From drives to benefit the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Programs to building playgrounds, Divinity School students engage with the local and wider communities in a variety of ways. Students can choose to become involved with initiatives sponsored by the University Community Service Center (USCS) such as the city's annual "Point in Time Homeless Count" – or find meaningful engagement on their own. In Swift Hall, our Wednesday Lunch program regularly brings in guests from the wider community – like Harmony Hope and Healing, providing music programs to homeless and under-served Chicagoans or representatives from the Greater Chicago Food Depository, PAWS Chicago, and the Hyde Park/Kenwood Hunger Programs. These programs provide an introduction to community needs.
Winter Toiletries and Clothing Drive in partnership with University Community Service Center (USCS). Items, including numerous coats, were donated to the local food pantry.
Urban Gardening - DSA Service Event
The DSA hosted students interested in urban gardening and giving back to the local community with a cleanup day at the Brickyard Garden.
MDiv students Annemarie Kalson (left) and Nora Zaki (right) worked with hospital chaplains at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center, on the South Side, where approximately eighty percent of the hospital's patients are covered by Medicare and Medicaid; the previous year, MDiv students did a rotation at the Cook County Jail (the largest single site jail in the country).
MA student Demond Drummer's CoderSpace initiative was selected for an inaugural Community Programs Accelerator grant.