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Our Results

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Our Commitment to Chicago

This document provides a snapshot of UChicago’s positive impact for the city and its social fabric—including contributions that will have a lasting effect for generations to come.

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UChicago Medicine Community Benefit Report

The University of Chicago Medicine provided $567.1 million in benefits and services to the South Side community in fiscal 2020, according to its annual Community Benefit Report.

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SHELDON SMITH, FOUNDER OF DOVETAIL PROJECT

“The (Community Programs) Accelerator did the vetting and strengthening that we needed in order to present ourselves to foundations and funders, who want to feel comfortable and know that you’re solid before they invest in you.”

JASMEEN WELLERE, OFFICE OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS, CLASS OF 2012

"The Office of Special Programs opened a door for me. Because I am a first-generation college student, there is no one in my family that knows the process. If it wasn’t for OSP, I feel like I wouldn’t have had a plan."

MAUREEN JONES, COLLEGIATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM PARENT

"Because of the Collegiate Scholars Program, my daughter was admitted to over 20 colleges. From her freshman year through her senior year in high school, the CSP staff helped her realize what it takes to succeed."

KEMATI PORTER, PRODUCER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FOR ETA CREATIVE ARTS FOUNDATION

"Being a part of the (Community Programs) Accelerator taught us the value of reaching out and finding people who can answer questions, open doors, and provide a resource."

Profiles
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Geri Pettis
Pediatric Violence Recovery Specialist, University of Chicago Medicine

Pettis works with pediatric patients in University of Chicago Medicine's Violence Recovery Program, which identifies patients at risk of repeat injuries from violence and connects them to hospital and community-based services. 

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Alliance of the Southeast

Juan Gonzalez is incredibly proud of his Southeast Side community — and is just as proud of working to spark positive change there alongside others in the Youth Leadership Council (YLC) of the Alli...

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Naomi Kebede
Summer Links

For more than 20 years, Summer Links, a program now led by the University Community Service Center within the Office of Civic Engagement, has paired undergraduate students with internships at local community-based organizations like Black Star to explore social issues impacting the City of Chicago.

Joshua Polk
Joshua Polk
Youth Internship Program

Joshua Polk, who lives in Bronzeville and attends Martin Luther King Jr. College Prep, spent six weeks supporting the UChicago Office for Military-Affiliated Communities as one of 10 Chicago high school students participating in the University’s new Youth Internship Program pilot this summer.

Dejiah Beatty
Dejiah Beatty
Youth Internship Program

For six weeks, Dejiah Beatty, a rising junior at Kenwood Academy high school who lives in Chicago’s Fernwood neighborhood, had an opportunity to dive into scientific work she’s passionate about as an intern in the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering as part of the new UChicago Youth Internship Program.

Jennifer Toliver
Jennifer Toliver
Who I Am, Who We Are Humanities and Professional Skills Course

Woodlawn resident Jennifer Toliver felt mentally and professionally energized by a new humanities and professional skills-building course for community residents — with priority given to individuals with criminal records or involvement in the justice system — that covers themes like personal and group identity.