City Colleges is on the cutting edge of prioritizing equity and empowering our students - and you can help. Your donation will directly impact the work City Colleges is already doing to support a diverse student body as they overcome barriers to success through initiatives including:
City Colleges of Chicago Foundation Scholarships: A wide range of both academic and need-based scholarships are available through the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation.
College-based Services and Resources: From food pantries to mental health support, students can get the help they need to concentrate on their studies and be successful.
Chicago Roadmap (Announced June 2020): An unprecedented effort to create the strongest-ever relationship with the Chicago Public Schools that puts Chicago students on a seamless path to and through college. Through game-changing equity goals, the Roadmap will remove barriers to higher education measured by post-secondary enrollment, post-secondary completion, employment and economic mobility over the next five years.
Equity Plans (Released in August 2020): For over a year, our colleges worked on equity plans to close racial achievement gaps. The gaps are not new. They have existed for years. What is new is our commitment to being transparent about our opportunities and have strategies to address them. The equity plans were released this summer.
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Chicago (Launched September 2020): A partnership with TRHT Chicago that seeks to fight racism by bringing together business, non-profit and government leaders, artists, organizers, and concerned citizens to speak truth about racism; heal from the traumas of racism; and use collective power to eliminate racial barriers and policies in Chicago.
Interdisciplinary advisory committee (Launching 2021): Led by City Colleges Board members and senior staff, the committee will advance and monitor anti-racism work across City Colleges.
Seven Strong Speakers Series
To benefit the Black Excellence and Equity Fund, City Colleges of Chicago Foundation hosts the Seven Strong Speakers Series. The series in 2021 consisted of seven, live-streamed discussions hosted by leaders from the corporate and philanthropic communities starting in February 2021. Each discussion highlights prominent speakers lending their voices and unique perspectives to the conversation. See below for the recordings of these discussions. For additional information and a full list of discussions, visit sevenstrong.ccc.edu.