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Lydia Stazen’s Chicago Semester Story: Bringing Her Vocational Calling into Razor-sharp Focus

By the end of her sophomore year of college, Lydia Stazen ’04 felt an intense need to expand her horizons beyond her campus experience. As she explored off-campus semester opportunities, she was excited to discover that Chicago Semester met both her personal need for more diverse experiences – and her major’s internship requirements. Before participating…
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October Updates From Chicago Semester

Increasing Program Visibility Chicago Semester staff have been active this fall making presentations as part of our initiative to increase our visibility as a leader in urban experiential education. Staff have presented: “Leadership and Calling: Connecting Experiential Learning with Life’s Big Questions,” CS Faculty, Rebecca Burwell at the National Society of Experiential Education’s Annual Conference…
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September Updates from Chicago Semester

Homegrown Event On Monday, September 16, Chicago Semester hosted Homegrown: Stories From Food Start-Ups in Chicago as part of our ongoing celebration of 45 years as a program. 1871’s auditorium provided a beautiful venue for the event which featured entrepreneurs of color who had built food businesses in neighborhoods across the city. Attendees had an…
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August Updates From Chicago Semester

Our Fall CS’ers Have Arrived! Our fall semester kicked off this past Sunday with the first ever orientation hosted at 1871! Students participated in sessions about navigating the ins and outs of Chicago’s public transportation, engaged in some friendly competition with Chicago trivia, and enjoyed famous Chicago deep dish pizza! Our orientation activities continued into…
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Chicago Semester Event: Homegrown: Stories from Food Start-Ups in Chicago

Join Chicago Semester in our ongoing celebration of 45 years, serving college students through experiential education programming, as we present Homegrown: Stories from Food Start-Ups in Chicago. This event provides an opportunity to hear stories from entrepreneurs of color working to make an impact on their Chicago neighborhoods through food. Join us as we explore how…
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Chicago Semester is on the move!

The program has signed a lease for a new office space at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart. After 15 years at our location at 11 E. Adams we will move to this innovative, collaborative workspace in mid-June. This move provides significant opportunities for the program to move forward in our strategic priorities to increase our visibility, build…
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Updates from Chicago Semester!

Chicago Semester celebrates 45 years! On Friday, April 12, Chicago Semester celebrated its 45th Anniversary as a program. Over 125 program alumni, former staff and friends attended this special anniversary celebration and honored significant award recipients. Staff and student volunteers hosted the event at the American Writers Museum downtown in the Loop, raising over $22,000…
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Spring News from Chicago Semester!

Students Engage Public Life in Chicago Our students are witnessing democracy in action here in the city. Chicago voters will have the opportunity to participate in a historical runoff election on April 2, electing the city’s first African American female into office. As a program we are committed to “equipping students for integrated personal, professional…
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Don't miss our book and wine pull on Friday, April 12!

Join the Story on Friday, April 12 as we celebrate 45 years!  This interactive evening at the American Writers Museum will include delicious food and drink, games, live music, a silent auction and book and wine pull. You won’t want to miss the highlighted opportunities below to give to Chicago Semester – check it out!…
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Visit the American Writers Museum with us on Friday, April 12!

  About the Venue   Chicago Semester’s 45th Anniversary Awards Celebration will take place at the interactive American Writers Museum in the heart of downtown Chicago. The Museum opened to the public in 2017 and just a few months later was ranked the #1 Best Illinois Attraction by The USA TODAY 10Best Readers. Learn more here! We are proud…
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