• Former Dean of Students Terri Owens at the annual MLK Day service
  • Greening the Div School gardening service day

Civic Engagement


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.

Left: Students Rachel Carbonara, Michelle Burr Harrison, and DSA President (2016-2017) Caroline Anglim at a #hashtaglunchbag event. Volunteers from the community came together to sort, wrap, and distribute gifts to Chicago children living in homeless shelters. The Hashtag Lunchbag initiative usually meets monthly at local restaurant and meeting space The Promontory to wrap and deliver food to the homeless. Also pictured: daughters of a Div school staff member. 



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). 








 Food or Toiletries/Clothing Drives in partnership with University Community Service Center (USCS).

  This is a recurring project. Watch for the boxes in the lobby!






 MA student Demond Drummer's CoderSpace initiative was selected for an inaugural Community Programs Accelerator grant.