Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
Surprise ceremony welcomes student into University of Chicago's incoming class
Chicago high school student Arturo Ballesteros, a member of the Collegiate Scholars Program, recently learned of his acceptance into the University of Chicago at a surprise ceremony at Back of the Yards College Prep, where his parents and teachers were present to celebrate with him.
Living the legacy: making careers in medicine accessible to South Side youth
Founded 1995, the Provident Foundation provides education, opportunities, and access to the medical industry to youth of color on Chicago’s South Side.
Panel brings educators together to share strategies for success
A group of educators, policymakers, and advocates convened at the University of Chicago Thursday to discuss ways to improve student outcomes and level the playing field in Chicago Public Schools.
Urban America Forward convenes leaders to explore local solutions to racial and economic exclusion
A diverse group of more than 80 city, community development, policy, business, and philanthropic leaders from across the country convened at the University of Chicago Tuesday and Wednesday to explore strategies to improve equity and inclusive growth in urban communities.
We are committed to building on the University’s position as the South Side’s leading economic anchor and making a strong, lasting contribution to Chicago's economic health.
Rigorous scholarship is at the heart of everything we do, and our city derives lasting benefits from our innovative ideas and research programs.
UChicago is a champion for quality PreK-12 education for students throughout Chicago, and our educational outreach programs help to put youth on the path to successful, productive adult lives.
Our areas of focus
Through research, evidence-based programming, and direct service, UChicago is working with community partners on the South Side and beyond to build safer communities, save lives, and heal traumatic emotional wounds inflicted by violence.
We demonstrate our commitment to urban education by developing and investing in programs and initiatives that serve children from pre-K through high school and by working with teachers and principals to improve our city’s school system.
UChicago is committed to promoting health equity and improving access to care on the South Side, so all residents have the opportunity to thrive.
Economic Opportunity and Entrepreneurship
We leverage UChicago’s financial resources and expertise to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local businesses.
To strengthen Chicago’s civic infrastructure, we offer community-based training for emerging leaders and help to build local organizations’ capacity to grow, thrive, and achieve their missions.
Arts and Culture
As a partner in the South Side’s rich and storied arts community, we work to provide cultural opportunities, resources, and programs that reflect our community, resonate across the city, and are renowned around the world.
Learn more about our programs and initiatives
UChicago’s programs directly serve thousands of people each year, extending a wide range of university resources to our neighboring communities and the city as a whole.
The Office of Civic Engagement fosters UChicago’s university-wide approach to civic engagement and serves as a gateway to the South Side and the city, connecting the University to our neighbors.