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Middle School D-MEN Challenge

Middle school students enjoy their visit to DePaul
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.

All D-MEN programs are hosted at DePaul's Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center, at 2235 N. Sheffield Ave.  

The next Middle School D-MEN Challenge will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019.  All participating students are required to submit a waiver, completed by their parents, in order to partake in the physical activities at the Ray. We will collect the waivers when groups arrive at DePaul.
Tentative schedule for the D-MEN Challenge day:
9:15 a.m........Arrival at DePaul
9:30 a.m........Welcome
9:40 a.m........Team Challenge
11:00 a.m......College Presentation and Overview of DePaul
11:30 a.m......Tour of Campus
12:00 p.m......Lunch 
12:50 p.m......Courageous Conversations Led by DePaul Students
2:00 p.m........Departure from DePaul

D-MEN Challenge is FREE to the participating schools. The program is made possible through the collaboration of DePaul's Campus Recreation and College Access offices, and the Chicago Public Schools. Lunch and bus transportation are provided at no cost to participating schools.  

DePaul works with CPS in identifying schools to participate in D-MEN events. If you would like your school to be considered, please contact Amanda Parada-Villatoro at or Miguel Saucedo at