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Support available in wake of Van Dyke trial verdict, Supreme Court Justice confirmation

St. Vincent's circle
(DePaul University/Josh Woo)
Last week was challenging for many members of our community as we awaited the verdict of the Van Dyke trial and followed the Supreme Court Justice confirmation hearing. As these events take place within the broader cultural landscape where our country grapples with issues of equity and justice, the media is saturated with discussion of both police brutality and sexual violence. While this dialogue is important, we recognize the impact these conversations may have on members of our community. 

We encourage you to consider whether participating in the following programs or utilizing our campus resources may be helpful to you.

Reporting options

Survivor Support Advocates (confidential)

The four professional staff members in Health Promotion and Wellness are trained Survivor Support Advocates and are able to provide a confidential, safe and affirming space for survivors of sexual violence, friends and family members of survivors, and any DePaul community member who needs a space to process. Staff have in-depth knowledge of resources on both DePaul’s campus and in the greater Chicago area. Schedule an appointment to speak with a Survivor Support Advocate:, (773) 325-7129 
Hannah Retzkin, the Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Specialist, (773) 325-7295.

For more information and resources regarding Sexual and Relationship Violence, please visit and the Title IX website​.

Request programming: Sexual Violence, Consent and How to Support Survivors

Request programming on sexual violence, consent, how to support survivors of sexual violence, or any other program related to interpersonal violence.

For more information and resources please visit

Interfaith and Interreligious Prayer Trellis (began Oct. 5)
  • St. Louise de Marillac Chapel
    Lincoln Park Student Center, First Floor
Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to write prayers on ribbons and tie them to a trellis. 

The St. Louise de Marillac Chapel and Interfaith Sacred Space will also be open for private prayer throughout the day. 

Daily Mass:  Celebrate and pray
  • Loop
    Daily, Monday through Friday
    Miraculous Medal Chapel, Lewis Center, First Floor

  • Lincoln Park
    Daily, Monday through Friday
    St. Louise de Marillac chapel, Lincoln Park Student Center, First Floor
Taizé Prayer
  • Tuesday nights
    8 p.m.
    St. Louise de Marillac Chapel, Lincoln Park Student Center, First Floor
This is a place for intentions and prayers for our friends, neighbors, city, country and world. 

Meet with Vincentian priests, Daughters of Charity or Catholic pastoral ministers
  • Monday-Thursday, Oct. 8 - 12 
    9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Student Center
Dignity for All posters/stickers

Contact the Office of Mission and Ministry in Lincoln Park and pick up your poster and share our commitment to upholding the dignity of every person: 773-325-7902, Lincoln Park Student Center, suite 311

Do You Need Someone to Talk To? 
  • Monday through Friday
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment
    Lincoln Park Student Center, Suite 311
 In the context of a number of polarizing events in our world, you may need to talk. Mission and Ministry staff and members of our Vincentian family are available to accompany you. Conversations with clergy are strictly confidential and clergy are not required to report to authorities. Please contact any one of the following: 
  • Fr. Dan Borlick (773-325-4676) (Catholic priest)
  • Rev. Diane Dardon (773-325-4792) (Protestant/Lutheran pastor)
  • Rev. Keith Baltimore (773-325-1191) (Protestant/Pentecostal pastor)
  • Abdul-Malik Ryan (312-362-5896) (Muslim Imam)
Prayer Vigil for Healing 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10
    Gather at 8 p.m., vigil at 8:15 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Student Center, Egan Statue
Join in a candlelight procession to St. Vincent’s Circle where a brief moment of prayer will be led by members of the many faith communities at DePaul. Pray for victims of violence, survivors of abuse and for healing of individuals and our community and world. 

Prior to gathering for the procession, join in community for:
  • Coexist Café
    6 - 8 p.m. 
    Lincoln Park Student Center, Brownstone Annex
Free beverages and snacks

Walk to 'Outcry' Exhibit at DePaul Art Museum
  • Thursday, Oct. 11
    4:30 p.m.
    Meet in the Lincoln Park Student Center, suite 311 to walk to museum together
This exhibit generates awareness and encourage viewers to consider important issues directly related to sexism, racism and classism, as well as the resilience of survivors.

For Students:  Dig Deeper Series
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Loop, TBD
Be with Office of Multicultural Student Success (and guest) to reflect, decompress and recharge while examining the passing of Laquan McDonald and the criminal justice system. We are providing a space where you can #justBE.
For staff: OMSS Reads, Brown Bag Lunch
  • Every Thursday
    Oct. 25 - Dec. 20
    12 - 1 p.m.
    Lincoln Park Student Center, suite 105 
Book:  'Trauma Stewardship'
A longtime trauma worker, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky offers a deep and empathetic survey of the often-unrecognized toll on those working to make the world a better place. Through 'Trauma Stewardship,' we are called to develop a quality of mindful presence, joining the wisdom of ancient cultural traditions with modern psychological research.