About Accelerator

Community Programs Accelerator

Through this initiative, the University hopes to serve as a catalyst for the growth of innovative, high-capacity groups working in local neighborhoods. - Derek Douglas, Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago

Collaboration for a Stronger Mid-South Side

Nonprofit organizations play an important role in the health and vitality of local communities.  The Community Programs Accelerator, an initiative of the University of Chicago's Office of Civic Engagement,  will provide a central point for nonprofits to access a range of University of Chicago resources. Similarly, close working relationships with the people and organizations making a difference in the Mid-South Side will allow the University to leverage its research and organizational expertise—along with talent and support from community and industry partners—toward having a greater impact in the community.

Through partnerships with industry practitioners and connections to University resources, this new initiative will provide technical assistance to help develop and strengthen community-based organizations. It will also foster connections between these organizations, promoting a strong network of nonprofits in the mid-South Side.

For more background on the Community Programs Accelerator, please see this Overview PDF and this Overview Video.Click here to add yourself to the Community Programs Accelerator mailing list.

To contact the Community Programs Accelerator team please email:  communityprograms@uchicago.edu


Program Staff Directory

Ryan K. Priester

Director, Community Programs
Office of Civic Engagement

Community Programs Accelerator
5225 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615
Phone: 773.702.2337

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Molly Bartels

Fund Development Lead Student Consultant

Maoz Brown

Graduate Student Resource Coordinator - eta Creative Arts Foundation

Sara Drango

Business Development Student Consultant

Meaghan Green

Program Manager, Civic Impact Alliance & Business Development Lead Student Consultant

Joshua Lam

Program Design and Evaluation Lead Student Consultant