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.
UChicago College Advising Corps: a real game-changer
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Women’s Board grant opens Maroon Tutor Match to more South Side students
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Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering programs invite students into the world of STEM
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UCSC's Director Sits Down with Michele Norris to Discuss "The Race Card Project"
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Abraham and Karen Potts
Maroon Tutor Match
Abraham Potts turbocharged his GPA last year, boosting it two full points with the help of a UChicago student tutor. On average, kids in the Maroon Tutor Match program improve a full letter grade in the subject area where they receive affordable, one-on-one tutoring.
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
Neighborhood Schools Program
Working as a teaching assistant in UChicago’s Neighborhood Schools Program convinced Ben Samuels-Kalow ’12 that school should be a place where students are always safe and never bored. This fall, he brought that philosophy to life at Creo College Prep, the charter school he founded in the South Bronx for students in grades 5–8.