Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
After expanding from annual one-day event, MLK Jr. Week of Service brings campus and community together virtually
Students, faculty, and staff from more than 13 campus units participated in service projects including translation for local immigrant populations, resume reviews, and more.
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering course offers STEM pathway for City Colleges students
Students also receive advising around college readiness and admissions to help them prepare for transfer to four-year colleges, plus a $1,500 stipend.
Polsky’s Pandemic Pivot: Supporting entrepreneurs with virtual programming in a challenging time
During the pandemic, more than 12,000 entrepreneurs have attended Polsky Center virtual events. All community members, whether or not they have a University of Chicago connection, can take advantage of many of Polsky’s free online services.
New class of Collegiate Scholars helps readiness program reach largest ever enrollment
It looks a little different in the remote era, but with its just-admitted cohort, the Collegiate Scholars Program is supporting more high-achieving CPS high school students than ever
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.
Feb 25th, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Black Experience in the Field of Economics
Join a community of Black economists for a discussion on the Black experience in economics: entering and progressing within the discipline, the academy’s racial and cultural blind spots, and what the future brings for Black economists.
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.