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 role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local small 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.
Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs Derek Douglas leaving University July 29
On June 6, University of Chicago President Paul Alivisatos announced that Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs Derek Douglas would be leaving his role, effective July 29.
A new way to teach math
The winner of this year’s Edwardson SNVC, together.science, uses digital tools to help students learn math in a simple, intuitive way.
Open Quantum Initiative Undergraduate Fellowship allows students to join quantum research labs around the Midwest, planting the seeds for a diverse and inclusive quantum workforce
More than a dozen college students from underrepresented backgrounds will be spending the summer conducting quantum information science and engineering research in labs across the Midwest thanks to the Open Quantum Initiative Undergraduate Fellowship.
To understand Juneteenth, a UChicago alum seeks to solve a historical puzzle
Four decades and much painstaking archival research later, University of Chicago alum Edward T. Cotham Jr. uncovers the heart of Juneteenth in his book, Juneteenth: The Story Behind the Celebration.
Changemakers gather for social impact
The 2022 On Board Chicago conference hosted by the Chicago Booth’s Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation discusses how nonprofits and foundations scale innovative solutions in Chicago, how you can succeed as part of a nonprofit board, and what the best strategies to approach diversity and inclusion are.
Small Business Spotlight: With Taylor’s Tacos, West Coast street food finds West Side community
Los Angeles' ubiquitous street tacos inspired Taylor Mason to launch Taylor's Tacos along with her wife, Maya Mason. The business, an alum of the Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth Program, includes a catering service, taco truck, and event space.
Marshall Hatch Jr., The MAAFA Redemption Project
Tammera L. Holmes, AeroStar Avion Institute
University of Chicago Community Support Initiative
Janice Jackson, Chicago Public Schools
Boyede Sobitan, Oja Express
Camille McKenzie, Turner Construction Chicago
Partnering for Community Impact
Jackie Dyess, Inter-City Supply
Juan Carlos Ocon, Benito Juarez Community Academy
Community Programs Accelerator: Five Years Forward
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.”
Chicago Booth Civic Scholars Program
For Aleena Agrawal, a Chicago Booth MBA is a road map for changing the world. In her job as Director of Talent Solutions at P33, a nonprofit devoted to building a more diverse and inclusive technology ecosystem in Chicago, Agrawal aims to drive systems-level change.