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College Access MIP Student Conference workshop discussion group
College Access fosters relationships with organizations that share our philosophy and goals of post-secondary education, college degree attainment and career development for students from Chicago's traditionally underserved communities. Partnerships with schools and nonprofits strengthen our efforts, increasing the reach and scope for our programming. Events we host on campus provide informative content while introducing students to DePaul.

Upcoming Events

October 26, 2018 - Middle School D-MEN Challenge

The D-MEN Challenge (DePaul Males Encouraging Nonviolence) is a campus visit program for young males developed to create positive self-identities, build self-confidence and help males resolve conflicts amicably.  Through a team challenge experience, the goal of the program is to help groups create a common bond, build trust and commitment and establish higher levels of appreciation for their members.  Students also receive information about planning for college, tour DePaul University’s Lincoln Park Campus, and have meaningful discussions with male DePaul students of color. Visit the D-MEN webpage to find out more about the October 26 program.

Past Events

February 2, 2018 - #ChiBoyBrilliance Male Initiative Project (MIP) Student Conference

The 13th Annual Male Initiative Project (MIP) Student Conference was held at the DePaul Student Center on February 2, 2018. The 2018 theme was #ChiBoyBrilliance, celebrating black and brown male youth and empowering students to control the social narratives regarding their communities. Annual MIP conferences bring together high school age male youth from Chicago's traditionally underserved and under-resourced high schools for a day of educational workshops, leadership activities, mentoring, and college prep conversations.

March 13, 2018 - Big Shoulders Fund High School Scholars Symposium

The 7th annual Big Shoulders Fund High School Scholars Symposium was held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at DePaul University. This dynamic program offerred new tools and ideas for Big Shoulder high school students as they begin preparing for college and their future careers. Over the last six years, we have received very positive reviews from our scholars about the experience and we are excited to offer it again. Whether freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior, this program provides an opportunity to hear lessons learned from individuals that followed the same path and ideas to effectively plan for the next step in their educational career.

March 16, 2018 - CPS Young Men of Color Summit

DePaul's College Access office was proud to host the 5th Annual Chicago Public Schools' Men of Color Summit. This robust event brought together over 450 male high school students for a day full of inspiring speakers, mentoring workshops, and conflict resolution activities. Download the 2018 summit flyer here.

The young men explored 2-year and 4-year college options, learned about community activism and civic engagement. A clear link to DePaul's MIP conference was included in this year's Summit, as students from MIP presented to their peers about personal and social narratives.

April 18, 2018 - High School Actuarial Event

College Access office, in partnership with Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), a leading international organization for professional actuaries, hosted a group of almost 300 students from 14 Chicago high schools to introduce actuarial science and math careers to students who are proficient and interested i​n math. High school math teachers, counselors, interested students, and a group of actuaries (who generously volunteered their time to lead workshops and math activities) worked together to explore the actuarial field and careers in mathematics. The event was a big success! See the event flyer: High School Actuarial Day - April 18.pdf;

April 24, 2018 - Women in Computing - Exploring Majors and Careers with CDM

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that computing jobs will be among the fastest-growing and highest-paying over the next decade. Jobs in computing provide the opportunity to do meaningful work, to collaborate with other creative people, and to work in diverse industries. Yet, women account for less than 20% of the workforce in computing careers. This event, in partnership with DePaul School of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) faculty, focused on young women and provided information about the 10 undergraduate degree programs offered in the School of Computing at DePaul, each of which lead to diverse jobs in computing. High school girls learned from a panel of students about what it’s like to be a student in the School of Computing, participated in an activity in the Idea Realization Lab, and toured​ the state-of-the art facilities in CDM. See the event flyer:​ Women in Computing Event flyer.pdf

April 27, 2018 - Male Initiative Project (MIP) Student Conference for Middle Schools

The Middle Grades MIP is a conference designed for students in grades 6-8 and typically aligns its theme and programming with the high school MIP that happens in February of the same year. This year's content explored the #ChiBoyBrilliance theme, with appropriate adjustments for younger boys.
For more information, contact:
College Access
DePaul Welcome Center
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-3082 |