THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO FIRST YEAR STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ENGAGE
Students sat intently and listened to Greg Mason, the principal of Murray Language Academy, talk about how they, as students at the University of Chicago, could work with the students at Murray.
“You all come and do amazing work with our students, it always exciting to have you engage. Some of the content that you
all bring is just amazing,” Mason told the students.
working to strengthen their communities. As an urban research institution, the University is in a unique position to connect
our students to meaningful ways to learn from, thoughtfully engage with, and contribute to their new city and we’re excited
that so many incoming students got a chance to take that first step through this event,” Shaz Rasul, our executive director
of Education Partnerships and our interim director of the University Community Service Center, said in a statement.
room with the first-year students talking about the community and answering the students’ questions.
hub, works with the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory to help build water innovation in the city.
“For newcomers to Chicago, our lake and our rivers are not always something they are aware of before they come and
they’re just these incredible resources. I am always excited to talk to students about water and get them excited to the potential to do career and volunteering work to help water stewardship,” she said.
their curiosity is sparked and provoked to understand the city’s water challenges. Currie wanted to participate in the student
orientation because he does different things in the Hyde Park community. One of those things is recruiting people to activate the blocks. Currie wanted to get the students while their minds are fresh to understand what it is going on.
acclimated to life in Hyde Park. I think we helped them to feel comfortable. This is something that is really benefitting their
experience,” he said.
Texas and Martinez is from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
University, and that as students there are ways to improve the University in the next four years.
Chicago itself. We’re in a place of privilege being accepted to this school and I think that it’s really important that we recognize
that and we do something good for the world in general,” Martinez said.
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