Creating Meaningful Change

2020 has been an unprecedented year.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, but it has been especially devastating for under-resourced communities – and the lives of many City Colleges of Chicago students.

As students struggled to persist in their academic and career plans, yet another tragedy changed our world. The killing of George Floyd fueled persistent and long-standing protests surfacing important questions about race, which the nation is only beginning to confront.

Because City Colleges of Chicago is uniquely positioned to help close the equity gap our students face, and to help directly address issues of race and inequality, the City Colleges of Chicago Foundation is hosting a series of conversations about why CCC matters as we collectively move forward in this moment.

Speaker Series Topics:

Why City Colleges of Chicago Matters:

  • Empowering Black Lives
  • Dismantling Institutionalized Racism
  • Championing Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion
  • Driving an Inclusive Economy
  • Catalyzing COVID Recovery
  • Creating Equity for Black and Brown Communities
  • Combating Systemic Inequities
  • Galvanizing Sustainable Change

Why City Colleges of Chicago Matters: Empowering Black Lives

  • Our anti-racism agenda places the elimination of anti-Blackness at the center of its work knowing anti-Blackness is the deepest, most enduring and damaging root of racism in our city and country. Addressing anti-Blackness opens the opportunity for all of us to live in a society more reflective of our vision and values as a city and nation.
  • City Colleges is already on the cutting edge of prioritizing equity and empowering our students– in 2020, each college released a strategic Equity Plan, a search was launched for an Associate Vice Chancellor of Racial Equity, and an anti-racism advisory committee made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni and administrators, is in the midst of being created.
  • Our diverse student population (more than 75% of CCC students are Black or Latinx) faces unique challenges that can deter them from continuing on their path to higher education and economic mobility–yet, despite the circumstances, CCC students succeed.

 You Can Help

The City Colleges of Chicago Foundation needs your help to support our students as they persist, persevere, and ultimately achieve their academic and career goals no matter what may stand in their way. They want a quality education, and they work hard to attain one. Your donation directly supports our students in acquiring the services they need to put them on a path toward a certificate or associate degree, a four-year program, or a fulfilling career.

Why Donate to the CCC Foundation?

  • Our Black Excellence and Equity Fund creates a safety net for students, eliminating barriers to their academic success and ensuring an equitable space for them to flourish.
  • City Colleges of Chicago’s Emergency Fund was overwhelmed with applications when the CCC COVID-19 Emergency Fund was created. Funds have been exhausted, but requests for help are still coming in every day.
  • Scholarships and grants cover gaps that financial aid can’t, and are available to any student, including those who are undocumented.
  • The Chancellor’s Retention Fund provides direct support to students that face financial challenges and helps them cross the finish-line.
  • Student resources from Wellness Centers to Loaner Laptops are in high demand as students take part in remote learning and City Colleges offers all of our student services virtually. Supports like the Transfer Center, Tutoring Center, and Career Planning and Placement Center are always there to make sure students are reaching the goals they set for themselves.

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Sponsor Benefits

  • Presenting Sponsor – $50,000
    • Sponsor recognition during all Seven Strong Series Discussions
    • Pre-recorded video statement during Seven Strong Series Promotion
    • Verbal acknowledgment as Series Presenting Sponsor during all Seven Strong Series Discussions
    • Sponsor recognition on Seven Strong Series Press Release
    • All benefits of Host level
  • Host Sponsor – $25,000
    • Pre-recorded introduction or close of one Seven Strong Series Discussion (to be mutually agreed upon between sponsor and CCC)
    • Option to host one series discussion (to be mutually agreed upon)
    • All benefits of Discussion level
  • Discussion Sponsor – $10,000
    • Access for 10 guests to one Discussion
    • Pre-event social media promotion on CCC platforms
    • Verbal acknowledgment as Seven Strong Series Discussion sponsor during select Discussion (Discussion to be determined by Sponsor)
    • Sponsor recognition for one Seven Strong Series Discussion (sponsor will be recognized on all material specific to the determined Discussion, as well as during Discussion. Discussion to be selected by Sponsor)
    • All benefits of General level
  • General Sponsor – $5,000
    • Access for 5 guests to one Discussion
    • Sponsor recognition on Seven Strong Series event website
    • Sponsor recognition on general Seven Strong Series collateral (invitation, event website, CCC website)