Uchicago Basketball Teams Engage With Nearly 1,000 South Side Students


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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Janice Jackson, Chicago Public Schools
Boyede Sobitan, founder of the the OjaExpress app
Boyede Sobitan, Oja Express
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Camille McKenzie, Turner Construction Chicago
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Partnering for Community Impact
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Jackie Dyess, Inter-City Supply
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Juan Carlos Ocon, Benito Juarez Community Academy
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Community Programs Accelerator: Five Years Forward
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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

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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.”

Akanksha Shah student
Akanksha Shah
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.”

Baronica Robeson
Baronica Roberson
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.”

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Ben Samuels-Kalow
Neighborhood Schools Program

“I learned at NSP that I wanted to do this work. And I developed the base instinct that informs Creo: School should be a place where students are always safe and never bored.”

Boyede Sobitan, founder of the the OjaExpress app
Boyede Sobitan

“I was elated to find something like Polsky on the South Side. Nothing against other incubators, but you want to be in your community.”

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