .
You may only apply for their financial assistance application once you have incurred a bill from the hospital or Student Health Services. You may view this billing
statement on https://mychart.uchospitals.edu/mychart/.
To learn more about other ways that you may qualify, please feel free to use the resources at the bottom
of this page.
On another note, Student Health Services provides free STI testing, birth control
(covered under USHIP}, and condoms. Student Counseling Services appointments
are covered by USHIP, so you do not need to pay for them . On the other hand,
Student Counseling Services provides short-term assistance, so if you are seeking
a more long-term therapist, student counsel ing services may refer you to a community therapist. Under USHIP, there is a $10 co-pay for each appointment with
a community therapist outside of the University that you will have to pay. Overall,
there are many benefits to signing up for USHIP.

The Center for College Student Success (CCSS),launched in 2015, is an office under
the University that specifically caters to the needs of first-generation, low-income,
immigrant, undocumented/DACAmented students. Located in the W406 in Harper,
the office has advisors that are trained to be more understanding of the backgrounds of the students they serve. Many advisors give advice in areas other than
academic . CCSSoffers free printing services, a lending library which includes books
for core classes, laptop lending services. Several workshops that focus on financial
support, managing life as FGLI, mental health, budgeting, and more are offered to
students throughout the entire school year . Study breaks are commonly held to
allow students to de-stress and mingle with students from similar backgrounds.
Just this past year, CCSShas started the FLI Network. This network encompasses
administration, faculty, alumni, undergrad, and grad students from UChicago who
identify as either first-gen, low-income, or immigrant. This is meant for students
to network and find others on campus who have gone through similar experiences. As another means of connecting students, Maroon Mentor was started by the
CCSSso that first years can be mentored by other students, who are also FGLI.The


CCSSalso provides emergen cy funds for students who need grants for emergency



MEALS : Although you may have unlimited

access to dining your first year, this does not mean that dining halls are open all
the time. On Saturdays, dining halls close at 2:30 pm, which may leave you worried
that you might starve the rest of the night or face the cost of eating out the entire
year . Luckily, after years of a student-led campaign to have dining halls open saturday evenings, the University has decided to have Saturday Night Swipes. The
2017-2018 year was the first time the University allowed students to swipe their
IDs in Hutchinson Commons from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm for free dinner from their
food court options. These Saturday night dinners come at no additional cost.
After another student led fight for food, students staying on campus during spring
break are able to get three free meals per day as part of the Student Services Administration (SSA). Many students stay on campus during spring break because
they may have gotten an externship or they may not be able to access food . Although dining halls are closed during break, SSA caters breakfast, lunch, and dinner for students staying on campus so they do not have to bear this cost. This
program was initiated during the 2017-2018 school year . A new Facebook page
was created last year called UChicago Free Food Watch , through which students
are alerted when and where there is leftover food from events around campus .


RSOS : The Socioeconomic Diversity Alliance (SDA) and Questbridge

Student Network (QSN) are two RSOs on campus that are focused on serving students that are first-gen and low-income. Both organizations work closely with CCSS
to improve student life and also hold social events for students to connect. The
QSN is specifically meant for students who received the Questbridge Scholarship,
while SDA works with all FGLI students and has helped CCSScreate a guidebook
for maneuvering Hyde Park and parts of the city. For buying things within the UChicago community, the Facebook pages Free & For Sale and Textbook Exchange are
great places to get used books and genera l items for cheap. Lastly Marketplace is
a site that has a variety of used items that UChicago students sell at a discounted



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Institutions like UChicago are rooted in a continuum of structures that seek to
keep queer students on the margins. You will soon face the pressure to dilute
your identity to "fit" a classroom, to secure an internship, to get into an exclusive
space that calls itself "success". There will be pressure to call your identity by the
name of another, to wash away your radical potential and be digestible to society .
You will feel pressure to be one of the good ones, never to shake anything but
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In the past, the University has failed to
accommodate students with a lack of
access to gender-neutral bathrooms
in the dorms because if just one
person in the house voted against
gender neutral bathrooms, then
there wou ld be none in the whole
house . Luckily with the new policy
for dorm bathrooms every single
house (minus Shorey) is set to have
women's, men's, and gender neutral
bath rooms. Here's a list of gender
neutral bathrooms around campus .
Though UChicago has made some
significant strides for inclusion their
current name change policy does not
use the preferred names of students
on important documents such as
their transcript or diploma without a
legal name change that requires more
time and money.

