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​​ The Steans Center supports special initiatives in collaboration with students, community partners and faculty. 

Multi-Faith Veteran Initiative

The Multi-Faith Veteran Initiative, housed at DePaul University’s Egan Office for Urban Education & Community Partnerships (UECP) at the Steans Center, works in partnership with communities to develop an extended reach of support to improve the quality of life for Veterans and Veteran Families.

Sustainable Urban Food Systems

The Sustainable Urban Food Systems Initiative seeks to channel DePaul resources toward the development of a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable food system in the Chicago Metropolitan Region.

The Initiative supports curriculum development focused on sustainable urban food systems, community-based research, student and faculty technical assistance, service-learning projects and paid internships. 

Inside-Out Prison Exchange

DePaul's Inside-Out program​ is a direct reflection of the university's Catholic identity and Vincentian mission to respect the dignity of each person. This personalism is manifested through solidarity with those who live in the most dire circumstances. The university's Community Service Studies Minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences engages prisoners as equals through facilitating the offering of courses onsite at Stateville Correctional Center outside Joliet, Illinois and at Cook County Jail on Chicago's Southwest Side. These courses bring DePaul students and inmates to together to learn as peers, engaging in a variety of topics depending on the faculty member and the course offering.