Inclusive Construction Initiative


The Inclusive Construction Initiative is a joint effort between the University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, Facilities Services, and UChicago Medicine to create opportunities for minorities, women, and local residents on campus projects.

The initiative produces a quarterly report on the progress we‘ve made toward our goals of 35 percent minority- and 6 percent women-owned contractors, and 40 percent local construction workers.

report snapshots

Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Contract Participation

This data details the dollars paid to date status of minority- and women-owned business enterprises.

Workforce Diversity

This data summarizes the percentage of workforce hours and wages that were dispersed among minority, female, and local community workers.


Camile McKenzie

Camile McKenzie

Every time Camille McKenzie and her daughter pass a construction site, the five-year-old says, “That’s where Mommy works!” “She’s proud of her mom,” says McKenzie, a laborer working for Turner Construction on the Rubenstein Forum building at 60th and Woodlawn.

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J.R. Fleming

J.R. Fleming

When J.R. Fleming arrived at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for the first session of the Turner School of Construction Management in 2018, he was feeling skeptical. “I wondered if it was going to be smoke and mirrors,” he says, because as a...

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work with us

The University of Chicago encourages contractors to hire minority and female construction workers, particularly from neighboring zip codes, to work on major University projects.  

Photos by Christine Kirzeder.