From: Linda Bendixen
Date: February 28, 2022
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - February 2022

February 2022

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

Steans Center 20th Anniversary Flashback - 2009

Community Service Scholars

Happy 20th Anniversary, Steans! We continue to celebrate 20 years of Community-based Service Learning by flashing back to events and articles from newsletters past. This month we flash back to 2009 and an article on our Community Service Scholars. CSS continues to feature prominently here. The Winter Retreat will be Friday, March 4. Current CSS juniors and seniors can apply to be peer mentors. And DePaul freshman are eligible to apply to become Community Service Scholars. Check it all out!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Jumpstart Material Creation Event

Wednesday, March 2, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
bell hooks: an evening of remembrance

Friday, March 4, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
CSS Winter Retreat - Community discussion of "Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That A Movement Forgot" by Mikki Kendall

Tuesday, March 16
ABCD Institute: Sharing Stories
Using ABCD in Creating Sustainable Univerity Neighborhood Partnerships

Wednesdays, March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 27 and May 4, noon - 3 p.m.
ABCD Institute Workshop: An Introduction to ABCD

Friday, May 20
Service Speaks

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

  • Campus CompactAll events
  • CUMU (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities)  - All programming
  • IARSLCE (International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement) - Home page
  • IRRPP (Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy) - Programs and Events
    • March 10, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Annual Bowman Lecture featuring Emory Law Professor Dorothy A. Brown
    • • March 11, noon - 2 p.m. - The politics of bed space activism
    • •Video from our UCAN & IRRPP event on the impact of COVID-19 on the Black community
  • IUPUI (Indiana University) - Community Engagement events
  • Uniservitate - All events

Welcome back, Miranda!

Congratulations, Kaliah!

The Steans Center is proud to announce the return of Miranda Standberry-Wallace, now Associate Director, Academic Service Learning, and the promotion to full-time of Kaliah Liggons, Community Development Program Manager.

We welcome Miranda Standberry-Wallace back to the Steans Center as the new Associate Director of Academic Service Learning. Miranda is a visionary innovative development specialist and master collaborator who focuses on the betterment of people, businesses, and communities. At Steans, Miranda’s work will focus on leading the ASL team; the team is charged with making connections essential to supporting Community-based Service Learning experiences for students and faculty that result in relevant and meaningful service with the community, academic learning, and civic learning.  She rejoins the Steans Center after recently serving as Community Relations and Engagement Manager at Northwestern University’s Office of Community Education Partnerships where she led the organization, logistics, and communications in sustainable STEAM collectives involving key stakeholders such as community members, parents and families, organization leaders, program leads, and school district leaders in both Evanston and Chicago. She is also Adjunct Faculty at DePaul and serves on numerous boards and committees with missions that reflect her own call to action to uplift people of color by partnering with families, communities, and businesses on initiatives that combat oppression, poverty, and violence. Miranda earned a bachelor's degree in social entrepreneurship and master's degree in business information technology. A southsider native to Chicago and a DePaul double-demon alum, Miranda holds the city near to heart and embodies DePaul’s Vincentian mission.

Kaliah Liggons is the Community Development Program Manager at the Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning.  She began at the Steans Center in 2016 as an Academic Service Learning (ASL) Administrative Assistant while pursuing her graduate degree.  She is currently responsible for developing Community-based Service Learning courses with faculty and researching and building relationships with Chicagoland area community organizations and ASL colleagues who support DePaul’s service learning students. Kaliah graduated in June 2018 from DePaul’s School of Public Service with a Master of Public Administration degree with a specialization in Public Management.  She also holds a B.A. in Sociology and a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL.  Her professional interests include education reform, youth advocacy, social injustice, and homelessness. She is a wanderlust, foodie and lover of all things Music!

Welcome back, Miranda! Congratulations, Kaliah! We are so grateful that you both are part of our team.

Service Speaks - Student Nominations

Dear Faculty,

The Steans Center's annual Service Speaks Conference will be in person at the Lincoln Park Student Center on Friday, May 20. Please nominate a student, or group of students, demonstrating excellence by Thursday, March 10, by completing this Google Form:

Students nominated by March 10 will have the opportunity to present their work at the conference and be featured in our commemorative chapbook. We look forward to seeing your student nominations!

CSS Winter Retreat

We are excited to announce the CSS Winter Retreat taking place Friday, March 4, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will be joined by the College of Communication to host a discussion on the book, "Hood Feminism: Notes From The Women A Movement Forgot" by Mikki Kendall. Scholars are expected to have read the book prior to participating and are required to attend the event in full.
Register here.  For questions, please contact Rumi at


Sign up and become a member of Collaboratory, the university’s tool for collecting, tracking, and reporting community engagement and public service activities. Collaboratory provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to document how they foster reciprocal community partnerships that promote and contribute to DePaul’s mission.

  • Are you looking to identify potential community and campus partners to collaborate with?

  • Are you looking to align service projects with pressing community issues?

  • Are you looking to understand ways in which the university is working in and with Chicago neighborhoods?

Log in to Collaboratory using your campus connect password to explore Collaboratory and add your community engagement activities. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Smith at

ABCD Upcoming Events

The ABCD Institute is holding an18-hour virtual Introduction to Asset-based Community Development workshop. This course will meet over six Wednesdays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 27 and May 4 from noon to 3 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

For more information about workshop content see our Pdf flyer.

Using ABCD in Creating Sustainable University Neighborhood Partnerships

March 15 - 11 a.m. CST (1 - 1.5 hours)
Kimberly Schmit, Director of Community Praxis, University Neighborhood Partners, University of Utah
Erick Garcia, West Valley City Resident and Partnership Manager, University of Utah, University Neighborhood Partners

REGISTER for this FREE event. Click here to sign up for notices about this series and other ABCD Events.

CSS Peer Mentor Position

Peer Mentors are Junior and Senior level students in their second or third year of the CSS Scholarship Program. Check D2L for more details and email Graduate Coordinator Rumi at with questions. Applications are open until the end of February.

Steans Graduate Fellowship - Apply!

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 their disciplinary knowledge and skills to build capacity within communities to work toward sustainable social, economic, and/or environmental change.  Fellowship funding can be awarded to support required internships.

Fellowships are awarded every academic quarter to begin during the subsequent quarter. The fellowship consists of 100 hours per quarter and are renewable for up to three consecutive quarters pending quarterly review by the Steans Center. Applicants can propose projects for the duration of one, two, or three terms (consecutively). Fellows receive a quarterly stipend for up to three terms in the amount of $1,800 per term ($5,400 maximum) for masters-level students and $2,000 per term ($6,000 maximum) for doctoral students. During each term of the fellowship, fellows engage in a group reflections on their projects with Steans Center staff. Fellows may be able to pursue academic credit for their fellowship projects within their respective graduate programs (see graduate program director).├óÔé¼ÔÇ╣

Click here for more information and application details.

Contact Us

Have comments or questions? Please email Executive Director Howard Rosing.
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