From: Linda Bendixen
Date: November 30
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - November 2022

November 2022

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, Dec. 2, 1 p.m.
Chicago Mosaics: Showing Love to the City
Featured Speaker Keyante Aytch, President/NABCEP, Certified Solar Installer

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. - noon
STEM Workshop for Faculty, Community Partners and Students

Friday, Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Build 2 Heal Event at NEIU 

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 11 a.m.

Using an ABCD Lens in a Community-based Service Learning Course
with Samantha Close, Helen Damon-Moore and Chiarra Lohr

Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
ABCD Book Talk with Cormac Russell and John McKnight
Register for in-person event or the online event

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

UNISERVITATE Global Symposium

On behalf of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), Howard Rosing coordinated a group of eleven faculty and staff from North American Catholic universtities and colleges to the UNISERVITATE Global Annual Symposium III.  UNISERVITATE is a global network of community engagement professionals and faculty from Catholic universities and colleges; Fr. Dennis Holtscheneider originally requested DePaul's involvement.

The conference agenda included attending an Audience with Pope Francis (see photo of student participants from around the world with the Pope), meetings with the UNISERVITATE global leadership to plan further development of the North American Hub of UNISERVITATE, two days of conference presentations, panels and plenaries, networking events, among numerous other activities. The conference was organized alongside presentations by representatives from the Vatican on the Global Compact on Education, promoted by Pope Francis.  Dr. Rosing also presented at the 
conference "Pedagogies of Peace and Justice", which focused on DePaul's work in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies and the Inside-Out program. 

A video highlighting the conference from UNISERVITATE can be found here:

Science Fair at Nixon Elementary

With the support of DePaul's Egan Office and Steans Center, Professional Lecturer Jessica Pamment's biology students hosted a science fair at William P. Nixon Elementary School in Chicago's Hermosa neighborhood this fall. Blue Demons prepared presentation boards to share what they learned during the quarter and created hands-on activities for youth students. (Image courtesy of Devika Chaddha) 

DePaul Nursing Students Receive "Be There" Award

Congratulations to the DePaul MENP Be The Match team which received the inaugural "Be There" award at the Be The Match OneForum Awards Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Minneapolis. Mike McCullough, Be the Match CIO presented the award to DePaul MENP students Mark Comia, Ami Nakrani and Rebecca Jones (pictured above with Be The Match Account Manager Terri Haid), who accepted the award on the behalf of MENP.  DePaul students have helped register more than 6,000 people in the National Marrow Donor program.  About 500 people attended the event at the Minneapolis Hilton with many more watching virtually, including physicians, nurses and other medical staff affiliated with stem cell transplant centers, donor centers and organizations from around the world affiliated with the National Marrow Donor Program/Be the Match mission.  Click here to watch a video presentation about DePaul's students and their efforts.

Egan Office Thanksgiving Special

Please click here to see the Egan Office Thanksgiving Special, "Who We Are", on YouTube.

Dr. Monica Ramos Presents at CUMU Conference

Dr. Monica Ramos, Associate Director of the Egan Office for Urban Education and Community Partnerships, presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference (CUMU) from October 23 to 26, 2022, in  San Diego, CA.

The conference's topics revolved around the Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities in leading a recovery grounded in community, equity, and innovation. Dr. Ramos presented on placed-based partnerships as essential connectors for family engagement and coalition in urban schools and her work with the Egan Family Engagement and Coalition Initiative. 


Collaboratory, DePaul University’s tool for promoting robust community-university relationships, is excited to announce its newest enhancement: Faculty and Staff reports.  Faculty and staff can now view insights and aggregate information about their community engagement and public service data captured in Collaboratory.  The reports allow faculty and staff to quickly reflect on and communicate about their efforts in and with community, to view their collective work to illustrate impact, and much more!  Login using your campus connect password to start entering your community engagement and public service in Collaboratory.  For more information about the reports and how to access them, please contact Collaboratory Administrator and Steans Center Associate Director Barbara Smith at

ABCD Upcoming Events


Join us for a Book Talk with John McKnight and Cormac Russell of the ABCD Institute at DePaul University to discuss their new book, The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods.
When: Thursday evening, January 19, 2023
5:45 pm - 7:15 pm, Central Time U.S.
Where: DePaul University Cortelyou Commons, 2324 N. Freemont St. Chicago
This in a hybrid event and will occur both in-person at the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University and virtually via Zoom.
About the book:
We may be living longer, but people are more socially isolated than ever before. As a result, we are hindered both mentally and physically, and many of us are looking for something concrete we can do to address problems like poverty, racism, and climate change. What if solutions could be found on your very doorstep or just two door knocks away?
Cormac Russell is a veteran practitioner of asset-based community development (ABCD), which focuses on uncovering and leveraging the hidden resources, skills, and experience in our neighborhoods. He and John McKnight, the Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, show how anyone can discover this untapped potential and connect with his or her neighbors to create healthier, safer, greener, more prosperous, and welcoming communities.

