Partnering for Impact in Chicago and Beyond
Learn more about Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago
UChicago Poverty Lab and community partners team up on recommendations to slow COVID-19 spread
Enlace Chicago and The Resurrection Project helped create and then implemented some of UChicago Poverty Lab’s policy recommendations, such as communicating in Spanish and making sure people know where to get free testing, regardless of immigration status.
Incoming College students connect with community leaders in virtual Engage Chicago event
During the University Community Service Center-led Engage Chicago Orientation Week event on October 1, more than 1,900 incoming UChicago students got a chance to hear from and speak to local community leaders directly about ways they can make an impact through civic engagement.
Virtual internships help students, employers blossom during COVID-19
Each year, the Metcalf Program provides UChicago College students with more than 3,000 substantive, paid internships all over the world. This year, the University has expanded virtual internship opportunities to support both students and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Local residents learn about UChicago’s return to campus plan during virtual community update
University of Chicago leaders addressed safety protocols, community programs’ impact, and other topics in Thursday night event
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.
Nov 2nd, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Event: Entrepreneurship Essentials - Fundraising For Your Startup
In this session, the Polsky Center will dive into the facts of fundraising. You will learn your fundraising options, the fundraising process, what investors want to see, crafting your financial models, and your revenue projections.
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.