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.
Polsky Small Business Circles connect entrepreneurs during challenging times
After the Polsky Center launched a virtual Small Business Bootcamp to help business owners take action on pressing issues during the pandemic, Small Business Circles were born to give entrepreneurs a place to converse and connect with each other.
Picturing the possibilities at PME: UChicago Collegiate Scholars get a virtual introduction to molecular engineering
For the first time, Collegiate Scholars Program classes were taught virtually, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering's Introduction to Molecular Engineering course where students learned through at-home projects like building circuits.
Apply Now: Seeds of Justice 2020-21
Apply through October 5th to be part of the UCSC's year-long civic engagement leadership development program.
How the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted demand in the gig economy
A new poll from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy shows that while the use of ride-hailing transportation services has plummeted since the coronavirus outbreak, many Americans continue to use grocery delivery services despite safety concerns.
New track will prepare students for law school and careers in politics
This autumn, University of Chicago Career Advancement is offering a new Law & Politics track for pre-law students to analyze the world’s biggest political questions through distinct programming and mentorship opportunities.
Changing the world one snap at a time: an alumna’s path to career success
How does someone go from contemplating the ideal society in Sosc class to overseeing civic engagement for one of the world’s most popular social media platforms? For Gross, it began when she knocked on the door of the College Admissions office at UChicago.
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.”
Alumni Board Connect
Fundraising, strategic planning, serving on the finance committee, acting as board secretary, and helping the company connect with more schools have been some of the tasks Bozzelli has taken on as a board member at Imagination Theater through the Alumni Board Connect program created by the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at UChicago’s Booth School of Business.
Collegiate Scholars Program
Asara Milton says the Collegiate Scholars Program, which helped facilitate the Posse Scholarship that will cover her full tuition at Cornell, gave her the confidence she’ll need to thrive on an elite college campus.