Since 1989, Illinois Tech has built community relations, engaged residents and business owners, and spearheaded economic development initiatives within the world-renowned Bronzeville community. Illinois Tech remains committed to the Bronzeville community and continues to be an active partner in its revitalization.
Before it was the Office of Community Affairs and Outreach Programs it was known as the Illinois Tech's Community Relations Department. The formal connections between Illinois Tech and Bronzeville began in 1989, when the institution established its Community Relations Department, through a grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation.
The priority then and now is to build formal relationships and partnerships between Illinois Tech, local community-based organizations, businesses, Chicago Public Schools, and the IIT Perpsectives Math Science Academy located in Bronzeville as well as the surrounding Chicago community areas.