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Center for Urban Engagement (CUE)

The Center for Urban Engagement (CUE) exists to promote just, sustainable, and flourishing urban communities through the academic study of cities and transformational experiences of urban life.

CUE’s vision is to provide leadership for a just, sustainable, and flourishing urban future. Through academic programs, research, events, and partnerships in Chicago and beyond, CUE at Wheaton College educates students for lives of leadership and service in our increasingly urban world.

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CUE’s vision is to provide leadership for a just, sustainable, and flourishing urban future.

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The Aequitas Program in Urban Leadership (the Aequitas Program) is a four-year, cohort-based, experiential program that educates Wheaton College students to promote just, sustainable, and flourishing urban communities through academic study, experiential learning, immersion programs, and Christian service.

Through a combination of coursework and internships, Wheaton in Chicago (WIC) presents students with the opportunity to spend a semester living and learning in Chicago, one of the world's most diverse and influential global cities. All WIC students explore the meaning of vocation through our Civitas program, which examines the call to Christ, community, career, and justice.

The Urban Studies major helps students develop a sophisticated grasp of cities and their role in global affairs, as the Urban Studies minor complements many other programs of study.

The CUE Scholars' Corner is a colloquium series for our Core and Supporting Faculty.

Lectures and other events allow our community of faculty, staff, and students to hear from distinguished scholars and practitioners.

Contact CUE or our co-sponsoring departments and programs for more information about our programs in partnership.

People and Places

CUE is a community of faculty, staff, students, and advisors with experience in Chicago and in cities around the world. CUE has facilities on the main campus of Wheaton College and in Chicago. The Center will partner with other organizations for events and programs around the world.

Dr. Noah Toly, Wheaton College Center for Urban Engagement Director

Core Faculty & Staff

CUE Core Faculty and Staff are primarily appointed in Urban Studies and have joint appointments in other departments.

Dr. Vince Bacote

Supporting Faculty

CUE is supported by a community of scholars and advisors from every academic division. These faculty support CUE's mission and interdisciplinary programming through their teaching and research.

Rebecca King

Community Engagement Council

CUE programs are supported by community advisors from Wheaton College, Chicago, and beyond.

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The Center's main office is on the 2nd Floor of Memorial Student Center (with the Department of Politics & International Relations) on the main campus of Wheaton College.

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Wheaton College Chicago Facility, Malden St., Uptown,* Chicago, Illinois

CUE operates Chicago-based programs from a recently renovated facility in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, one of the city's most diverse communities. Our building includes student apartments, a staff apartment, an office, and a classroom. 

*Wheaton in Chicago will be relocating to the Woodlawn neighborhood in May 2018.

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Partner facilities and event-specific facilities as needed

CUE will partner with organizations and programs throughout the world in order to advance the academic study of cities and transformational experiences of urban life.

OnCUE Blog

OnCUE is the blog of the Center for Urban Engagement at Wheaton College.

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Slavery, Salvation, and Song: The Reception and Legacy of the Spiritual

Join us on January 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm in Edman Chapel, as we explore the rich religious and cultural heritage of the African American spiritual. Distinguished guests will join Wheaton College faculty for a wide-ranging exploration of the music and themes -- bondage and freedom, struggle and survival, and hope for deliverance -- of these treasured songs, a discussion of their influence, and a reflection on what the church and country can learn from them today.

You are invited to stay for the following Artist Series events later that evening:

GraceNotes - 6:30 pm, Edman Chapel

American Spiritual Ensemble - 7:30 pm, Edman Chapel

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