From: Linda Bendixen
Date: November 30, 2021
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - November 2021

November 2021

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

Steans Center 20th Anniversary
Flashback to 2011!

This month we flashback to Spring of 2011 and a story from our newsletter about McCormick Community Intern Meisha Thigpen who created a public service announcement while interning with the Chicago-based nonprofit organization Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC).  McCormick Community Interns continue to go strong.  Interns develop a project in collaboration with a community organization that helps better their mission. Past projects have included documentaries, marketing materials, workshops, and research.  The deadline to apply is Monday, December 6 - see flyer below for more details.

CbSL Learning Workshop - This Friday!

Our next Community-based Service Learning Workshop is this Friday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon via Zoom.  Whether you are new to the practice of community-based service learning and reflection techniques or wishing to expand the capacity of students and community partners for systemic change, this conversation will help you to expand your skill set in ways vital to teaching today. Led by experienced colleagues Jennifer Kouba and Tomas Ramirez.  Click here to register.

Upcoming Events

Friday, Dec. 3, noon - 10 a.m.
Community-based Service Learning Faculty Workshop

Monday, Dec. 6
McCormick Community Internship application deadline

Wednesday, Dec. 8 & Thursday, Dec. 16
ABCD in Action Global Gatherings - ABCD Older Adults
Dec. 8 with John Migliaccio and Deb Wisniewski*
Dec. 16 with Michael Marcus and Deb Wisniewski*
*Please register for only of these - they will focus on the same question.

Saturdays - January 29, February 5, 12 and 19
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Central Time
The ABCD Institute 18-hour virtual Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development workshop

Click on the links below for information on upcoming events at Member Organizations
Campus Compact - All events
CUMU (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities) - All programming
IARSLCE (International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement) - News & Events
IRRPP (institute for Research on Race and Public Policy) - Programs and Events
IUPUI (Indiana University) - Community Engagement events
Uniservitate - News & Events

Course Spotlight - PAX 200

Hip Hop as Peacebuilding

Still looking to enroll in a class for next quarter? Check out PAX 200 with Professor Darius Parker! This winter quarter class will include a service learning component.


Check out how Liliane Calfree and Joanne Zielinski are engaging with youth in community with their work on The CHA Youth Documentary Program.  Work like this makes for ideal activities in Collaboratory, the online platform DePaul uses to collect and promote its community engagement and public service work.  You can check out the CHA Youth Documentary Program activity in Collaboratory here.

If you are engaged in community, please capture your work in Collaboratory.  Login using your CampusConnect user name and password.  For more information about how to enter your activities in Collaboratory, contact Steans Center Associate Director and Collaboratory Core Administrator Barbara Smith at

ABCD & ABCD in Action

Peace Talks Radio host, Suzanne Kryuder interviews ABCD Institute Steward Ivis Garcia about how ABCD and assets promote healing and peace in community building.
Listen to the 29-minute podcast.

ABCD in Action continues to offer ABCD Global Gatherings each month. These are facilitated conversations on Zoom for people to come together to talk about topics and questions they care about. Upcoming topics:  
ABCD Older Adults
How can we recognize and unlock the assets of older adults so that they can share their gifts and build stronger communities? 
December 8 with John Migliaccio and Deb Wisniewski *
December 16 with Michael Marcus and Deb Wisniewski *

*The Gatherings will focus on the same question. Please register for only one of these.

The ABCD Institute is holding an18-hour virtual Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development workshop.  This course will meet over four Saturdays - January 29, February 5, 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. – 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

Click here for more information about workshop content.

Contact Us

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