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Senior Vick-Ariel Privert’s logo selected for DePaul’s 125th anniversary

DePaul's 125th anniversary logo
After reviewing nearly 50 submissions, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences senior​​ Vick-Ariel Privert's logo was selected to represent DePaul's 125th anniversary. (DePaul University/Vick-Ariel Privert)

In 2020, while preparing to celebrate ​head of the university's 125th anniversary during the 2022-23 academic year, DePaul challenged students to enter the 125th Anniversary Logo Design Challenge. The selected logo would be incorporated in the university's year-long marketing efforts and the student designer would receive a $3,000 scholarship.

After much consideration, the 125th anniversary planning committee selected senior Vick-Ariel Privert's design. She is from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and is currently working on a combined degree program where she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Science in Public Health. She also is the president of DePaul's Black Student Union. In this Q&A, she talks  about her motivation for​​ entering the contest and about her inspiration for the logo.  

In this Q&A, she talks about her inspiration for the logo and her motivation for entering the contest.
Headshot of Vick-Ariel Privert
(Image courtesy of Vick-Ariel Privert)

What made you want to enter the logo design contest?

A friend of mine sent me information about the design contest. I really wanted to use the opportunity to test my skills and engage with DePaul in a new way.

What was the inspiration behind your design?

My design was inspired by a few different things. This includes DePaul's core Vincentian values, the university's distinguishing characteristics and its commitment to improving our society's future.

I wanted to encapsulate the DePaul spirit in its true essence, while speaking to the Congregation of the Mission, the resilient student body and the city of Chicago—which sits on unceded land of the Council of the Three Fires, and other tribes to which this area means home.

What does your logo mean?

There's a degree of subjectivity in this design. Anyone looking at it can draw their own connections to DePaul and the mission we boast of so proudly. In a way, that is the meaning of this logo. Our university is a place where people from all walks of life can carefully establish the legacy that they want to leave behind while benefiting from DePaul's many resources and connections.

To download her design, visit DePaul's 125th anniversary website.​