From: Linda Bendixen
Date: January 31, 2022
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - January 2022

January 2022

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

Steans Center 20th Anniversary Flashback - Winter 2008 - Take Back the Halls

Take Back the Halls

We flashback this month to our Winter 2008 newsletter, which featured an article about students participating in Take Back the Halls: Ending Violence and Relationships in Schools, a partnership between DePaul's Women & Gender Research Initiative, leaders from the women's advocacy organization Taking Back Our Lives, and North Lawndale College Prep, Roberto Clemente High School, and Nicholas Senn High School. The Steans Center continues to partner with Women's and Gender Studies with community-based service learning courses.  Contact us for more information about how you can be involved.

Upcoming Events

Fri., Feb. 4, 10 a.m. - noon
CbSL Faculty Workshop

Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 9 a.m. or Thursday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m.
ABCD in Action - Global Gathering: How Does Gratitude Fit into Asset-Based Community Development

Saturdays, Jan. 29 - Feb. 19, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
ABCD Institute Introduction to Asset-based Community Development workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 1, 11:50 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Crimmigration:  Interrogating the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Immigration

Thursday, Feb. 17 at 9 a.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m.
ABCD in Action - Global Gathering: Neighboring

Friday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. - noon
Chicago Mosaics - Community Healing:  Hip Hop Therapy
Click here to register on Eventbrite

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

McCormick Community Internship Open

 The Steans Center is now accepting McCormick Community Internship applications for the 2022 Spring quarter.  Apply by Monday, March 28, 2022 on Campus Job Board. For more details, visit:

Faculty Workshop

Community-based service learning and community engagement provide students with the opportunity to reflect on how they see themselves and others, to challenge their assumptions, and to reframe what the distribution of power means both for them and for those with whom they work for social justice.  It also encourages DePaul educators to reflect on their own values as they teach about issues of social oppression and social justice and work in concert with community partners.  This session will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to consider issues of intersectionality, privilege, identity formation, and partnering with the community; many practical resources will be offered as well.  Not experienced, or not experienced recently with service learning?  Take this opportunity to learn from colleagues who are engaging with our Chicago community in meaningful ways!  

Led by 
•       Administrator Luciano Berardi, TRIO
•       Professor Olya Glantsman, Community Psychology
•       Exec. Dir. Sebastian White, Evolved Network, Chicago community partner
•       Professor Eric Brown, Counseling and Education

Fri., Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. - noon, on Zoom; Introduction to Community-based Service Learning video available to view before you attend: new half-hour video.  
Please RSVP by Jan. 31 or before at: Negotiating Identity in the Classroom and the Community:  Privilege and Social Justice  If you are not available at this time, we can arrange for an alternate session.
Related information:
The Certificate Program 
·         Workshops:  Introduction, Authentic Partnerships, Reflection, Negotiating Identity 
         ABCD Community Immersion Faculty Institute
·         Project TBD Individually (Due by August 25, 2022)
·         $350 Stipend

Hope to see you to discuss this important issue! 

Ask Us About Collaboratory

Collaboratory is the platform for collecting, tracking and reporting the university’s community engagement and public service activities.  Collaboratory provides opportunities to strategically communicate what faculty, staff and students are doing with community to foster reciprocal partnerships, and to promote the contributions DePaul is making to community as it relates to institutional goals and mission. Log in to Collaboratory using your campus connect password to enter your activities.  Let us know how you are answering the Vincentian question of community engagement.  Contact Barbara Smith for more information about Collaboratory at

ABCD Upcoming Events

Save the dates!

Between February and June 2022, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute will host a series of free virtual story sharing sessions on "ABCD in Higher Education." The series will showcase examples of how faculty, staff, and students at universities and colleges are intentionally doing - or trying to do - their work using an asset or strengths-based approach, within their institutions or in their work with community partners. 

Upcoming sessions will be held February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17 and June 21 all at 11 a.m. CST.

To receive information about registering for these upcoming events sign up here.

ABCD in Action Global Gathering: What if “Neighbor” Meant More Than Just the People Living Next Door?
Let's explore what it might symbolize and could actually look like if we made the word "neighbor" mean something more than just the people who live immediately around you. What new resident-led, participant-driven, or grassroots collaborations could happen in your area if we focused some attention on our streets? As they ask in Calgary, what if building deep connections, developing your leadership skills, and creating a better world all start on your block?

ABCD in Action Global Gathering: Neighboring
Join either gathering: Thursday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. or Wednesday, Feb. 23, 5 p.m.  For more information, click here.

Battling Redlining for a Just Economy

On November 12th, the Steans Center and Egan Office at DePaul welcomed author and historian Rebecca K. Marchiel to discuss her book "After Redlining: The Urban Reinvestment Movement in the Era of Financial Deregulation". We were joined by Marchiel and Chicago activists including Prexy Nesbitt to learn more about ways community organizing and political activism have encouraged community investment and how the city continues to move forward on issues of housing equality and the accountability of financial institutions.  You can watch this event on YouTube here.

We Have Job Opportunities!

The following positions are open at the Steans Center and Egan Office:

Steans Center

Egan Office (see flyers that follow for details)

  • Family Engagement and Coalition Liaison
  • School and Community Organizer
  • Community Partners Internship (CPI) Coordinator
  • Tutor/Mentor

Just DePaul is Hiring Student Workers

1. Experience Designer Job Description
You should consider applying if:

  • You get excited about building something from the ground up
  • You often find yourself making spreadsheets, diagrams, or pictures to diagnose or solve problems
  • You love the idea of building organizational infrastructure to support social and environmental justice efforts in Chicago and beyond

2. Communications Manager Job Description
You should consider applying if:

  • You love using data and insights to make groundbreaking stories and ideas accessible and compelling to a broad audience
  • You get energy from working collaboratively and using your skills to help others achieve their goals
  • You are ready to reshape the conversation about social and environmental justice efforts in Chicago and beyond

PAX Courses for Spring Quarter

Contact Us

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