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Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change Heading link

Cultural Center staff at Involvement Fair 2019

The seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change are a collaborative group that aims to make UIC a welcoming and inclusive place for all students, faculty and staff. The Centers are committed to student success, intercultural engagement, vibrant scholarship, and dynamic community partnerships.

Partnerships for Anti-racist Campus Transformation Heading link

Armani Lee, a COVID outreach supervisor, talks to a Mayfair resident outside the neighborhood Petco on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Chicago, Ill.

As COVID-19 continues its prevalence across our region, the need to coordinate university efforts is more important than ever. UIC’s multidisciplinary academic and research network, including that of our academic health enterprise of UI Health, is uniquely positioned to be astutely responsive to our community partners’ needs in ways that may directly address immediate concerns as well as set the stage for long-term partnerships.

With the support of the UIC School of Public Health, UIC -Partnerships for Antiracist Campus Transformation (UIC-PACT), was established. Housed in the Office of Diversity, UIC-PACT is a collaboration of members from across campus with the goal to identify various community needs and organize our university expertise and response.


Odehmenan Health Equity Center Heading link

Odeh Center's mural and event collage

In fall 2023, the University of Illinois Chicago will officially launch the Odehmenan Health Equity Center (Odeh Center). This is the result of a joint partnership spanning years between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement, and a generous donation of space from the UIC Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.

The purpose of the Odeh Center is to help cultivate community for students, staff, faculty, alumni and neighborhood partners. This is done through education, affinity groups, events, dialogues and advocacy. By fostering this sense of belonging and partnership, our community will be better equipped to uphold health equity in our clinical practice, education and research.