Deadline extented to 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018

We invite you to participate in a new opportunity to share your expertise to showcase UIC’s singular efforts in research and scholarship on social justice and community disparities. This proposed campus-wide book/digital media project is led by the Social Justice and Community Disparities Working Group (SJCD), an interdisciplinary collaboration of scholars and researchers from various UIC colleges and schools.

Intrinsic to UIC’s mission in urban public higher education, the concept of “social justice” permeates our campus, informs our work and shapes our discourse. As a community of scholars, many of us approach our research, pedagogy, clinical practice, and community engagement with a commitment to identifying, reducing and preventing inequities in healthcare, education, economic opportunity, cultural production, civic participation, public health and the built environment. UIC has earned national prominence for addressing myriad societal issues including, but not limited to, racial and gender bias, the formation and expansion of social movements, the role of arts and culture in urban spaces, immigration, violence prevention and trauma-informed care, healthy communities, environmental justice, and equitable access to resources for Chicagoans and global citizens.

The focus of this project is how we at UIC see, understand, explain and present the “Chicago School” as reshaped for the 21st century. While the original Chicago School focused on urban decay, crime, race and sexual deviance, our envisioned new Chicago School will shift the focus to community assets, community-driven processes, environmental factors, and stakeholder partnerships. Our goal is to expand the reach of our collective endeavors and ensure the body of work produced at UIC initiates critical conversations and advances advocacy, policy and action, within the halls of academia, through the streets of our city and beyond creating an equitable city serving as a model for others to emulate. 

We invite all community members to submit research articles and essays highlighting work done at UIC that engages the city of Chicago as a site of study, or is sited in Chicago engaging the urban, writ large. Since this is an interdisciplinary endeavor at its core, we have a broad definition of what could qualify as a submission, and are asking for 300-500 word abstracts outlining your potential contribution to be submitted to by 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018. We will review the proposed abstracts and notify those invited to advance to the next steps so they may prepare working papers (up to 6,000 words) for the SJCD anthology which will be presented and discussed at a workshop in late summer 2018.

Abstracts must include:

  • Author(s) (including potential community partners you want to coauthor with)
  • Title
  • Description of the community and social issues, strengths/assets, and project you want to present/share and keywords
  • Form your contribution will take (research findings, conceptual or theoretical summary, critical analyses, methods piece, performance art summary)

Questions? Please contact or for additional information.