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Cause Magazine • Special University Supplement


Michelle Obama, also worked for the University, founding the University of Chicago Community Service Center, and later serving as the Vice President of External Affairs for the University of Chicago. Diversity


UC works at diversifying its faculty, student body, and staff, and in creating a climate that is welcoming of all individuals regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, or disability.


Leading in the Sciences


It was at Chicago that REM sleep was discovered and carbon 14 dating was developed. “Our scientists laid the mathematical foundations of genetic evolution; executed the first controlled, self- sustaining nuclear chain reaction; conceived the study of black holes; and performed the nation’s first living-donor liver transplant.” Winning Awards and Accolades “Eighty-one recipients of the Nobel Prize have been students, researchers, or faculty here. Since 1979, 12 of Chicago’s faculty have been honored with the prize—three in physics, eight in eco- nomics, and one in literature. Our creative writers and scholars have recently won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Medal of Science, the Grammy award, and the MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, among other major awards. Even undergraduates have the opportunity to study with a Nobel laureate here.” Crossing Boundaries “At Chicago, campus and community are interconnected in partnerships that serve both to support the community and train future policymakers, social workers, artists, and social and politi- cal leaders. The University of Chicago Charter School, run by the Center for Urban School Improvement, serves Chicago pub- lic school students with four campuses for students in pre-kinder- garten through high school. The Mandel Legal Aid Clinic teach- es Law School students advocacy skills, professional ethics, and the effect of legal institutions on the poor, while assisting indigent clients. While the University of Chicago contributes specifically to the metropolis, the city in turn serves as a living laboratory for addressing social issues on a national and global scale.” UC believes that rigorous inquiry demands diverse perspec- tive. UC opened its door to women and minorities from the very beginning, a time when they seldom had access to other leading uni- versities. It was the first major university to enroll women on an equal basis with men, as well as the first major, predominantly white university to offer a black professor a tenured position, in 1947. President Barak Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago for 12 years, from 1992 until his election to the United States Senate in 2004. His wife, First Lady


“Diversity helps students confront perspectives other than their own and thus to think more vigorously and imaginatively; it helps students learn to relate better to persons from different backgrounds; it helps students become better citizens. The edu- cational benefits of student diversity include the discovery that there is a broad range of viewpoint and experience within any given minority community—as well as learning that certain imag- ined differences at times turn out to be only skin deep. On the basis of both research and personal experience, we believe that classes of students from diverse backgrounds, taught by faculty of varied backgrounds, will create a richer and better educational experience. Productive intellectual exchange depends not only on the intelligence and talent of individual students, but also on the experiences and values they bring to the table. Homogeneity per- petuates unchallenged assumptions—the very antithesis of what the University stands for.” --Ken Warren Deputy Provost for Research & Minority Issues.


Arts & Culture


The University of Chicago has also made significant contri- butions to the arts. It is also the birthplace of improvisational comedy, and is home to museums, theater, concerts, and lectures. With more than 300 campus student organizations for graduate and undergraduate students, there is always a multitude of activ- ities and events on campus. Plus of course, the wealth of attrac- tions that the city of Chicago has to offer.


In 2007, the University of Chicago received a $35 million donation to be used toward the construction of the Reva and David Logan Center for Creative and Performing Arts. This new arts center "will be a venue for the artistic expression and multidisciplinary inquiry, performance and production of our faculty and students."


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