The University of Chicago is committed to engaging with the South Side community to examine the institution’s historical relationship with its surrounding neighborhoods and identify ways in which it can deepen and strengthen partnerships with the local community. Examining this historical relationship is a prelude and opportunity to create a new level of cooperative partnership between the University and the community. On December 17, 2021, President Paul Alivisatos and Provost Ka Yee C. Lee announced the formation of the Council on UChicago/Community Relations: Historical, Contemporary, and Future.
The Council is charged by the University President and Provost with researching and preparing a report that reflects upon and illuminates the history and relationship between the University and the city’s South Side neighborhoods. The President and Provost will request that the report include recommended measures that will strengthen and promote existing and future mutually beneficial relations between the University and its neighbors. Specifically, the Council will:
- Independently investigate and assess the University of Chicago’s relationship to the South Side areas of Chicago, from the University’s inception to the present day.
- Recommend, where appropriate, additional research projects for the University to sponsor.
- Provide an opportunity to analyze/discuss the University’s more recent efforts to strengthen community relations as well as current and future University-Community issues—making recommendations when appropriate.
- Consult, engage, and inform the campus and community on a regular basis, giving members of the campus and community opportunities to provide input, feedback, guidance, and critique of the Council’s work.
- Disseminate the Council’s ongoing work, along with its ultimate findings and recommendations.
Inaugural Council Members
- Emily Buss, Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law
- Eve Ewing, Assistant Professor, Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
- Adam Green, Associate Professor of American History and the College
- Jonathan Lear, John U. Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, Philosophy, and the College
- Doriane Miller, Professor of Medicine and Director, Center for Community Health and Vitality
- George Wu, John P. and Lillian A. Gould Professor of Behavioral Science, Booth School of Business
- Brenda Battle, Senior Vice President, Community Health Transformation and Chief Diversity Officer, UChicago Medicine
- Derek Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement and External Affairs
- Marcia Walker-McWilliams, Executive Director, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, University Library
- Arsima Araya, Undergraduate Student in the College
- Natalie “Jo” Griffin, Graduate Student in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice
- Carol Adams, President and CEO, Urban Prescriptives, and Founder, South Shore Works
- Daniel Ash, President, The Field Foundation
- Julian DeShazier, Senior Pastor, University Church
- Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance
- Joel Hamernick, Executive Director, Sunshine Enterprises
- Jamie Kalven, Invisible Institute
- Jawanza Malone, Executive Director, Wieboldt Foundation
- Shirley Newsome, Board Chair, Quad Communities Development Corporation
- Trina Reynolds Tyler, Data Analyst, Invisible Institute
- Anton Seals, Lead Steward and Co-founder, Grow Greater Englewood
- Amanda Williams, Artist, aw|studio