Chicago Undergraduate Program
CUP is a student-led group under LDCE that pursues justice and equity by connecting NU students with high-impact local community organizations. We invite local community leaders from Chicago and Evanston to engage in conversations allowing members to easily access important learning and engagement opportunities. CUP works to build healthy community and encourage our members be thoughtful and engaged citizens.
Our big goal is to build relationships within the NU community and between students and the Chicago/Evanston social justice networks. All undergraduate students are encouraged to join in our conversations and larger community work.
What to expect?
Join us for weekly meetings every Tuesday from 5:00pm- 6:30pm in Parkes Hall. Dinner is included.
We cover various social justice topics each quarter. These include but are not limited to:
- Housing discrimination/gentrification
- Transportation injustice
- Healthcare disparities
- Education injustice
- Food insecurity
- Refugees in Chicago
- Environmental injustice
- Criminal justice reform
We emphasize community building both between NU and Chicago, but also within our Northwestern student body! Small groups are one way we can get to know one another more personally!! You are invited to join!
Spring Break Program Option
In addition to a weekly CUP program, we will offer a low cost Spring Break Immersion experience in downtown Chicago for up to 30 students from Friday, March 18, 2022 - Friday, March 25, 2022. This week long program will focus on social justice education, direct service, reflection and community building.
Students will do hands-on work with non-profit organizations in Chicago that challenge participants to think critically and compassionately, with the goal of becoming active citizens dedicated to pursuing a more just and equitable world. Registration will first open to those who regularly attend CUP meeting in the fall quarter. For more information see the Alternative Spring Break site.