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Student Services

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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Upcoming Events

  • Walk-in Wednesdays Begin

    Wednesday, Oct. 9

    2:30-4:30 p.m., Harper Memorial Library W406

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

    Tuesday, Oct. 15

    3:30-5 p.m., Harper Memorial Library W406

  • Midterms Study Break

    Thursday, Oct. 24

    2:30-4:30 p.m., Harper Memorial Library W406

View the CCSS Autumn Quarter Calendar of Events

Support

Connect with campus communities and create your support network.

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.

  • For more information about the program, contact CCSS Assistant Director Talaya LeGette at tlegette@uchicago.edu.

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. Options include an emergency loan from the College up to $500.

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.

  • Alex Duarte
  • Janet Gao
  • Lisette Gonzalez-Flores
  • Linnea Lungstrom
  • Bere Martinez
  • 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
  • Elly Choi
  • Eden Gebremeskel
  • Claire Handa
  • Chase Leito
  • Amy Maldonado
  • Christian Porras
  • Diego Quesada
  • Janko Stojadinovic
  • Heather Weller
  • Jocelyn Zheng

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:

Schedule a meeting with a CCSS team member

Center Resources

These resources are available to undergraduate students and can be accessed throughout the academic year and summer.

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