Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
After an unprecedented year, Chicago Public Schools students graduating from UChicago college readiness programs prepare for their next chapters
This year, all 77 graduates of UChicago's Office of Civic Engagement’s college readiness and access programs were admitted to post-secondary institutions, receiving a total of $13 million in financial aid.
Training the next generation to tackle health disparities and community violence
Medical Careers Exposure and Emergency Preparedness program at UChicago Medicine, students learn to be leaders who have practical skills to intervene when violence happens, along with social and behavioral skills to help stop violence in their communities.
Neighborhood Schools Program supports South Side students, teachers, and families during remote learning
UChicago's Neighborhood Schools Program has worked closely with partner sites in recent months to optimize remote learning however possible, including through Jumpstart and Maroon Tutor Match.
Chicago Urban League and University of Chicago Booth School of Business partner to create IMPACT that endures
Chicago’s first leadership development program specifically for African American professionals, created in partnership with Chicago Booth, is training the next generation of civic and corporate leaders.
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.
Jun 22nd, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Inclusive Economy Talks: In Conversation with Amanda Cage
Join UChicago Urban Labs for another installment in a series of conversations with community members about what an inclusive economy looks like, and how we get there.
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.