At the University of Chicago, the people and places that surround our campus are among our most valuable resources, enriching the UChicago community and enabling the intellectual work undertaken by our students and scholars. In turn, the University devotes campus resources to engage and enhance the city we call home, particularly our neighboring communities on the mid-South Side.

This practice of civic engagement — the exchange of resources between the University and its surrounding communities — has been part of UChicago’s DNA since its founding in the 1890s. Today, we have a sustained, conscious commitment to this engagement.

Through a variety of programs and collaborations, we are expanding education, advancing urban research, and spurring innovation. As an anchor for nearby neighborhoods, we aim to be a consistent and reliable partner in catalyzing economic growth, engaging arts and culture, and improving public health and safety resources to support strong communities.

A deep commitment to diversity is central to our mission of discovery.

Four areas of impact.