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Irwin W. Steans Center

Welcome to The Steans Center

The Steans Center, Egan Office, and the ABCD Institute stand firmly against police violence targeting Black Lives, policies that promote systemic racism, and institutions that condone white supremacy.  We are committed to working toward, and reflecting upon, change in solidarity with those who struggle in our communities for freedom, justice, and equality.

Steans Center in the News

How DePaul students engaged with the community during an unpredictable year

Student book club at Cook County Jail perseveres amid pandemic

Center partners with Australian Catholic University on community engagement

Service Learning During a Time of Pandemic and Protest

Upcoming Events

October 4-6, 2021, 5 p.m. each day
The 2021 ACU and DePaul University Online Conference​ on Community Engagement and Service-Learning
Pandemic, Pivots and Potentials

October 12 & 14, 2021
Learn more about the importance of the university’s Collaboratory portal and leveraging community engagement and public service data.  
Oct. 12, 2-3:30p CST - Using data on campus, with Steans Executive Director Howard Rosing and a panel of senior leaders  
Oct. 14, 2-3:30p CST - The “State of Collaboratory”, sharing data and cultural trends across a network of 40+ colleges and universities.
Space is limited; register soon!

Fridays in October

Steans Center Online ​Community Engagement (OCE) Live

All events from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Click here to RSVP
• Oct. 8 - Bystander Intervention Training: Responding to Anti-Asian Hate
• Oct. 15 - Mental Health and VAX Hesitancy
• Oct. 22 - Charity v. Revolution
• Oct. 29 - Chicago's Children Advocacy Center Training

Faculty Engagement Initiatives
All events are from 10 a.m. - noon via Zoom
Oct. 14 - Prof. Susanne Suffredin (CDM) and Community Partners
Oct. 15​ - Prof. Tim Elliott (WRD) and Community Partners

Online Community Engagement Enhances Service Learning

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It was Spring 2020 and ​​the Steans Center faced a challenge unlike anything in its almost twenty years of supporting service learning at DePaul: how to safely engage  students with community when they were no longer attending class in person. During a typical  spring term, DePaul has approximately 1000 students engaged with Chicago communities through courses. That Spring, the Center shifted course and staff created Online Community Engagement (OCE), a program faculty employ to encourage dialogue on select topics relevant to curriculum, communities and students. 


Harrison I. Steans Graduate Fellowship 

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Apply for Graduate Student Funding

Winter Quarter Deadline (Extended): 10/31/21

The Harrison I. Steans Graduate Fellowship supports DePaul students accepted and enrolled in any graduate degree program.

Fellowship projects are designed collaboratively with off-campus organizational partners, focus on social equity, and draw inspiration from the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Graduate fellows directly apply disciplinary knowledge and skills to build capacity within communities to work toward sustainable social, economic, and/or environmental change.

Fellowships are awarded quarterly, consists of 100 hours per quarter, and are renewable for up to three consecutive quarters.

To apply, click here

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