From: Linda Bendixen
Date: August 19
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - July/August 2022

July/August 2022

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

Steans Center Flashback 2012: Inside-Out

DePaul donates Zoom Monitor to Stateville Correctional Center Summer 2022

Flashback to 2012 . . . and Last Month!

In 2012, through support from the Steans Center, Community Service Studies launched DePaul's Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.  DePaul trains faculty and students to learn together with students on the inside of the prison system as part of a national program established at and supported by the Inside-Out Center at Temple University.

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.

On Friday, July 22, Steans Center Associate Director Helen Damon-Moore delivered a DTEN system to Stateville (pictured above on the Stateville dock) to provide enhanced interactive capabilities between faculty and students, both inside and out.

Upcoming Events

Fridays at noon
Academic Service Learning Community Partner Orientation

Sept. 13, 5 p.m. & Sept. 15, 9 a.m.
ABCD Global Gatherings

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

Community Partner Orientation Series

Fridays at noon through August 19

DePaul University’s Steans Center Academic Service Learning team invites you to our weekly Community Partner Orientation series.  We have an array of partnership opportunities and we are excited to share them with you!
Please sign up to learn more about the Steans Center’s partnership opportunities. These weekly presentations will take no more than 30 minutes and there will be time for Q & A.  You may use this link to register for the online event.  Please share with your team and any other nonprofit community partner who might be interested in learning of partnership opportunities with the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning.  New and interested community organizations welcome.
We will cover: 
• Introduction to the Steans Center in context of DePaul University
• Types of Service Learning Partnerships: Direct Service (hour commitment), Project-based, Advocacy, Solidarity, and Hybrid-mixed Model
• Internship opportunities for student-partner collaborations
• Community Partner requirements, expectations and onboarding
• Steans Center commitment to mutually beneficial partnerships: Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach

Steans Faculty Community Institute 

The annual Steans Faculty Community Institute took place June 23-24, bringing together faculty and staff from DePaul and guests from Nixon High School, with facilitator Mark Chupp from Case Western Reserve University. Participants took part in an interactive, community-based training that took them around Chicago to meet community partners and leaders and learn from them. The training fostered and bolstered connections between DePaul and the community, as well as brought forward many ideas as to how to more effectively incorporate Asset-Based Community Development into DePaul’s work.

John Zeigler Published in Black Men's Health

Egan Office Director John Zeigler has been published in "Black Men's Health" (Yarneccia D. Dyson, Vanessa Robinson-Dooley, and Jerry Watson, editors).  "Black Masculinity Remixed", John and co-author Troy Harden's chapter, "unpacks current sensibilities concerning Black masculinity, particularly within the context of historical, structural, and interpersonal violence and racialized trauma."  The book as a whole "explores Black men's health across the lifespan via multiple lenses & respects the Black male experience as complex." 

Congratulations, John!

Spotlight - McCormick Intern Tiffani Abels

Tiffani Abels is a McCormick Intern at Just Roots, a sustainable, urban farming group in Chicago. She began working with Just Roots for an Experiential Learning course in SQ 2022, and has stayed on this summer to continue her work. Just Roots provides locally grown, fresh produce to the community through donations to the local food pantry and hospital, through its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and at farmer’s markets. All of these endeavors aim to get healthy, local produce to the community.  
When at the farm, Tiffani takes on many roles, from trellising tomatoes to harvesting to cleaning to washing and preparing produce for the CSA. She works alongside other volunteers, interns, and farm staff to ensure that each of the day’s tasks is completed. It is important that produce be harvested when it is at its best, and Tiffani can do that with ease. Her commitment to Just Roots, sustainability, and helping provide produce for the community is clear when seeing the work and time she puts into her internship.  
On Friday, July 15, the focus was on harvesting, cleaning, and prepping vegetables for the CSA and farmer’s market. Tiffani helped pick rainbow chard and beets, washed the beets, and then did some of the farm chores. It was a rainy, yet productive day. 

Service Speaks 2022 on YouTube

We are excited to share that the recording of the 2022 Service Speaks Conference can now be viewed on Youtube!

