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.
Annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count gives UChicago students the opportunity to pitch in and gain new perspectives
UChicago students volunteer alongside South Side community partners to support Chicago’s annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count, which provides crucial data on people experiencing homelessness across the city.
2020 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 community building and social change.
Office of Special Programs Increases Student Confidence Through STEM Internships
Julio Ramirez reflects on the growth he’s experienced with help from the Office of Special Programs and how it has turned him into a more confident and prepared student.
Surprise ceremony welcomes student into University of Chicago's incoming class
Chicago high school student Arturo Ballesteros, a member of the Collegiate Scholars Program, recently learned of his acceptance into the University of Chicago at a surprise ceremony and celebration at Back of the Yards College Prep.
UCSC's Director Sits Down with Michele Norris to Discuss "The Race Card Project"
In 2010, former NPR journalist Michele Norris founded The Race Card Project, starting conversations about race in America by asking participants to articulate their observations and experiences of race into only six words.
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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.” -Akanksha Shah '17
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.”
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.”
“I was elated to find something like Polsky on the South Side. Nothing against other incubators, but you want to be in your community.”
“College Bridge is a world-class opportunity, and it can be game-changing for your future.”