From: Linda Bendixen
Date: April 29
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - April 2022

April 2022

News from the Steans CenterEgan Office, and ABCD Institute at DePaul University.

Steans Center 20th Anniversary Flashback - 2010!

Flashback - Service Speaks!

This month we flashback to May 8, 2010 and the third annual Service Speaks Conference.  Our keynote speaker that year was Jill Mairn, communications and programs director of the Restavek Foundation, an organization aimed at ending childhood slavery in Haiti through education, advocacy work, and investment.  The conference also addressed issues such as prison policy reform, homelessness, immigration, healthcare, and youth justice.

These topics continue to resonate with our Community Service Scholars.  On Friday, May 20, we will host the 15th annual Service Speaks conference and students will speak about these topics and more.  This year's keynote speaker is Mikki Kendall. 

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 29, noon - 3 p.m.
Jumpstart Materials Creation Event

Saturday, May 7
Vincentian Service Day

Thursday, May 19, 5 p.m.
26th Annual LatinX Graduation Celebration

Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Service Speaks, 1 p.m. Keynote Address by Mikki Kendall

Thursday, May 26, 5 p.m.
26th Annual LatinX Graduation Celebration
ABCD Sharing Stories:

May 17, 11 a.m. -   Dara Pruszenski, University of Pittsburgh - A Student's REview of Fiscal Sponsorship and its Impact on Racial Equity

June 21: David Taylor, Niagara University - Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-based Learning Course

July 19:  Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University - Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement

ABCD Introduction to Asset-based Community Development workshop
Meets on four Fridays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.:  May 27, June 3, 10 and 17

Click on the links below for information on upcoming events at Member Organizations

Mikki Kendall Keynote Event

On Friday, May 20, the Service Speaks conference will be in person at the Lincoln Park Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The conference will conclude with a keynote event featuring Mikki Kendall, DePaul alumna and author of Hood Feminism.

The schedule is as follows:
• 10 a.m.  Opening statement & student panel
• 11 a.m.  Student presentations
• 12:15 p.m.  Lunch
• 1 p.m.  Keynote speaker: Mikki Kendall
People not attending the conference may attend only the keynote event featuring Mikki Kendall. RSVP here.

Service Speaks Conference - Friday, May 20

Graduating Community Service Studies Scholars and selected CbSL students will be presenting at the 2022 Service Speaks Conference on Friday, May 20th at the Lincoln Park Student Center.

You’re Invited to Join Collaboratory

All faculty and staff involved in institution-related community engagement and public service are invited to contribute their activities to Collaboratory at DePaul.  We need your participation as we seek to generate the most comprehensive understanding of engagement at DePaul.  

You may report any community engagement or public service associated with your teaching, research and service. Not only will you be organizing your community-based activities in one location, but you will help centralize this invaluable information for our institution.  Learn more about the benefits of participation HERE.

Collaboratory is easy for you to use -- to get started, log-in using your campus connect password at  Once you have logged in the first time, you can create your personal profile, begin contributing community engagement or public service activities, invite a proxy to create an activity on your behalf, and invite your faculty/staff partners to also join Collaboratory. You only need to enter your data once a term.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask our portal administrator Steans Center Associate Director Barbara Smith at

ABCD Upcoming Events

A Student's Review of Fiscal Sponsorship and its Impact on Racial Equity

May 17, 11 a.m. CST (1 - 1.5 hours) 

Dara Pruszenski will present on her experience as a student in academia, researching and learning about community organizing and human behavior and how that curriculum helps others to understand the complex relations of culture, power, systems of oppression, and the history and possible future movements for social justice.  Using that framework Dara, along with colleague Arwen Davis, will discuss fiscal sponsorship, what it is and how Side Project Inc. assists individuals and grassroots projects to recognize their own strengths and assets of their community by using the Asset-Based Community Development framework.

Dara Pruszenski is a second-year social work graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Arwen Davis is the COO of Side Project Inc and a task supervisor for SPI's social work interns. Arwen has supervised both community organizing and direct practice social work students for nearly a decade and has worked with the ABDC model since 2010.

REGISTER for this FREE event.

Upcoming Sessions: 
June 21: David Taylor,  Niagara University - Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-Based Learning Course

July 19: Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University - Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement

Sign up for ABCD Institute event announcement list to receive information about these future events. 

The ABCD Institute is holding an18-hour virtual Introduction to Asset-based Community Development workshop.  This course will meet over four Fridays: May 27, June 3, 10 and 17 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Central Time. 

The ABCD Institute is reserving FREE spaces for DePaul faculty, staff and students.  Email Kim Hopes at if you are interested in taking advantage of this offer

Click here for more information about workshop content.

