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2021 Awards Celebration: A Night of Illustrations

    Thank you for joining us for Chicago Semester’s Night of Illustrations! We are so grateful that you spent the evening with us and hope you felt inspired by the work of our students, alumni and partners at Chicago Semester. This work could not be done without your support.   If you are the…
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Chicago Semester's Film Premiere

  Today we presented the premiere of A Chicago Semester Film Featuring Students’ Stories of Hope! We hope our students’ stories inspired you. If you missed the film, you can still watch: click here. (Closed captions are available on this recording. To enable, click the CC button in the bottom right hand corner of the video window.) Chicago…
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August Updates from Chicago Semester

Welcoming Students this Fall We are excited to welcome our Fall 2020 students to Chicago in the coming weeks. This fall we will be utilizing Chicago parks and outdoor spaces for classes and orientation, engaging students in virtual and outdoor fine art events and creating opportunities for internships to be partially completed online. We have…
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Emerging as a Professional

Allison Raddatz ’20, first learned about Chicago Semester when she was a prospective student on a visit to Trinity Christian College (IL). Allison had dreams of attending a school in the city of Chicago, but Trinity’s campus just felt like home. Allison’s admissions counselor told her about Chicago Semester and she loved the idea of…
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Chicago Semester in 2020

Each year Chicago Semester broadens its impact as we serve more students from our growing list of partner colleges and universities. This past year over 125 students embarked on the Chicago Semester experience, emerging as professionals in their chosen fields, pursuing their vocational callings and faithfully engaging their communities. We invite you to share in celebrating their stories by clicking…
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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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