Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
UChicago Crime Lab’s community violence intervention initiative honored at White House
Event highlights first graduates of Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy, focused on reducing gun violenceRead more
Martin Luther King III urges UChicago community: “Stand up for truth; stand up for justice”
At MLK commemoration, the civil rights advocate and global humanitarian recalls family’s legacy and lessons on activismRead more
UChicago symposium connects diverse firms with decision-makers
Now in its 15th year, the Professional Services Symposium provides opportunities for minority- and women-owned businessesRead more
Center for Effective Government debuts Civic Leadership Academy’s 2024 cohort
The new cohort joins a network of more than 270 CLA alumni integral to the civic infrastructure of Chicago.Read more
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.Learn more
Rigorous scholarship is at the heart of everything we do, and our city derives lasting benefits from our innovative ideas and research programs.Learn more
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.Learn more
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 role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local small 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.