Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
UChicago student organizations build community connections while teaching lifelong lessons
RSOs, ecognized student organizations, are one of the many ways that the learning experience at UChicago extends beyond classroom walls. Some of the University’s most innovative, enduring RSOs were created by students with a vision of driving social change through direct service to the community.
Notes on leadership: Chicago Civic Leadership Exchange kicks off with lessons from a pop-up choir
Leaders and alumni of nine wide-ranging Chicago civic leadership development programs were invited to the Arts Bank to take part in a “pop-up choir,” an innovative leadership workshop hosted and led by the University of Chicago.
Annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count gives UChicago students the opportunity to pitch in and gain new perspectives
UChicago students volunteer alongside South Side community partners to support Chicago’s annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which provides crucial data on people experiencing homelessness across the city.
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 and celebration at Back of the Yards College Prep.
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.