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Center for College Student Success

The Center for College Student Success (CCSS) empowers First-Generation, Lower-Income, and Immigrant (FLI) students in the College, providing resources and tools that promote student success, and programming and community events that build positive self-identity and a sense of belonging.

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Our University is committed to excellence based on the strength of each individual’s ideas, regardless of status, identity or perspective. Our diverse campus is enriched by our students, staff and scholars who have come from other nations, including those with undocumented immigration status or who qualify for relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

We firmly believe that every member of our community is entitled to participate in scholarly, professional and personal pursuits at the University. We recognize that individuals who are not United States citizens face distinctive challenges, and the University is committed to supporting them in numerous ways.

CCSS is dedicated to supporting undergraduate students with issues related to their immigration status and can be a helpful starting point.

The FLI Network connects students, faculty, administrators, and alumni who identify as first-generation, low-income, or immigrant (regardless of immigration status), and allies with the goal of creating a community of support.  An initiative co-sponsored by CCSS and Student Support Services, the FLI Network creates opportunities for members to learn from one another. It fosters a sense of belonging, inclusion, and resilience in students in order to help them succeed at the University of Chicago.

The Maroon Mentors program connects incoming first-generation, low-income, and/or immigrant (FLI) students with peer upperclassmen mentors. Through weekly informal check-ins, sponsored programs and outings, our mentor families help each other navigate the College environment, providing support and resources to successfully adapt and transition to college life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, please email CCSS Director Devon Moore at devonmoore@uchicago.edu to learn more about options that are available to help. Students will receive information and advising particular to their individual situations, including eligibility for CCSS resources and other campus and local resources.

Emergency Funding is available through the Bursar's Emergency Financial Assistance programs.

Students seeking financial support for medical care received through the UChicago hospital should review the guidelines for the UChicago Medicine Financial Assistance program.

CCSS also offers resources for students experiencing difficulties with food access, including vouchers to Hyde Park Produce and Jewel Osco.To make a request for these resources, please visit bit.ly/FoodSecurityUChicago. You will receive a follow-up email from CCSS after completing the form.

Student Coordinators
Student coordinators are the first friendly faces you will see as you walk into CCSS, and they ensure the office remains a safe, welcoming environment for everyone. They are knowledgeable about all the resources and upcoming events CCSS has, so do not hesitate to ask them questions or for assistance.

  • Dinah Clottey
  • Alex Duarte
  • Josselyn Navas
  • Esela Segbefia
  • Eseme Segbefia

Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board gives feedback on CCSS events and initiatives, and generates ideas for new areas of support and advocacy.

  • Jess Mora, Co-Chair
  • Carlos Olivares, Co-Chair
  • Chase Leito
  • Diego Quesada
  • Heather Weller

The Odyssey Scholars Community Fellows (OSCFs) are the voice of Odyssey Scholars’ experiences on campus, and work to find solutions and resources to meet their current needs and priorities. They also link students, staff, and faculty across campus in order to continue fostering affinity and inclusion. The OSCFs design programming that creates advocacy, community, rapport, and support among Odyssey Scholars. They will also promote all of the University of Chicago resources available to them. Please email CCSS Assistant Director José L. Rodríguez at jlrodriguez@uchicago.edu with any questions about the OSCF program.

You belong here and are a vital part of the UChicago community, but we know it can sometimes feel otherwise. Connecting with students from similar backgrounds can be a great way to find your "home away from home."

These RSOs may be of particular interest to first-generation and lower-income students:

The Spring Break Meal Program provides access to free, healthful meal options as well as opportunities for students to build community over spring break. 

Priority for meals will be given to students facing food insecurity during the break, but community events are open to all students. Students who are unsure about their eligibility are encouraged to apply. The application involves a few questions about your personal situation, availability for pick-ups, and food preferences.

Program Details:

  • Meals are available for pick-up between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. or by appointment at the Center for Identity + Inclusion 
  • Breakfast and lunch options: no-cook items such as overnight oats, salads, and sandwiches
  • Dinner options: you will select up to five fresh chef-quality meals that only require microwave heating

CCSS Community Events - open to all undergraduates over spring break

  • Springing Into Brunch!  Tuesday, March 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the CCSS Lounge, HM W406
  • Meal Prep Workshop. Thursday, March 26, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Identity + Inclusion, 5710 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Contact devonmoore@uchicago.edu or 773.702.4537 with any questions.

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