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.
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.
University of Chicago partners with Cook County to offer seven weeks of educational content during COVID-19
University of Chicago and Cook County have partnered together to offer seven weeks of curated educational content for the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UChicago expands online library access, book readings to students and families
The University of Chicago is expanding support for its at-home literacy program by providing access to online libraries and virtual readings, allowing students and families to keep building their love of books.
Harris Students Analyze Government Response to Pandemic
Professor Christopher Berry and Associate Professor Anthony Fowler conceived the new class, Government Responses to COVID-19, as a guided research project for students after the pandemic upended their plans to teach in Barcelona.
Building a stronger, more inclusive University of Chicago
President Robert J. Zimmer and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee announce steps to address racism and engage with University of Chicago and South Side communities.
Why the pandemic hits Black, Hispanic household finances harder
A recent paper by University of Chicago economists shows that income shocks—sudden but temporary reductions in income—affect Black and Hispanic households more strongly than their white counterparts, as a result of the persistent racial and ethnic wealth gap in the United States.
Poised for Growth: Harris Policy Labs students help uncover opportunities for investment on Chicago’s West Side
A team of students from UChicago’s Harris School of Public Policy recently worked with local stakeholders on a project aimed at showing potential investors how they can achieve strong returns while catalyzing economic and social impact.
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.”
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.
Civic Leadership Academy
“Where you might not have seen or thought about synergies between organizations, they do actually exist if you dig a little deeper.”