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.
Twins Bound for Ivy League after UChicago College Readiness Programs
This fall, two South Side twins and graduates of the University of Chicago college readiness and access programs led by the Office of Civic Engagement are bound for Princeton and Yale. Between the...
Congratulations to our 2018-19 Community Impact Award Winners
On June 7, 2019, the University of Chicago University Community Service Center (UCSC) hosted its Annual Community Impact Awards and Socially Conscious Social. It was an afternoon of fun, networking...
Leaders of women and minority-owned firms discuss transformative opportunities
The Office of Business Diversity recently celebrated a decade of success in connecting women and minority-owned firms with key decision makers at the University of Chicago. What began in 2009 as...
Neighborhood Schools Program celebrates another highly engaged school year at annual reception and awards ceremony
With more than 400 active University of Chicago students participating in Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP) this school year, there was much to celebrate at NSP's annual reception and awards cerem...
Polsky Small Business Growth Program helps strengthen businesses that strengthen neighborhoods
It seemed to Omar Kamran that fast-food gigs were the only jobs available to young people in his South Side neighborhood of Chicago Lawn— so in 2017, he and a partner co-founded Magnolia Screen Pri...
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.” -Baronica Roberson
“University of Chicago projects are excellent job opportunities … it’s great to be able to work locally and live locally.” -Camille McKenzie
Neighborhood Schools Program
“As an NSP volunteer, I felt that I was in classrooms to build relationships with students and teachers and schools. It’s all about those 35 kids and what they need, whether that means helping a teacher prep curriculum work, grading papers, or working with a student one-on-one.” -Claire Sampson '19
“I had always heard that working for a hospital would be a good environment for me, so I took a leap of faith. Now I’m dealing with the public in a much more important way, and I like that the kitchen is full of life, with lots of people coming through: staff, chefs, managers, nurses.” - Corey Scott
Austin Coming Together
“Because of CLA we have access to others with different backgrounds and expertise and from different kinds of institutions. That social capital network is a huge asset.” -Darnell Shields