Chicago Sister Cities International

Created by President Eisenhower in 1956, the sister cities movement brings people of different cultures together to celebrate and appreciate their differences and build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts.

Since 1960, Chicago has forged sister city relationships with a total of 28 international cities in 27 countries on 5 continents, making Chicago Sister Cities International the largest and most active organization of its kind in the United States. These meaningful relationships continue to grow and evolve, building on already strong existing ties.

CSCI, a division of World Business Chicago, provides leadership to develop, manage and coordinate comprehensive programs with Chicago’s 28 sister cities. CSCI expands Chicago’s global reach for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.

CSCI bridges cultural divides and fosters a spirit of mutual respect and understanding between our international communities. We empower citizen diplomats to develop borderless bonds with others around the world, working together to become both collective and individual forces of positive global change.

University of Illinois at Chicago

Located in the heart of one of the world’s great cities, the University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse universities in the country and a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the region. As Chicago’s only public research university with 29,000 students, 15 colleges, a hospital and a health sciences system, UIC provides the broadest access to the highest levels of intellectual excellence and opportunity.

UIC’s Mission

  • To create knowledge that transforms our views of the world and, through sharing and application, transforms the world.
  • To provide a wide range of students with the educational opportunity only a leading research university can offer.
  • To address the challenges and opportunities facing not only Chicago but all Great Cities of the 21st century, as expressed by our Great Cities Commitment.
  • To foster scholarship and practices that reflect and respond to the increasing diversity of the U.S. in a rapidly globalizing world.
  • To train professionals in a wide range of public service disciplines, serving Illinois as the principal educator of health science professionals and as a major health care provider to underserved communities.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Program at UIC

The Gender and Women’s Studies Program (GWS) at UIC is an interdisciplinary unit dedicated to investigating the relationships between gender (including transgender), sexuality, feminism, and social justice.

GWS insists that gender and sexuality must be understood through their intersections with race, class, age, nation, citizenship, and ability. We conceptualize how these interconnected categories inform and structure social life, culture, politics, social movements and knowledge production.

GWS sees a sustained engagement with local, national and transnational communities as central to our research and teaching/work at UIC.