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

March 2022

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

Steans Center 20th Anniversary Flashback - 2014!

Flashback 2014 - Environmental Stewardship

This month we flash back to the Winter 2014 edition of the Steans Center newsletter and our feature article on environmental sustainability.  That also was the year that DePaul introduced its Masters in Sustainable Urban Development

The Steans Center has been dedicated to sustainability and food justice, and continues that important work today.  Executive Director Howard Rosing recently co-authored an article published in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment titled "Green Infrastructure for Urban Resilience: A Trait-based Framework". The article includes a section on CUAMP, the mapping project co-developed and supported by DePaul faculty, staff and students.  Dr. Rosing also has a chapter in an open-access food studies textbook on community gardens in Chicago.  The research project measured the yields of more than 160 community gardens in Chicago across the growing season, as well as other community garden research.

Upcoming Events

April 12, 5 p.m. CDT or April 21, 9 a.m. CDT
ABCD in Action Global Gathering:  How can ABCD Support Communities Before, During and After Disasters?  Register here.

April 19, 11 a.m.
ABCD Sharing Stories: Using Asset and Network Mapping to Strengthen Community Organizations - Register here

April 21, noon - 2 p.m.
Faculty Workshop - Introduction, Course Development & Authentic Partnerships - Register here.

April 28, noon - 2 p.m.
Faculty Workshop - Reflection, Negotiating Identity in the Classroom and Community - Register here.

May 17 - ABCD in PracticeA Student's Review of Fiscal Sponsorship and its Impact on Racial Equity

May 20 - Service Speaks

June 21 - Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-Based Learning Course

July 19 - Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement

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

Community-based Service Learning Workshops, Condensed

Community-based Service Learning is a dynamic way to equip students with the knowledge and experience they need to become transformative leaders and lifelong learners.  Through direct service, project-based service, project-based research, or advocacy courses, students engage with the community while being challenged to integrate their academic learning with their experience.  In the process, they reflect on their circumstances and those with whom they are working in ways that enhance their understanding and reflect DePaul’s Vincentian mission.
Join experienced faculty and community partner facilitators in our two Spring Workshops designed to introduce...
“The Building Blocks of Community-based Service Learning; Conceptualizing a Course; and Developing Authentic Partnerships”  April 21, Noon - 2 p.m. via Zoom 
Led by: Professor Jaclyn Jensen, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Student Success, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship; Baettzsa (Bebe) Bermudez MSHR, Director of Human Resources, Kids Above All; and Maria Velazquez, Executive Director, Telpochcalli Community Education Project.
RSVP here
“Building Your Capacity for Student Course Reflection; Negotiating Identity in the Classroom and the Community” April 28, Noon - 2 p.m. via Zoom. 
Led by: Professor Jennifer Kouba, Adjunct Faculty in Peace Studies and Director of Development & Communications at Care for Real; and Professor Cheron Corbett, Adjunct Faculty, Public Service     
RSVP here.
Please view Introduction to CBSL as well.
Please RSVP by April 13 or before. 

To qualify for our Certificate Program, which carries $350 stipend, you must complete:
• CbSL condensed workshops
• ABCD Community Immersion Institute, June 23 and 24
• CbSL Project (tbd), due by August 25
Contact Helen Damon-Moore for more information.

Save the Date: Service Speaks

Save the date for our 2022 Service Speaks Conference - Friday, May 20 - featuring Keynote Speaker Mikki Kendall.
Learn how to attend and get involved.

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 edit your personal profile, begin contributing community engagement or public service activities, invite a proxy to edit 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

Using Asset and Network Mapping to StrengthenCommunity Organizations

April 19 - 11:00 AM CST (1 - 1.5 hours) 
Lynne M. Woehrle, PhD, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee 
Olamilekan Awoniyi, Graduate student, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Christian Trunley, Graduate student, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

This presentation will be a discussion of how asset mapping and network mapping are integral methods in our community-based research project that addresses systemic racism at the neighborhood level through integrating wellness, social entrepreneurship, and workforce development.  We will reflect on how an assets-based mental model has grounded our work while navigating the forces of COVID that isolate us and make meaningful collaborations hard.

Register for this free event.

Upcoming Sessions: 
May 17: Dara Pruszenski, University of Pittsburgh - ABCD in Practice, 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

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

ABCD in Action Global Gathering: How can ABCD Support Communities Before, During, and After Disasters?
We live in tumultuous times. Climate change-related natural disasters are occurring with more frequency and ferocity across the globe. A global pandemic has shaken us all. Whatever the disaster, we know community members are the first responders and the people we can rely on during recovery. How can ABCD support communities to prepare for disasters? What could ABCD-driven, community-led disaster recovery look like? Can ABCD help mitigate some of the social disruption that disasters trigger? What role do we all play? Join us as we share stories, discuss what is possible, and start to think about how to move forward!

Join either gathering: Tuesday, April 12, 5 p.m. CDT or Thursday, April 21, 9 a.m. CDT. For more information, click here.

Serve Illinois: National Service Summit

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will host the National Service Summit on June 9, 2022, at the BOS Center in Springfield, IL. This summit celebrates Serve Illinois' AmeriCorps members while introducing them to information, resources, and skill building opportunities to carry into the next phase of their lives. Serve Illinois is expecting to host around five hundred AmeriCorps members from across the state of Illinois. To collegiate and volunteer partners: you are invited to come celebrate. The hope is that members who range in age from 18 to 28 will be inspired by collegiate and community-based service-oriented programs.The summit is offered at zero cost to all programs that are not only interested in finding out more about AmeriCorps but share the heart and vision for service. Please mark your calendars because all roads lead to Springfield, IL this summer for the National Service Summit.  

Serve Illinois National Service Summit Registration Form
Serve Illinois: National Service Summit Group Registration Form 

Serve Illinois: National Service Summit Exhibitor Form

Contact Us

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