Some existing resources on campus include the LGBTO Student Life office
housed in the Center of Identity and Inclusion and operates many queer events
on campus. They also published a UChicago Queer Compass which provides a
summary of queer resources on campus and around the city. Centerfor the
Study of Gender and Sexuality offers more academic support of LGBTQ students
with grants for research and internships, reading clubs, socials, and classes.


Queer and trans people of color on
campus have worked to build spaces
where people can exist w ith all their
plurality, to exist as best they can
outside of the pressure to assimilate
mainstream. You'll see how we work
too: leading RSO's, campaigns to
improve campus, and connecting this
University to the city of Chicago. Even
taking time to support one another,
listen and spend time with each
other, our community on campus is
growing .
Last year we had our first Garty of
Color (GoC). In response to numerous
people in our community expressing
feelings of exclusion and lack of
safety at the Garty, UC United held
the first party that centered on the
QTPoC community. It was a party
with music from communities of
color and a space that lacked the
predatory energy of most parties on
campus where people asked what
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Our community
members threw
events like a QT(/)PoC arts festival that
brought Chicago artists to campus, celebrated our community, and transformed
Hutchinson Commons from a space where the former straight white presidents
stare down at you to one where queer and trans(/)PoC performed without
regards to the white gaze.
This year the planning has already begun to do even more for our community on
campus and in the city . We'd love for you to get involved and there's many ways
to do so. UC United throws the Garty of Color and is always looking for fresh
faces to join our working groups . MEChA de UChicago has founded a committee
tasked specifically with Queer & Mujer Centered programing (with many exciting
events in the works) . The Organization of Black Students has increasingly made
efforts to host dinners and other events centering queer identity .






Different forms of creative expression pulse through Chicago and are
cultivated in different spots around campus. Though places like the Museum of Contemporary Arts vand the Art Institute of Chicago are labeled as hallmarks for art in Chicago, the real essence of the city's art
scene can be found in places other than downtown. All of these institutions along with smaller galleries and art events around the city serve not
only as displays for creations by marginalized groups, but also nourish
community and provide radical spaces to work toward liberation for all.

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tiqued and the narratives of marginalized people are
uplifted . UChicago students utilize the power of cre- library;centerson richhistory and work of African
ative expression to survive in and fight against this
institution and systems of oppression . The following
organizations are just some of the more established
places on campus. Watch out as more independent
art collectives and groups pop-up throughout the year
like last year's group, Art Is Movement (AIM), and the
Trans Writers of Color Book Club hosted by the CSGS.


Blacklight Magazine is a literary and arts magazine out of the UChicago's Organization of Black Students. We aim to provide a platform for marginalized voices on UChicago's campus and spotlight minority art both at UChicago and in the Chicago area. We
are also committed to curating a radical, feminist, anti-imperial and queer space that
allows artists to find community and cultivate a horizontal network of peers . In a world
in which the canon is defined by Western, white, male perspectives, we believe making
a concerted effort to highlight work from traditionally oppressed and discounted avenues is essential to growth - both individual and societal.
We publish a themed issue every quarter . Submissions are open to the UChicago community every quarter, and contributors are invited to read and celebrate their work
at a quarterly launch party . Submissions can include poetry, fiction, essays, memoir,
investigative journalism, visual art, or anything in between that explores our themes
honestly and creatively.
In the past, we've also hosted writing workshops, gallery nights, open mies, and parties.
At Blacklight, we're committed to pursuing art
seriously as a means of introspection, growth,
healing, radical imagination, and solidarity
across communities . You can get involved with
the Blacklight board or contribute your work to
one of our quarterly issues.




