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.
University of Chicago Community Safety Leadership Academies host first cohort of rising police leaders from over 20 departments across America
Police leaders begin six-month leadership and management education program designed to improve community safety and reduce violence
Chicago Booth grad helps underrepresented startup founders find success
Lily Xu, ’13, says the lessons she learned from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and from her father prepared her for the ups and downs of founding her own beauty-technology startup.
Public Safety Advisory Council to conduct community survey
Since last year, council representatives from various stakeholder groups within the University and South Side communities have met to outline plans for future work, which include a comprehensive community public safety survey.
Chicago Public Schools student Chris Deng pursues internet equity with University of Chicago faculty
Neubauer Professor Nick Feamster mentored high school student Chris Deng through a year-long research study on Internet equity across Chicago Public Schools.
Phoenix Poets Literary Festival engages students with South Side literary community
The University of Chicago Press and the Creative Writing Program celebrated National Poetry Month with a three day program.
Q & A: Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, Founding Director of UChicago Medicine’s Level 1 Trauma Center
Selwyn O. Rogers Jr., MD, MPH, Professor of Surgery and founding director of UChicago Medicine’s trauma center, discusses how his team is caring for the community, preventing violence and hope to reduce trauma.
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.