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 (RSO), run by students, and are therefore not official University departments or services.
University Support Services
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. There is a confidential advisor on staff who has undergone 40 hours of specialized training regarding sexual misconduct.
Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention Programming Center 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.
The Office for Equal Opportunity Programs provides leadership in specific areas that support this mission, including efforts to address sexual misconduct and discriminatory harassment, ensuring accessibility, and coordinating efforts to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees, applicants, and job seekers.
The Office of the Provost’s Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board is a group of students that meets twice a quarter in order to serve as a liaison between the Office of the Provost and undergraduate, graduate, and professional students regarding sexual misconduct. The purpose of the advisory board is to provide student perspectives and input on policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to sexual misconduct. The advisory board is chaired by the Office for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Support. Staff can be reached by email.
The goal of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Project is to educate students and increase discussion about legal issues surrounding domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA).
Feminist Forum (formerly known as 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. Feminist Forum also does various service projects around Chicago that benefit women.
The University of Chicago has many active LGBTQ student groups. More detailed information about these groups can be found by clicking on the above link.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Greenlight Family Services, formerly called 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.
Resilience (formerly known as 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 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.