Community engagement is a vital aspect of DePaul’s Catholic, Vincentian and urban mission. Since its founding in 1898, community engagement has been central to our institutional identity and practice. DePaul has long been an anchor institution in the city of Chicago, and today we continue to work with diverse communities at the local, national and international levels. Through various modes of community engagement—including community-based service learning and internships, project-based learning, and community-based research—DePaul students, faculty, staff and alumni help to advance St. Vincent de Paul’s vision for a more equitable and just world.
At DePaul, we seek to foster respectful, reciprocal and sustained community partnerships. In 2019, DePaul’s Council on Community Engagement, in consultation with a wide range of DePaul’s faculty, staff, students and community partners, adopted four principles to help guide community engagement work at the university.
Principle of respect for individuals, communities and their resources.
Explore and learn more about DePaul’s many current community engagement projects and partnerships through our Collaboratory database. The DePaul community is encouraged to help grow this database by entering additional community engagement projects not currently listed. If you are involved in a community engagement project and would like it to be included in Collaboratory or if would like guidance about how to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and a brief description of the project.