Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
At inaugural South Side Strong Summit, UChicago’s Community Programs Accelerator helps nonprofits forge connections, sharpen skills, and deepen impact
More than 30 Nonprofits Welcomed into Accelerator’s 2022 Cohort with Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and Ladies of Virtue Each Receiving $50,000Read more
Local seniors find new ways to help one another with support from Chicago Hyde Park Village and UChicago’s Community Programs Accelerator
As one of the first community organizations served by the Accelerator, older adult support network CHPV continues launching strategic new initiatives to keep local seniors connected and engagedRead more
UChicago accepting applications to Public Safety Advisory Council through May 27
Public Safety Advisory Council will provide feedback to University leaders on priorities and policiesRead more
Chicago is launching the largest guaranteed income program in the U.S. UChicago’s Inclusive Economy Lab will help tell the story.
And the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab, will evaluate how the Chicago Resilient Communities Pilot worked, suggest improvements, and share the program’s impact in participants’ own words.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.