The Community & Economic Development Organization is a collaborative student organization between the School of Social Service Administration and the Harris School of Public Policy dedicated to promoting community awareness and activities that foster sustainability and improves the quality of life in underserved neighborhoods.
Our vision for CEDO is clear. It begins with putting the "SERVICE" back into social service and going "PUBLIC" with community and economic policy impacting underserved families and communities, particularly our neighbors in the area of the University of Chicago. With co-chairs and CEDO members working together, we will build more activism into CEDO's repertoire.
We envision a forum in which members actively target and present social justice, public policy and economic issues that they have identified through their internships, practicum, or work experience. We then challenge our members to collectively analyze the issues, make informed decisions and consequently act as change agents by linking CEDO with new and far-reaching community endeavors. Through this process we will simultaneously create new and experienced student leaders and professionals for CEDO and the real world.
As we engage CEDO members through a variety of community and economic development activities, it is our hope that everyone who participates in a CEDO event leaves with a greater knowledge of Chicago and an understanding of how community and economic development impacts the vitality of a city, its neighborhoods, and its people.
"Where you stand determines what you see.
...what you see determines where you stand."