SLI Capstone Projects

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Below is a list of previously funded group projects through the Student Leadership Institute. Special appreciation is given to the Dean's Fund for funding projects from 2012 - 2015.


  • Money Matters – improving financial literacy through community partnerships, including presentations given by UChicago alums
  • Accessibility Week – a week-long programming calendar to raise awareness and introduce students to various sub-topics of accessibility
  • Arts in Schools – emphasizing the importance of Arts Education through targeted after-school programs in the Hyde Park/Woodlawn community
  • College Day – introducing CPS students to the University of Chicago through school visits and on-campus tours and panels


  • CommuniMatch – building a volunteer matching website to connect student volunteers and non-profit organizations
  • H.Y.P.E. – Hyde Park Youth Political Engagement gives presentations at local schools about engaging in local government and then sponsors a meeting for interested students at those schools to make a plan for action
  • Chicago Mentoring Program – matching incoming first-year College students with rising second years who will serve as mentors for the academic year
  • South Side Business Month – offering rewards and prizes for visiting partner businesses in the community
  • Stress-Free Zone – series of mental health awareness seminars, offered once per quarter for three quarters


  • Life-Skills Series – autumn quarter program aimed at first-year College students about finances, health, fitness, and nutrition
  • Jazz Festival – what was proposed as a fall festival to bring the UChicago and Woodlawn communities together was approved as an initiative to build UChicago engagement with the annual Hyde Park event
  • Pay it Forward – a series of “micro-events” to create a culture of performing random acts of kindness around campus


  • Student Self-Defense Training – an interactive training on the Quad about self-defense and empowerment.
  • Explore More: Chicago – Saturday evening shuttle buses to different Chicago neighborhoods, with handouts detailing places to see / visit /dine/shop in the area.


  • Farmer’s Market – arranged transportation to visit a local Farmer’s Market.
  • H.O.M.E. – working with Admissions to better connect prospective students and their hosts.
  • Taste of Hyde Park – late-night study break on Bartlett Quad featuring restaurants found in the Hyde Park area.


  • UChicago Life Skills – a series of workshops featuring “practical skill development” for students: cooking, finding an apartment, personal finance, etc.
  • International Experience – an afternoon where cultural RSOs host an international fair for local high school students.
  • We Want to Write a Book – what started as an idea of publishing a book of traditions, etc about UChicago turned into the design of a “giveaway” which would be sent to all recent graduates of the institution.


  • Quadriculture – a series of social, community-building programs through the Spring Quarter on the Main Quads.
  • Maroon Plaza – an online marketplace for student organizations to advertise their fundraisers on campus.
  • Explore Hyde Park – a day (similar to First Fridays/Weekends) in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce where Hyde Park vendors offered discounts and/or free giveaways for University students.

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