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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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Office of Civic Engagement Fiscal Year 2021 Annual Report

The Office of Civic Engagement’s annual report highlights how the office advanced its strategic priorities in fiscal year 2021 by working alongside campus, community, and philanthropic partners; supporting South Side neighbors; and helping to reinforce the integral role civic engagement plays at the University.

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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
Jhmira Alexander
Jhmira Alexander
Civic Actor Studio

Much of Jhmira Alexander’s work as the executive director of nonprofit Public Narrative revolves around bringing people from various corners of Chicago’s journalism and nonprofit sectors together. As a participant in the University of Chicago’s Civic Actor Studio leadership retreat, she found the program’s theater-centric approach to be valuable.

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Aleena Agrawal
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.

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Tiffany Joi, owner of Hemp Heals Body Shop, started making CBD lotions to ease her mom’s knee pain. (Photo credit: Silver Room/Angela Mejia)
Tiffany Joi
Hemp Heals Body Shop

Through the Polsky Small Business Growth Program, Joi developed strategies for marketing, finances, and securing shelf space in boutiques for her line of CBD-infused lotions and oils.

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Luis Morales, Jr.
Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering Introduction to Molecular Engineering Course for City Colleges of Chicago Students

Morales had never even heard of molecular engineering before taking part in the course and says he found the concepts fascinating and their applications, such as creating vaccines or new sources of energy storage, admirable.

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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.

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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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