Public Service

The University of Illinois is probably at work in your community right now.

From diabetes awareness workshops in Chicago to a gardening clinic for children in Mt. Vernon, University faculty, staff and students bring the knowledge, expertise and resources of the three campuses to people in every corner of Illinois through more than 700 public service and outreach programs. Browse the Public Service Database and see how you can connect with the University of Illinois.

The University and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system work together on projects to increase the number of students enrolling at the U of I, particularly under-represented minorities from the public schools in Chicago. Learn more by browsing the CPS activities database.


  • UIC's Mile Square Health Center serves Chicago's Near West Side, an economically challenged urban community.The center opened a new facility at the intersection of Wood Street and Roosevelt Road, close to the UIC health science campus, in January 2014.
  • University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, offering educational programs to residents of all of Illinois’ 102 counties – and far beyond. More than 1.5 million Illinois residents take part in Extension programs each year.
  • The Resource Center for Autism and Developmental Delays at UIC fosters early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. An extensive lending library of books, software, games, home teaching kits and visual supports is open to the public, free of charge.
  • The Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS is the policy center educates citizens on public affairs issues and provides leadership and professional development programs.
  • UIC College of Dentistry, celebrating 100 years of service in 2013, was recognized by the American Dental Association Foundation for the student-run clinic at Goldie's Place. The clinic provides dental support to people who are homeless on Chicago's North Side.
  • Faculty and Extension educators at Urbana-Champaign are helping to teach people in developing countries new skills through the Scientific Animations Without Borders initiative.
  • Urbana-Champaign has five National Resource Centers that support curricula, library collections and conferences, and provide outreach to local and regional K-12 educators related to their world region.