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About Steans Center

The work of the Steans Center is a direct reflection of DePaul's Catholic, Vincentian and Urban mission​. The Center provides an academic bridge between the University and community that supports student learning, community development and faculty teaching and scholarship.

Our Mission

The Steans Center develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to engage DePaul students in educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian values of respect for human dignity and the quest for social justice.

We accomplish this by engaging DePaul students and faculty in community partnerships that:

Advocate for the rights of all people to ensure equal opportunity and fair access to resources that satisfy basic human needs of housing, health, education, employment, safety, and a livable environment.

Support an intellectual and social environment at DePaul where a plurality of world views, cultural diversity, and value systems are respected, understood, encouraged and appreciated, and where students, faculty and community are empowered to become active participants in shaping a more equitable, egalitarian, and livable world.

Build, through service, research and technical assistance, the capacity of communities to realize their self-defined goals and objectives.

Implement community-engaged educational programs and practices that are egalitarian, equitable, and effective for a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and communities.

Encourage curriculum development and scholarship that highlights the value of knowledge indigenous to communities, a critical, self-reflexive approach to community engagement, ethical values, and the role of community engagement in building a participatory democracy.

Develop with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners a reciprocal, mutual, and trusting process to build authentic campus-community partnerships within a broader social context that addresses power relations. ​​​​