You're Invited to Jumpstart's Materials Creation Event

The Egan Office would like to invite you all to Jumpstart’s Materials Creation Event happening next week! During this event, we will be creating materials that our Jumpstart tutors use with the preschool children they work with. Some of these materials include construction paper books, cut outs for collages, labels, pizza toppings made from tissue paper and more! Come help us create while you enjoy some food and drinks! More details below and in attached flyer.
What: Jumpstart Materials Creation Event
Where: Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 314B
When: Friday, April 29 Noon - 3 p.m.*
*You do not have to stay the whole time, join us even if you only have 15 minutes! 

This event can be used for Service Learning or Community Service hours requirements.

Interested in Sustainable Food Systems?  
Interested in Community Mapping?
Interested in Studying Abroad?

Join us in the Dominican Republic (DR) this December 2022 for the fourth iteration of an amazing program that combines service-learning, community mapping, social justice and sustainable food systems.  
The program focuses on how contemporary rural and urban development issues are deeply embedded in the colonial and postcolonial history and political economy of the DR, Haiti and the island of Hispaniola.
The highlight of the program is a trip to Rio Limpio near the border of the DR and Haiti to engage DePaul students in a knowledge exchange service learning program with sustainable agriculture high school students. DePaul students trained in mapping during the Fall Term educate CREAR students on community mapping, while the latter instruct DePaul students on local sustainable agricultural practices. Students are introduced to the country in the heartland city of Santiago, founded in 1495, and historically the center of the country’s Tobacco production and industry. In recent decades the city has expanded rapidly as a result of international investment in export processing zones among other forms of industrialization.
Expert lectures and a pre-trip Global Learning Experience component with the university Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra introduce students to the development and food justice challenges faced by the DR and Haiti.  The program includes homestays with families in Santiago, visits to local markets, engagement with local university students, and lectures from NGOS focused on social justice. During a two-day excursion to the oldest European city in the Americas, Santo Domingo, students reflect on the problematic colonial history of the Americas, visit the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, hear from expert university lecturers on politics, economics and the DR food system, and engage with students from St. Vincent de DePaul High School.  Service-learning is interwoven throughout.
Students end the program by visiting Cabarete, a coastal town on the north coast of the Dominican Republic for three days. On the way to Cabarete we meet with cacao farmers and workers from CONACADO, an organic, fair trade, cacao producer in the Eastern Cibao, one of the richest agricultural regions in the world. This gives students the experience of seeing, tasting, and learning about alternative forms of cash crop production that have a strong social justice focus. In Cabarete we engage in service learning with the Mariposa DR Foundation where students learn about how Dominican and Haitian girls are engaged in innovative social and environmental justice leadership programs.  
Plan to take GIS (GEO 141/ SUD 490) in Fall 2022 and Community Food Systems/Sustainable Urban Food Systems (CSS 320/ SUD 420) during the Winter Quarter.  (If you have taken either of these courses, no worries, we will work out a special topics course number for you.)  Graduate students only need to take one of the two courses.   Apply here.
Not convinced? Watch the video*!
*Note: the application deadline in video is incorrect; apply soon - deadline is in May.

PAX Course Schedule - Fall 2022

ASL Team in Vincentian Heritage Journal, Special Edition e-Book

The Steans Center is pleased to announce that its Academic Service Learning Team and Online Community Engagement program are part of the Vincentian Heritage Journal e-book, 2020 and Beyond: DePaul University’s Community Responds to Crises.  This special issue managed by Prof. Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée, the Dennis Holtschneider Chair of Vincentian Studies at DePaul University, features an opening from A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD, DePaul University’s president, a theological reflection from Guillermo Campuzano, C.M., vice president of the Division of Mission and Ministry, and a wide variety of contributions from prominent faculty, staff, and university affiliates. From articles, to photos, to poetry, to collections of student artwork, each of these fourteen works is devoted to the Vincentian response to the crises that enveloped us in 2020, and that indeed continues to this day. 

To download the complete book for iPad or PC, please click here
Individual .pdfs for each article are also available for download here

Dr. Ramos on Inaugural FY@broad Program

During spring break, a group of first-year students traveled to Ecuador through the FY@broad program - the first such trip for this initiative. Led by Biological Sciences Professor Windsor Aguirre and Steans Center Associate Director Monica Ramos, the DePaul group visited high-elevation Andean paramo, Andean cloud forest, Amazonian rainforest and coastal/island ecosystems. 

Prom Dress Giveaway

Project Embrace is hosting its annual Prom Dress Giveaway.  ORganizers comb through hundreds of donations and make sure they are only putting out dresses that are of good quality and style. The young ladies also get to choose a pair of shoes and jewelry to go with their dress and on some occasions when they have had a surplus of dresses, they allow the girls to take another dress to use for their graduation. For those looking to donate formal dresses, accessories and/or gift cards for the raffle, they can be dropped off at one of our partner sites, Herrera Law Center at 4252 N Cicero Ave, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. If this location does not work, donations also could be dropped off the evening before the event at Lawndale Christian Health Center, 3750 W. Ogden Ave between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. If neither of these locations work, please contact:
Stephanie Loera Herrera 

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