Groove Theory is a hip ho p dance crew
ded icated to learning and performing the dance element of hip hop cultu re. We study the foundational movements of various hip hop styles such
as breaking, popping, locking, waacking, house, and Chicago footwork
(though we always welcome other street styles). Our main goals are not
only to learn the movements and groove but also to spread awarene ss
and share hip hop dance, its history, and its culture in its true form. With
the mass commercialization of hip hop culture and mislabeling of various art forms as hip hop, the marginalized communities that gave birth
to hip hop culture often do not receive the credit they deserve. By educating members of the UChicago community, we hope to promote
awareness and appreciation for hip hop culture on campus in orde
for credit to be given where it is due. Our practices are open to the
public and we welcome all interested individuals to come and learn
the history and movement of hip hop culture. No prior exper ience


MURALis a bilingual magazine at UChicago that seeks to embrace and celebrate Latin
American and Latinx perspectives through written and visua l arts in our magazine.
While our contributors have mostly submitted work in English and Spanish in the past,
we are excited to start accepting Portuguese submissions this year for our quarterly issues after successfully publishing an English and Portuguese edition last Spring
Quarter . Towards this end, we publish many different types of works, f rom poems,
short stories, and articles to photography and collages, that explore the meaning and
relevance of Latin America from various perspectives . Each quarter we select a theme
to guide our contributors . While contributors do not need to follow the theme, it often
serves to inspire new pieces or remind them of past ones .
Throughout the year, we host and collaborate with organizations on campus to bring
diverse cultural events and programming, including open mies and art fairs.
Last year we were even able to
co-host a discussion and Q&A
with the creators of Brujos
and Brown Girls! Additionally, we host a release party for
our new issues where students
and community members can
pick up a f ree copy, enjoy some
delicious food (like pupusas
and empanadas!), and meet
other readers . Otherwise, you
can read a copy at any of the
campus cafes! Mural is always
looking for writers, artists,
translators, and designers to
contribute or to join our staff!





Iris Founded in spring of
2016, Iris has a vision of radically inclusive theater with a
specific focus on uplifting the
narratives of people of color in the theater space. This
involves presenting
by and for people of color
and bringing in artists of color from the greater Chicago
area to present their stories .
Do you have a story you feel
needs to be told? Come to us!
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City-wide organizing in Chicago has existed in a multitude of forms,
under many names, and in many guises. While different organizations
might abide by different theories of change, most organizing attempts
to dismantle oppressive systems of power and highlight the voices of
communities - especially those that are low-income and people of color . Racial, economic, and gender justice lenses are absolutely critical to
creating the intersectional movement we need, and addressing how to
create solidarity as fellow community organizers. We see power manifested through organizing in so many ways in Chicago: whether it be
the hotel workers striking (at the time of publication ongoing) or the
establishment of a trauma center on the South Side thanks to the tireless efforts of the TraumaCenterCampaign
, we have seen how we can
place pressure on those systems and people in power to win what is
necessary for our neighbors, friends, communities and ourselves.
As students at the University of Chicago, organizing on campus seems
to be one of the most accessible ways to enact change in our own community. But as residents in Hyde Park and as citizens of Chicago, we
face the responsibility of understanding our collective impact in the
spaces around us (see: 3. UCPD), and understanding how we can uplift voices that need to be heard . Here are only a few (!!!)
of the organizations that we've worked with over the
past few years.

ICIRRis dedicated to promoting the rights of
immigrants and refugees to full and equal
participation in the civic, cultural, social,
and political life of our diverse society. In
partnership with our member organizations,
the Coalition
and organizes
immigrant and refugee communities to assert
their rights; promotes citizenship and civic
participation; monitors, analyzes, and advocates
on immigrant-related issues; and, informs the general
public about the contributions of immigrants and refugees .


UChicago Student Action (UCSA) is a student
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economic, gender, disability and environmental
justice on our campus and in our communities .
Our aim is to build the nationa l student power ,
infrastructure we need to mobilize a mass movement
to transform our universities, economy, and society . We envision a world in
which all people live free from structural oppression, where our institutions work
for everybody, not just corporations and the 1%, and believe that students can
be leaders in creating that world.
UCSA campaig ns include the Environmental Justice Task Force (EJTF),which
organizes for citywide action on climate justice, and Fair Budget UChicago (FBU),
which is dedicated to living wages for workers and the full funding disability and
counseling services. UCSAmembers are also involved in on-campus unionization
work and the citywide campaign for Free Higher Education. But what we have
in common is a determination to fight for a more democratic UChicago- one
that puts people over profit. Our most recent campaign work was a joint action
with #CareNotCops and UC United this past spr ing, which challenged the UCPD's
racist policing and UChicago's underfunding of mental healthcare. But we have
a history of wide ly-publicized actions (including a 2016 sit-in that was reported
on by the New York Times), and count the release of public data about the UCPD
and meetings with admin istrators amongst our victories. We've also dedicated
ourselves to work in support of progressive candidates around the city, like
Daniel Biss, Kim Foxx, and Marie Newman. If you're looking to get involved with
UCSAor learn more about our campaigns, then follow us on Facebook, shoot us
a message, or stop by a meeting!




