Civic Engagement

Our civic partnership

The University of Chicago is shaped and inspired by the city of Chicago. Our growing partnership with our neighbors has the potential to enhance the quality of life and economic development of the South Side and the global reach of this vibrant city.

UChicago has devoted the research and creative thinking of some of the nation’s top scholars, as well as millions of dollars in investment in recent years, to support local schools, jobs, health care, arts, housing, and public safety.

Improving education and health care

Our Urban Education Institute combines a nationally renowned research center, teacher training, a close relationship with Chicago Public Schools, and the hands-on operation of four charter school campuses to create a new model for urban school reform.

The Urban Health Initiative, a partnership between the University of Chicago Medicine and South Side community members and medical providers, improves urban health care through research, patient care, and education.

Get involved

Whether you’re a member of the UChicago community or a Hyde Park neighbor, we invite you to explore these pages to learn about an array of civic initiatives and opportunities for you to make a difference. Browse our database of community-service organizations on campus to learn more, and connect with student volunteers through the University Community Service Center. We also invite you to explore our many academic and cultural events that are open to the community, or browse our civic engagement images on Flickr to see how we’re making a difference in the community.