Egan Office > Community Impact > Urban School Initiative
The Urban School Initiative serves as a catalyst to improve and expand access to DePaul resources—departments, faculty, and students, in respectful and mutually beneficial ways. We aim to improve access to and coordination of university-wide resources and integral efforts supporting Urban Schools (Catholic and Public Schools). USI promotes a more comprehensive, strengths-based, community-building approach to our work with urban school partners and their communities. It also opens an ongoing dialogue with schools about their changing needs.
Our school-based teams spark academic achievement through mentoring, experiential and project-based learning, and community connections. Every unit at our partner schools consists of a group of undergraduate students and a graduate student designed as a School Community Organizer (SCO). The same team supports the school for at least an academic year.
For inquiries regarding the Urban School Initiative, contact the Associate Director, Monica Ramos.