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.
Chicago Public Schools students gain valuable career experience through campus internships
The new Youth Internship Program is the latest UChicago initiative designed to support the development of skills critical for college, career, and life success
Multi-institutional QuSTEAM initiative awarded $5 million from NSF to advance quantum science education
With a $5 million cooperative agreement over two years from NSF's Convergence Accelerator, QuSTEAM will build transformative, modular quantum science degree and certification programs.
In new full academic year endeavor, Harris Policy Labs focuses on social policy and helping the disadvantaged in 2021-2022
For the first time since the Harris Policy Labs program was established six years ago, a social policy-focused Policy Lab will be offered all three quarters, enabling students to maximize policy impact on a range of issues intended to improve the public and nonprofit sectors’ ability to serve.
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering to celebrate 10th anniversary with two days of public science talks
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago will hold an alumni and industry day on Sept. 17 and a scientific conference on Sept. 18. The public is invited to attend via livestream.
Booth students offer pro bono support to Chicago nonprofits
Through the Net Impact Board Fellows Program at Booth, Chicago nonprofits teach MBA students about nonprofit governance and social sector strategy.
UChicago welcomes 2021-2022 class of University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars
The newest class of University of Chicago Obama Foundation Scholars brings together 12 emerging leaders from various disciplines—empowering them with the education, skills, relationships and perspectives needed to tackle pressing issues.
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.”
Alliance of the Southeast
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.