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Middle school students during group activities at the Male Initiative Project Conference for middle schools in 2016
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 under-served communities. Partnerships with schools and nonprofits strengthen our efforts, increasing the reach and scope for our programming. Here are some upcoming events we are working on in 2018: 

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

The 7th annual Big Shoulders Fund High School Scholars Symposium will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at DePaul University. This dynamic program will offer 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, the 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 is proud to host the 5th Annual Chicago Public Schools' Men of Color Summit. This robust event brings together 400-500 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 will explore 2-year and 4-year college options, learn about community activism and civic engagement. A clear link to DePaul's MIP conference will be included in this year's Summit, with students from MIP presenting to their peers about personal and social narratives. Learn more and register here.

April 19, 2018 - Actuarial Event with CAS

College Access office is partnering with Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS), a leading international organization for professional actuaries, to expose math-focused Chicago high school students to careers in math and actuarial science.

April 24, 2018 - Women in Computing - Exploring Computing 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, will focus on young women to provide 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 will hear from a panel of students about what it’s like to be a student in the School of Computing, participate in an activity in the Idea Realization Lab, and tour the state-of-the art facilities in CDM.

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

The Middle Grades MIP is 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 will explore #ChiBoyBrilliance theme, with appropriate adjustments for younger boys. More details and registration will be available on the MIP website in March.

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. Get more details here.

For more information, contact:
College Access
DePaul Welcome Center
2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 325-3082 |