The Office of Civic Engagement

At the University of Chicago, the people and places that surround our campus are among our most valued resources, enriching the UChicago community and enabling the intellectual work undertaken by our students and scholars. The University devotes campus resources to engage and enhance the city we call home, particularly our neighboring communities on the mid–South Side.

The practice of civic engagement has been part of UChicago’s DNA since the University’s founding in the 1890s. This is the essential exchange of energy and perspectives that contributes insights, a sense of immediacy, and a practical grounding to the University’s education and research mission. Today, the University commitment to civic engagement is guided by four areas of impact: extending education to foster leadership, service, and ideas; collaborating on research to transform cities through evidence; spurring innovation through local and global enterprise; and anchoring neighborhoods as a partner for a stronger mid–South Side.

In collaboration with partners across the University, the Office of Civic Engagement is committed to strengthening the impact a leading urban research institution can have on the lives of the people living in Chicago and in cities around the world. Making meaningful community connections, catalyzing economic opportunity, and facilitating organizational capacity building and civic leadership development within local and global communities are central to the Office of Civic Engagement’s mission.

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact will raise $70 million to support initiatives through the Office of Civic Engagement.