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Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning & Community Service Studies

The Steans Center develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to engage DePaul students in educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian values of respect for human dignity and the quest for social justice. The work of the Steans Center is a direct reflection of DePaul's Catholic, Vincentian and urban mission.  The Center provides an academic bridge between the university and community that supports student learning, community development and faculty teaching and scholarship. 

Steans Center Website

Steans Center Services

Faculty Development

Offers faculty workshops, consultations, and syllabi reviews for those teaching a service-learning course and/or interested in publishing their community-based teaching and research scholarship.

Identifying Appropriate Community Partners to Host Students

Makes the arrangements with community-based, nonprofit organizations to host the students in your service-learning course that are a good fit with the academic content of the course. Students may do direct service, complete a project, conduct research, or do advocacy work on behalf of the community organization.

Grant or Scholarly Submission Review

Reviews drafts of a grant submitted to a DePaul or external funding stream focused on service-learning/community engagement or a scholarly submission for publication.

Steans Center Resources

Community-based Research Fellowships

Offers Community-based Research Fellowships for faculty each year who are conducting research with a community partner that involves and benefits that partner, and that includes a stipend and funds a part-time graduate assistant and conference travel.

Service-Learning Course Design Workbook

Offers a complimentary copy of this workbook that details how best to develop a premier service-learning course, including potential academic and civic learning objectives.

Course Development Resources

Reviews DePaul faculty service-learning course syllabi, can inform about national service-learning resources and conferences, and has profiles of DePaul faculty who teach service-learning courses.

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