Chicago Studies' work of cultivating bonds between the College and the diverse communities of Chicago would be impossible without a rich array of partnerships, both inside and outside of the University. At our best, we collaborate with partners to plan and implement our programs about the city; they serve as content experts in our courses; they supervise our students' professional development as interns; and they animate and inform the research our students pursue. We are always interested in expanding the reach of our partnerships, knowing that hearing the voices of ever-more Chicagoans is our best way of learning the city deeply, and understanding how we might best contribute to its future.
Chicago Studies acknowledges that we work on the unceded ancestral lands of the Council of Three Fires, comprised of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi sovereign nations, as well as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, Fox, Kickapoo and Illinois sovereign nations. We recognize that we represent an institution that has often pursued its academic work in ways that were extractive and colonialist, especially in communities of color and in relation to our immediate neighbors on the South Side. Mindful of these histories, we work hard to establish respectful, reciprocally-beneficial partnerships in line with best practices for collaborative inquiry, following CCPH's Guiding Principles for Partnership, and attempting to embody the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing as we support the efforts of our collaborators around Chicago.