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Ways to Get Involved

The following are student groups and other organizations that have involvement opportunities for students interested in gender relations and sexual violence information. It is important to note that while the on-campus resources are affiliated with the University, some are Recognized Student Organizations, run by students, and are therefore not official University departments or services. 

On Campus

University Support Services


Student Counseling Service

In addition to regular counseling services and crisis counseling, SCS offers a 10-week support group program for students who are survivors of sexual violence.

RSVP

Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention has a program in which students can get involved to help prevent gender-based violence on campus. Visit their site to find out about the training and peer education opportunities.

Peer-to-Peer Groups


Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE), UChicago Chapter

The UChicago chapter of CAASE aims to engage the campus community in efforts to eliminate sexual exploitation in Chicago.

Gender, Activism, Learning, and Service

GALS is an academic discussion group that holds weekly workshops centered around a quarterly theme dealing with various issues of women’s rights, gender identity, and feminism. GALS also does various service projects around Chicago that benefit women.

Peer Health Exchange at UChicago

Peer Health Exchange gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. Members do this by training college student volunteers to teach a comprehensive, fact-based health education curriculum in Chicago Public Schools.

Phoenix Survivor Alliance

PSA is a peer-led organization of student survivors and allies who work, research, and collaborate to provide information, advocacy, and peer support to survivors of sexual violence at UChicago.

Queers & Associates

Queers & Associates is a group for LGBTQ students and allies, dedicated to creating a welcoming queer community through activism, events, social activities, and discussion of issues relevant to queer life.

Queers United In Power

The purpose of Queers United in Power is to engage the UChicago student body in LGBTQ-related activism, advocacy, and social justice work.

Student Government

Student Government is about connecting students with each other, the administration, and resources that exist on campus to further dialogue, knowledge, and increase the well-being of students. In 2014, SG set up an annual Sexual Assault Awareness Fund.

Tea Time and Sex Chats

Tea Time and Sex Chats hosts a series of 15 guided discussions per year, covering a variety of topics including consent, communication during sex, safe sex, and sex positivity.

The UChicago Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project at UChicago is part of a larger national project that aims to help survivors share their experiences anonymously, displaying their stories on shirts to foster visibility and awareness in the UChicago community. Survivors may submit a story for an artist to depict or they may create the shirt themselves.

Women and Youth Supporting Each Other

WYSE is a national mentoring organization which empowers young women with the information and resources they need to make healthy, informed decisions and become leaders in their communities.

In Chicago

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation

CAASE envisions a community free from all forms of sexual exploitation, including sexual assault and the commercial sex trade. Through prevention, policy reform, community engagement, and legal services, they address the culture, institutions, and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation.

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

ICASA is a not-for-profit corporation of 29 community-based sexual assault crisis centers working together to end sexual violence. Each center provides 24-hour crisis intervention services, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual assault and their significant others.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción

Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives.

Porchlight Counseling

Porchlight Counseling Services exists to help college sexual assault survivors achieve healing and wholeness and to create a world in which a person’s life is not defined by the devastating experience of sexual assault. They provide counseling, advocacy, and other services to college students, regardless of gender, who were sexually assaulted during college. They also provide services to adults who are no longer in college but who were assaulted while they were in college or graduate school.

Rape Victim Advocates

RVA works to assure that survivors of sexual assault are treated with dignity and compassion and to affect changes in the way the legal system, medical institutions and society as a whole respond to survivors.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is committed to providing women with the support and tools needed to transform their lives, be confident in their choices and make valuable contributions to their communities. The YWCA hosts the Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline.