Through the Office of Community Outreach, the Center for Access and Attainment develops and fosters relationships with multiple community and educational organizations that share the goal of enhancing opportunities and building pathways to college attainment for students from diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups within the neighborhoods of Chicago.
Such partnerships have been the foundation of DePaul's outreach strategy with the goals of increasing visibility and awareness about DePaul, and creating a pipeline to the university for students underrepresented in higher education.
Community Outreach has worked side-by-side with many organizations since 1998 through partnership activities such as campus visits, collaboration on college awareness and mentoring initiatives, summer pathway programs and college-related workshops.
DePaul has worked with community partners such as Chicago Scholars, Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund and the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, among others. Listed below are several more community and educational organizations with which the center has partnered to expand educational opportunity to students from the Chicago area.
GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs)
DePaul works with the Chicago GEAR UP Alliance, an organization composed of educational and community-based organizations, which partners with the Chicago Public Schools' Office of High School Program's Department of Postsecondary Education to use its members' talent and knowledge to raise student achievement and increase access to and participation in postsecondary education for Chicago students.
INROADS College Links
INROADS College Links is the pre-college component of the INROADS Internship experience. College Links works with students to prepare and strengthen the pipeline of high-performing students from underserved backgrounds through high school to leadership within corporate America.
LINK Unlimited is a nonprofit organization that provides educational services and mentoring to economically disadvantaged African American youth from the Chicago area. LINK Unlimited assists academically motivated youth with opportunities to receive a quality private school education. The program also provides academic enrichment and college readiness programs to help ensure high school graduation and enrollment in a four-year college or university.
Target H.O.P.E. (Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment)
Target H.O.P.E. is a privately funded college preparation and mentoring program for high school students of color in Chicago. Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment are the concepts through which the staff implement academic retention strategies, improve opportunities for college admission and increase minority graduation rates in higher education.
For 20 years, Cinema/Chicago's Education Outreach Program has fostered media literacy and multi-cultural understanding by bringing international film to Chicago Public School students, training Chicago educators and encouraging youth filmmakers in their creative endeavors. Through this partnership, high school students come to DePaul for screenings of films and discussions with filmmakers in conjunction with the Chicago International Film Festival.