The Modus Vivendi Society

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What is the Modus Vivendi Society?

Modus Vivendi = “Way of Life” in Latin. The phrase signifies an arrangement that helps people work together in relative harmony even if they have opposing views or do not agree with each other.

Members of the Modus Vivendi Society have participated in at least one of our three overnight programs, one offered per quarter. Each overnight program is an interactive, energizing, and unique experience that will help you build leadership skills, engage in meaningful conversations with other UChicago students, and become an advocate for positive change. No activity is the same, so we encourage you to attend more than once!

Any UChicago student, regardless of program or year, can apply for each overnight program. We encourage people of all genders, religious practices, races, etc. to participate. Through a series of carefully crafted application questions, evaluators will gather if applicants are the best target audience for the content of the program. For more information about our target audiences, check the page for each overnight program.

Overnight programs are offered at no cost to attendees* and include transportation off campus to our overnight location, accommodations, and meals.

*To ensure commitment, participants are required to pay a $50 REFUNDABLE deposit. All deposits will be returned / refunded immediately after the program to all students who attend. If the deposit creates a substantial burden please indicate that on the application - this will not impact your chances of being invited to attend. 

Learning Outcomes

Each overnight program is spent participating in interactive activities and small group discussions designed with the following objectives in mind:

  • Working understanding of the Social Change Model of Leadership 
  • Knowledge of campus resources 
  • Understand and respect the values of others 
  • Increased comfort discussing controversial topics with civility 
  • Design a personal plan for creating change on campus through a reflection of personal values

Benefits of Joining

  • Deepen your awareness of personal identity and leadership style
  • Practice engaging in civil discourse
  • Connect with people you may not otherwise interact with - from a wide range of programs, houses, RSOs, and more!
  • Build relationships on campus with other students and faculty / staff facilitators
  • Identify your values and passions
  • Develop leadership competencies
  • Form a plan to make a positive impact on your community

How to Join

The next overnight program is the EXPEDITION, which will take place Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22. Applications are available HERE until January 12. 

Separate applications must be submitted for subsequent Modus Vivendi Society overnight programs since admittance into the EXPEDITION does not guarantee a spot in the RETREAT or CONCLAVE. Information about those application deadlines can be found on the individual program pages on the left. 

Expectations of Society Members

Society members are advocates for civil discourse and meaningful dialogue. With support from their small group leaders, members are expected to carry out the personal action plan developed at our programs, and demonstrate integrity and act as leaders of positive change. Beyond attendance at one of the overnight programs, there are not ongoing tangible expectations of Society members. Although the overnight programs do build in content and no activity is repeated in more than one program, members are not required to progress through the programs, and there is no requirement to attend more than one. There is also an opportunity for current Society members to attend more programs by serving in the role of peer facilitator. 

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