The Office of Civic Engagement supports the University’s engagement in five main ways:


Advancing New Urban Initiatives

OCE brings together University and civic interests and resources to advance new collaborations across the four areas of impact: anchoring, education, research, and innovation. In recent years, these collaborations have led to the development and launch of initiatives, including the Chicago Innovation Exchange, UChicago Local, and the Community Programs Accelerator.

Fostering Active Community Engagement

OCE fosters greater transparency and open dialogue between the University and our greater community through open forums and regular contact with neighborhood residents, local leaders, and community organizations.

Supporting Civic and Community Programming 

OCE manages the youth outreach and college-readiness programs of UChicago Promise, including: Collegiate Scholars, Neighborhood Schools, Jumpstart, and Upward Bound. OCE also supports a network of over 150 community and civic programs led by groups from across the University.

Promoting Local, State, and Federal Relations

OCE represents University activities and promotes the University’s perspective to the City of Chicago and county and state entities, as well as to the White House, executive branch agencies, members of Congress, and local and national opinion and policy leaders.

Facilitating Meaningful Connections

OCE supports a robust exchange between members of the University community and the nonprofit, public, corporate, philanthropic, and broader civic sectors. For example: connecting faculty and external groups interested in research collaborations, assisting civic organizations in hosting student interns, and helping individuals navigate resources within the University.