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.
Our social work, public policy, and public health faculty work with community organizations to identify the root causes of violence, develop innovative solutions, and deploy strategic programs to reduce crime and restore neighborhoods.
For example, we are working alongside Bronzeville community leaders to eradicate youth violence through a collaborative, comprehensive action plan focused on supporting youth and their families. We also are using our data analytics expertise to advance effective strategies that will promote public safety.
At UChicago Medicine, we offer the city’s only hospital-based program dedicated to helping survivors of violence recover, both physically and emotionally. Our efforts to promote holistic recovery are providing a model for trauma centers across the country.
Student groups dedicated to community service build South Side connections
Community Service Registered Student Organizations or CSRSOs contribute to and learn from a wide array of campus neighbors with support from the University Community Service Center
Public Safety Advisory Council to conduct community survey
Since last year, council representatives from various stakeholder groups within the University and South Side communities have met to outline plans for future work, which include a comprehensive community public safety survey.
Corporate Coalition of Chicago features UChicago's fair chance hiring policy
During Second Chance Month, Corporate Coalition of Chicago highlights UChicago's efforts to ensure candidates with a criminal record and returning citizens are not automatically precluded from University employment.
Centers for New Horizons
Bronzeville-based Centers for New Horizons specializes in violence prevention and intervention in addition to employment and workforce development. UChicago Medicine is a proud partner in this work.