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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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 role as the largest private employer and purchaser of goods and services on the South Side to foster entrepreneurship and create economic opportunities for community residents and local small 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.
Incoming College students connect with more than 100 South Side community leaders at annual Engage Chicago orientation event
Organized by the University Community Service Center, the event brought local nonprofit and faith leaders, artists, small business owners, school principals, and elected officials together with small groups of students across UChicago’s campus and talked to them about the spectrum of ways they can meaningfully engage with the South Side and Chicago as a whole during their years here.
UChicago students and South Side community members of all ages team up for pilot preschool support program in Woodlawn
Created and led by UChicago’s Jumpstart initiative within the Office of Civic Engagement’s Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP), the Intergen for the Win pilot invited local residents with an interest in early childhood development to work alongside UChicago students in two Woodlawn childcare centers as part of a paid, 10-week summer experience.
Harris introduces new technology and society initiative
Technologies like generative AI, robotics, and quantum computing hold tremendous promise for addressing major societal challenges and unlocking unimagined opportunities. From leveling the playing field in education, to realizing breakthroughs in patient care, these new technologies offer transformative power.
PME students bring ‘Battery Day’ to the Museum of Science and Industry
For the second annual Battery Day, created by Asst. Prof. Chibueze Amanchukwu, students at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering led guests at the Museum of Science and Industry in hands-on activities about batteries.
Chicago region designated U.S. Tech Hub for quantum technologies by Biden-Harris administration
The greater Chicago area is home to some of the world’s leaders in quantum information science and engineering research, including the University of Chicago.
Small Business Spotlight: Love Cork Screw welcomes everyone to a glass of wine
Lampley launched Love Cork Screw in 2013. The company currently produces seven wine varietals which feature whimsical labels such as “Be the Light” Sauvignon Blanc and “Good Times, Good Friends” Pinot Grigio that appeal to the brand’s target demographic of 25- to 44-year-olds.
Marshall Hatch Jr., The MAAFA Redemption Project
Tammera L. Holmes, AeroStar Avion Institute
University of Chicago Community Support Initiative
Janice Jackson, Chicago Public Schools
Boyede Sobitan, Oja Express
Camille McKenzie, Turner Construction Chicago
Partnering for Community Impact
Jackie Dyess, Inter-City Supply
Juan Carlos Ocon, Benito Juarez Community Academy
Community Programs Accelerator: Five Years Forward
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.”
Chicago Booth Civic Scholars Program
For Aleena Agrawal, a Chicago Booth MBA is a road map for changing the world. In her job as Director of Talent Solutions at P33, a nonprofit devoted to building a more diverse and inclusive technology ecosystem in Chicago, Agrawal aims to drive systems-level change.