The South Side Weekly is a nonprofit newsprint
magazine and radio show dedicated to
supporting cultural and civic engagement on
the South Side, and to providing educational
for developing journal ists,
writers, and artists . We publish in-depth
coverage of the arts and issues of public
interest alongside oral histories, poetry,
fiction, interviews, and artwork from local
photographers and illustrators.
The Weekly is produced by an all-volunteer
editorial staff and seeks contributions from
across the city .
Learn more here .


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As the longest-active socialist group on campus, the UChicago Socialists, a
branch of the International Socialist Organization, is committed to building
grassroots movements in the present while fighting for a revolutionary socialist
transformation of society - a world based on human need and not profit, free
of oppression, exploitation, colonialism, and
war. At a University intent on breeding the
next generation of billionaire bosses and
career politicians, we have carved out an
independent space to educate ourselves
in Marxist theory and the long histories
of movements against oppression and
exploitation, on Chicago's South Side and
across the globe.
We are committed to the principles of
socialism-frombelow, and the selfemancipation of the
international working-class. The struggles for Black
liberation, women's liberation, and LGBTQ liberation UCHICAGOISOIJ
as well as the movements of all oppressed peoples for
dignity, justice, and self-determination - are at the very
heart of any socialism worthy of its name.
We participate in and support every struggle for social justice on and around
campus, from campaigns against police brutality and far-right speakers to
movements for Palestinian liberation and immigrant rights. Challenging the
University's systemic violence requires not only forging solidarity between
students, staff, faculty, and community members, but also a vision for a University
that is run collectively by all of us, rather than by a few administrators and their
well-heeled Board of Trustees.


To cohere these many struggles, we will need an independent, anti-capitalist
alternative to the two corporate parties that share power in this country.
Organizing as a socialist at the University of Chicago means standing with all
those who are oppressed, exploited, marginalized, silenced, and discriminated
against, both within our communities and beyond. Another world is urgently
necessary and another world is possible.

The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led
organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence
inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented
folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.
Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation


We are working for a world where Black lives are
no longer systematically targeted for demise.
The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying
cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
Black Lives Matter is an ideological and
politica l intervention in a world where Black
lives are systematically and intentionally
targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of
Black folks' humanity, our contributions
to this society, and our resilience in the
face of deadly oppression.
As a network, we have always recognized
the need to center the leadership of women
and queer and trans people. To maximize our
movement muscle, and to be intentional about
not replicating harmfu l practices that excluded
so many in past movements for liberation, we
made a commitment to placing those at the margins
closer to the center.
Learn more here (https://blacklivesmatter.com/
chapter /blm-ch icago/).


Black and Pink: Chicago is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and "free world"
allies who support each other. We believe in being an open and inclusive family
of LGBTQ and/or HIV+ people and those whose struggles are aligned . We aim to
break down barriers, not to build them up. We welcome people at the margins of
society: queer/trans, of color, poor, criminalized, disabled . We uphold the right to
self-identification, and we don't think there is one "model" of who a Black & Pink
member should be.

We believe in the power of people placed behind walls . We believe a just
world requires abolition of the prison-industrial complex and creation of
community alternatives to addressing harm. We believe in the importance
of healing and holding our complicated selves. We believe in adaptability
for the sustainability of the organization. We believe in transparency and
remaining as simple of an organization as possible. We believe in solidarity
with movements for liberation to recognize and resist oppression in all its
forms .
We understand that our work is interconnected with that of other groups and
organizers that are abolitionist, queer, trans, feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-white
supremacist, pro-disability justice, anti-colonialist. We are just one family in a
broader movement for collective liberation. Prisons are part of the system that
oppresses and divides us. By building a movement and taking action against this
system of violence, we will create the world we dream of .
Learn more here (https://www.facebook.com/chicagoblackandpink/)



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