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.
University of Chicago Community Safety Leadership Academy celebrates graduation of inaugural policing cohort
Police leaders serving cities representing 20% of homicides in America will use leadership and management learnings to save lives in their communities
Chicago Sun Times: University of Chicago launches training academy for violence prevention workers: ‘You’re made to make history’
The initiative's inception followed a surge in gun violence triggered by the pandemic, resulting in an influx of public funds that some nonprofits and community organizations were unprepared to manage effectively.
Chicago Defender: UChicago launches initiative to help combat gun violence across America
UChicago's CVILA trains leaders from 21 cities to address community violence. The program equips them with skills for safer communities, with support from figures like Attorney General Kwame Raoul and former Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck.
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.