At UChicago, our commitment to building strong, productive partnerships with our neighbors is shared across the whole university.
Every division and school across our university is engaged with our community, in ways large and small. We work to deepen our connections with our neighbors and build new partnerships that will benefit all of us, here on the South Side and throughout Chicago.
We welcome our neighbors’ input and insights into the issues that matter most to our shared communities and understand that ongoing, open dialogue is essential to forming effective collaborations. Our community partners inform our priorities and shape our actions as we work together to create positive change.
Our combined efforts draw upon our strength as an economic anchor and on the power of education, research, and innovation to create real, lasting impact and opportunity, in all communities.
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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.
Illinois institutions like UChicago will "lead the way” in launching quantum internet, Gov. Pritzker tells Quantum Summit
State’s research resources and early focus on emerging quantum technologies offers “enormous opportunities” economically for the South Side, the city of Chicago, and beyond, Pritzker says
2021 Summer Links Application Launches!
Summer Links is a 10-week summer internship program where students are hired by a community program or organization to work as a summer intern. The cohort is made up of students from a range of majors who are committed to public service, community building, and social change.
University of Chicago expanding annual MLK Day of Service to week-long virtual event
Virtual service projects from January 17 – 23 will bridge more than 1,000 students and 13 units across campus with neighboring communities through career and translation services, community workshops, and other events
‘Creating history’: Students interview essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic
UChicago undergraduate students interviewed 48 essential workers, including CTA workers, about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic for a labor studies oral history project. The interviews will be archived in the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center.
Civic Leadership Academy class of 2021 announced
On January 7, 2021, the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) based at the University of Chicago Center for Effective Government (CEG) and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy welcomed its seventh cohort of 30 government and nonprofit leaders selected for its 2021 class.
$8 million commitment from AbbVie to help reduce healthcare disparities for Black communities on Chicago’s South Side
AbbVie's gift will help UChicago Medicine's Urban Health Initiative expand its local team of community health workers, provide more holistic healthcare to South Side residents, and build the capacity of community partner organizations through $250,000 annual grants.
100 Black Men of Chicago
“Being part of the Community Programs Accelerator allows us to move forward on purpose and with intention. We’re planning our next decade, which will be pivotal for us as we focus on what we can become rather than on what we are.” - Carl H. Tutt, Jr., 100 Black Men of Chicago Board President
13th Flow Fitness Studio
Akinwale is the owner of 13th Flow fitness studio, one of 182 small businesses to receive a COVID-19 small business bridge grant from the University of Chicago.
Abraham and Karen Potts
Maroon Tutor Match
“[Tutor Meera Santhanam] really taught him how to study and prepare for testing and, more than that, showed him the value of studying. She’s given him valuable insight into college and what it requires.”
Maroon Tutor Match
“Maroon Tutor Match helped me learn to work with people — not just students and families, but tutors as well — who were very different from me and had different priorities and struggles. Getting a better understanding of where people are coming from is invaluable.”
Alumni Board Connect
Fundraising, strategic planning, serving on the finance committee, acting as board secretary, and helping the company connect with more schools have been some of the tasks Bozzelli has taken on as a board member at Imagination Theater through the Alumni Board Connect program created by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at UChicago’s Booth School of Business.
Collegiate Scholars Program
Asara Milton says the Collegiate Scholars Program, which helped facilitate the Posse Scholarship that will cover her full tuition at Cornell, gave her the confidence she’ll need to thrive on an elite college campus.