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.
South Side organization participates in training to strengthen trauma-informed care at Parkway Gardens
"The city at large is trauma-filled. Parents are experiencing trauma every day. It has become normalized … and they don't understand how it impacts not only them but their children," said Jennifer ...
Alderman Mike Rodriguez (CLA'18) Continues to Build a Legacy of Service in Chicago
Mike Rodriguez AM’07(SSA)/CLA'18 grew up with social activism in his blood. He has spent his entire adult life in the service of the community in which he was born: the culturally rich, working-cla...
Under New Leadership: CLA Alumni Make Waves in Chicago's New Administration
In 2019, the City of Chicago entered a new era with the historic landslide election of its first female African-American mayor, Lori Lightfoot. In assembling her transition team and cabinet, the po...
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation wants to help small business owners grow
The Hyde Park Herald reports on the application deadline for local small business owners to join the Polsky Small Business Growth Program. Applications are due August 15.
How one recent alum is using technology to tackle inequality
Devshi Mehrotra, AB'19, is learning about artificial intelligence technology this summer as a researcher at Stanford Law School. Devshi Mehrotra doesn’t aspire to design the next big app or soci...
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