To see other photos and material from the conference, please visit the Steans student blog:


In 2021, the university launched Collaboratory, a powerful tool for documenting and researching the DePaul’s commitment to community engagement through teaching, research and service.  Since then, faculty and staff have used this platform to collect and share their community engagement activities, and to make connections across campus with others doing similar work.  Join the growing number of colleagues on Collaboratory and log on today.  Click here to read the full article on Collaboratory at the Steans Center website.  

ABCD Upcoming Events

Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement 
In case you missed it we recorded this ABCD case study about an innovative program that sought to overcome the barriers between a private urban university and adjacent neighborhoods that have been historically oppressed. Foundations of Community Building brought university faculty and staff, community-based organizations, and neighborhood residents together to develop capacity as community builders, and build relationships of trust between campus and community.

View recording of this event on our YouTube Channel

Global Gatherings - Sept. 13 & 15
How Can Youth And Young Adults Meaningfully Contribute To Building Healthy And Viable Neighborhoods And Communities?
Youth and young adults are often an untapped resource when we think about community building. Instead of being included, youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 are generally considered to be people who have not yet developed many assets to contribute and are empty vessels that need to be filled.  In fact, young people have much to contribute. Their youthful energy and idealism can be put to good use in communities. Many of them already have skills and gifts in the arts, athletics, have given countless hours of community service. Youth and young adults are especially invited to join the conversation. 
Co-hosts: Bob Francis & Deb Wisniewski. We will also be adding a young adult co-host  for this conversation
Tuesday, September 13, 5 p.m. CDT 
Thursday, September 15, 9 a.m. CDT 

Upcoming Global Gatherings 
We are currently working to schedule upcoming Global Gatherings. Please be sure to keep checking the Global Gatherings page for updated information. 

Call for Submissions to Present 

September through December, 2022
3rd Tuesday, 11 a.m. CST (1 to 1.5 hours). Time may be adjusted for international presenters

Since January 2022, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute has hosted a series of free virtual story sharing sessions on "ABCD in Higher Education." The series showcases 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. 

Past event have focused on grant writing, racial equity, neighborhood partnerships, fiscal sponsorship and  asset and network mapping, This has been a wonderful platform to meet others using or interested in learning about ABCD in a higher education arena. Visit our YouTube page for recordings. 

Stories - along with associated tools and resources - will be compiled and shared through an ABCD Institute publication, edited by the ABCD in Higher Education Work Group. All storytellers and session participants will be invited to join the work group moving forward.

Submissions for September through December presentations
We are pleased to announce that this series will continue past July (taking a break in August) with a new call for submissions. We particularly want to extend an invitation to those from outside the U.S. to share your stories as well. We are able to provide translation if needed and adjust the presentation time to assist those of you not in the U.S. 

We invite faculty, staff, and students to submit stories for consideration - stories that you are particularly proud of or that you are trying to work through. Each story session will feature one story and will last 1-1.5 hours. Sessions will be facilitated by a member of the ABCD in Higher Education Work Group and will be recorded, if storytellers agree, so that links can be included in the publication.  

To submit an application to be a presenter please use this Application Form

DEADLINE for SUBMISSION: October 1, 2022
Accepted applicants will be notified by October 15, 2022.
Contact Kim Hopes at with any questions.

Project Exploration Needs STEAMbassadors!

We are always looking for talented adult role models and educators to serve as after-school program facilitators, including STEM Facilitators and STEAMbassadors. STEM Facilitators include experienced youth development professionals and/or educators who are interested in introducing students to the joy and wonder of STEM in a non-traditional learning environment. We value hands-on, inquiry-based learning, and those who can work alongside students as they discovery rocketry through engineering model rockets, medicine through dissection, architecture through design challenges and more. STEAMbasasdors are young people between the ages of 18 and 24 who bring passion for young people and STEM, but are may come needing more support around curriculum development and program facilitation. With the on-boarding seminar series for all program facilitators, as well as hands-on support with full-time staff members throughout the year, both STEM Facilitators and STEAMbassadors work as extensions of PE to expose students –  particularly students of color, low-income students, and girls – to high-quality STEM experiences which make bright futures possible.  Click here for more information.

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