The University of Chicago has deep and robust commitments to the Hyde Park, South Side, Chicago, and global communities in which we are situated. This work represents our commitment to civic engagement and a recognition that supporting vibrant cities – particularly the city we call home – is vital to our identity as a great urban research university. Guiding our work is a commitment to inclusion and collaboration – a conviction that we have much to learn from each other, and that our University, our city, and our partners will flourish if we stand together.

Seed Grants for Engaged Scholarship

Through such entities as the Office of Civic Engagement, the Institute of Politics, the Chicago Studies Program, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UChicagoArts, and our centers, the University realizes its goal of connecting the campus to the city of Chicago. Our students, staff, and faculty volunteer their service in local schools and nonprofit groups, and our faculty engage meaningfully through scholarship and clinical care. As part of the small grants programs, we will prioritize programs that engage our surrounding communities. Similarly we will promote additional curricular proposals to increase opportunities for students to learn about Chicago and engage with these communities. Learn more>>

Arts and Culture

University of Chicago has a deep engagement in arts and cultural programming. These collaborative initiatives have led to local, national, and global partnerships that enhance diversity in arts production, scholarship, and education. We will work to build new partnerships that extend this engagement, creating links between arts institutions and academic units that will strengthen the curatorial pipeline. We will further consider our collections and seek opportunities to highlight work from artists who represent a variety of backgrounds currently underrepresented in the arts.


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