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Odehmenan Health Equity Center

image of the Odeh Cetner 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 Odehnan 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, events, 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.

Upcoming Programming Heading link

Feb 27 2024

Black Feminism, Racial Realism, and Organizing for Health: A Reading Circle

Tuesday, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm America/Chicago
Odehmenan Health Equity Center, UIC Library of the Health Sciences
Feb 28 2024

Stitching Resistance

Wednesday, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm America/Chicago
Odehmenan Health Equity Center, UIC Library of the Health Sciences

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.

As we ramp up programming, the Odeh Center will have limited open hours and event registrations. This is only temporary while we complete some new construction in the space, finish our hiring processes for new members of the team, and start to plan our calendar with programming! We will update information on this website when we have built the capacity to take event ideas. Thank you for your patience!

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


Hours of Operation:

Monday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (The Odeh Center can be requested for late night use from 5:00 – 8:00 pm)
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (The Odeh Center can be requested for late night use from 5:00 – 8:00 pm)
Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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