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UChicago Stand Together: New Initiative Helps CPS Students Along the Path to College
The initiative offers specialized help for students from Chicago Public Schools and area charter schools who will now navigate the college search and application process virtually, plus support to community-based organizations with expertise in assisting students on the path to college.
UChicago launches new business accelerator program in Washington Park
Three new retail tenants — ReformedSchool, Hemp Heals Body Shop and Solo Noir — will be the inaugural fellows and occupants of the newly renovated L1 Creative Business Accelerator and retail shop, the latest addition to the University of Chicago’s Arts Block project.
University of Chicago accepting applications for certificate in nonprofit management program
Applications are now being accepted for the Certificate in Nonprofit Management program offered by the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement’s Community Programs Accelerator and School of Social Service Administration (SSA) to help nonprofit professionals in their work to build a stronger South Side.
Report recommends global evaluation process to elevate and encourage community engagement at universities
The report – developed in partnership with The University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, King’s College London, The University of Melbourne and Nous Group – proposes eight Engagement Indicators that would allow universities to measure and elevate their community impact.
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.
Aug 11th, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual Event: Community Business Workshop: Networking for Small Businesses
At this workshop, you’ll learn tips to networking with the goal of creating meaningful connections whether it’s a professional or personal setting. Particpants and workshop leaders will discuss types of networking and where to find opportunities to socialize.
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.