Local and Global Civic Engagement


Partnering to enhance urban vitality for present and future generations.

Collaboration with partners enables UChicago Urban’s impact—locally and globally.

The University of Chicago aims to advance knowledge and enrich human life.

Our success relies on long-standing collaborations and an expanding global network.

For more than a century, University of Chicago faculty and students have engaged around the world. UChicago builds on this tradition with international Centers in BeijingDelhiHong Kong, and Paris, which draw global experts to international conferences and local students and alumni to public events.

UChicago works hand-in-hand with civic leaders and global partners to address urban opportunities and challenges in Chicago and in cities around the nation and the world. These relationships enrich our own thinking and perspectives on urbanization, and the lessons they reveal can be replicated and scaled to have a positive impact locally, nationally, and globally.

Local and global civic engagement enables our faculty, students, and practitioners to form partnerships and share and receive ideas with our surrounding community and with peers in global cities. Examples include:

The Civic Leadership Academy, run through the Office of Civic Engagement, strengthens capacity within nonprofits and government agencies in Chicago by bringing together emerging leaders from both sectors to learn critical skills and the means to find solutions to challenges that our cities face.

The Chicago Innovation Exchange provides space for collaboration opportunities, proof-of-concept work, business incubation, and programming for new ventures created by UChicago faculty, students, and staff, as well as local community entrepreneurs.

Arts + Public Life, an initiative of UChicago Arts, builds creative connections on Chicago’s South Side through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. Place Lab, a partnership between Arts + Public Life and the Harris School of Public Policy, will bring together artists, policymakers, faculty, and students to design and implement new approaches to urban development.

The Collegiate Scholars Program prepares talented Chicago Public Schools students in grades 10 to 12 for admission and success at the nation’s top colleges and universities. Of the more than 400 alumni of the program, run through the Office of Civic Engagement, 100 percent have matriculated at four-year colleges.

Contact Us

For more information about UChicago Urban, contact:

Anne Dodge
Executive Director, UChicago Urban

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