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Odehmenan Health Equity Center

image of the Odeh Center mural, and photos of speakers and audience from an event

Formal Inauguration of the Center Heading link

UIC leadership and other key stakeholder lined up in front of the mural and cutting a large blue ribbon with large scissors

On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, the Odeh Center was formally launched with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony. Be sure to see the highlights, photos and video from the event.

Odehmenan: This Heart of Ours Heading link

In fall 2023, the University of Illinois Chicago will officially launch the Odehmenan Health Equity Center (Odeh Center). This is the result of a joint partnership spanning years between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Engagement, and a generous donation of space from the UIC Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago.

The first word in the Center’s name, Odehmenan — pronounced: Odeh-me-nan: (odéh (oh-debt) me (muh) nan (nan) — is a Potawatomi word that translates to, “this heart of ours.” The Potawatomi people are one of the original peoples of the Chicagoland area and one of the Three Fires Confederacy Nations, who know this area as their ancestral home.

Shote Temget Odehmenan Ebmadziyak Mine Ekendaswiyak…Here is the Heart of our Living and Learning

Purpose of the Center Heading link

The purpose of the Odeh Center is to help cultivate community for students, staff, faculty, alumni and neighborhood partners. This is done through education, affinity groups, programming, dialogues and advocacy. By fostering this sense of belonging and partnership, our community will be better equipped to uphold health equity in our clinical practice, education and research.

Odeh Center Program Archive

Photo Tour of the Center Heading link

Programming and Meeting Request Form

Visit or Contact Us Heading link

Thank you for your interest in engaging with the Odehmenan Health Equity Center! We welcome all UIC and UI Health students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners into this space.

The Odehmenan Health Equity Center is located on the second floor of the UIC Library of the Health Sciences:

UIC Library of the Health Sciences
MC 763
1750 W. Polk Street
Suite 220
Chicago, IL 60612

Email: OdehCenter@uic.edu

Hours of Operation:

Summer 2024

Monday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (The Odeh Center can be requested for late night use from 4:00 – 7:00 pm)
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (The Odeh Center can be requested for late night use from 4:00 – 7:00 pm)
Thursday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: Closed

Closed (campus holidays):

  • Memorial Day Monday, May 27
  • Juneteenth Wednesday, June 19
  • Independence Day Thursday, July 4

*Additionally, the Odeh Center will be closed the weeks of May 6th-May 10th & August 19th- August 23rd. 

This website will be updated regularly with current hours, so please be sure to check back here for more information!

Google Map of 1750 W Polk Street