Register for the In-Person Event  |  Register for the Online Event

Using an ABCD Lens in a Community Based Service Learning Course: 

ABCD & Skill Building - When Communities Know What To Do and You Know How To Do

December 13 - 11:00am CST (1 - 1.5 hours) 

Join us for our December 2022 Storytelling Session
Technical skills-focused courses can struggle to connect with communities in an asset-based, rather than a deficit-based, way. There is often an impulse to do for, instead of with or to write off the possibility of community engagement due to time limitations. However, this need not be so! Presenter Dr. Samantha Close shares examples drawn from her years of teaching the Introduction to Digital Media Skills, a project-based community service learning course at DePaul University. Chiarra Lohr brings the community partner side of the equation, speaking from her experiences working with Close's course.

Samantha Close, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, DePaul University
Chiarra Lohr, Interim Secretary-Treasurer of the Indie Sellers Guild
Helen Damon-Moore, Associate Director, Steans Center, DePaul University
To register for this free event please visit our Eventbrite page.

Visit our YouTube channel to view recordings of all the stories in the series 

Upcoming Sessions: 
Sign up for the ABCD Institute event announcement list to receive information about future events. 

Contact Kim Hopes at with any questions.

John Zeigler Presents ABCD in South Africa

On October 31, Egan Office Director John Zeigler presented on ABCD concepts to 40 KwaZulu-Natal Municipality leaders in Durban, South Africa.  Mr. Zeigler was invited by Dr. Strini Pallay, the Head of the Department for Public Management and Economics at the Durban University of Technology. 

Steans Center at College of Law Brown Bag

Howard Rosing and Miranda Standberry-Wallace presented an overview of the Steans Center to the College of Law Brown Bag luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 17.

BUILD 2 HEAL - Dec. 9 Event

"Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing."
Julia Cameron

Build 2 Heal is the kick-off event for a local movement to push back the dominant narrative about people in communities directly impacted by criminalization, violence, and incarceration. It brings together activists, spoken word performers, musicians, visual artists, educators, and witnessing by directly impacted subject matter experts.

Build 2 Heal is dedicated to improving community safety through non-violence, restorative justice, and criminal justice transformation efforts, in the spirit of formal and informal cross-cultural and intersectional alliance-building by, with, and for denizens of Chicago.
Build 2 Heal envisions community healing from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-incarceration syndrome (PICS) experienced in our city’s communities when the realities are shared through the looking glass that art provides. 

December 9, 2022
11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS)
700 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, IL 60653
Free Admission - Donations Welcome! 
Refreshments will be served

A Collaborative Event organized by and with The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, Chicago Coalition for The Homeless, Chicago HipHop Heritage Museum, N The Spirit, Books Over Balls, Sydney Jackson, One Aim, PNAP (The Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project), G.O.D.(Giving Others’ Dreams), and Formerly Incarcerated Standing Together (F.I.S.T.).  

11:30am  -  Noon-ish  Musical Welcome, Brandon Dodson, R&B Music Artist
12:30pm - 5:00pm Panel Discussions
I Am Because We Are: Let’s Build to Heal
 12:30pm          The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago Group 1
   1:15pm          Professor Benny Lee
   2:00pm          The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago Group 2, One Aim, 
                              Books Over Balls
   2:50pm          N The Spirit, G.O.D. 
   3:40pm          The Black Star Project
   4:30pm          PNAP and Chicago Coalition for The Homeless
   5:10pm          Chicago HipHop Heritage Museum and Sydney Jackson 
Noon - 8:30 PM  - All Day Activities 
Silent Auction of The Story of a Broken Sofa; an interactive art installation piece, created by a group of Pilsen Artists as part of a Neighborhood Arts Program grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Poetry Books; Vintage items; and more
Prison Art for Sale 
Information Booths: The collaborating organizations; The Black Star Project; and more
Spoken Word Performances: Featuring performance Marcia Eastmond  --- followed by Open Mic at 6:15pm
Contact:  Orion Meadows. Orionmeadows 

Change Agents Season 2 Episodes

We're back with 4 new episodes, including our first-ever out-of-state story.  Here's the lineup! 

Growing a Greater Englewood – featuring the Englewood-based CBO Grow Greater Englewood, this episode focuses on how GGE is working in partnership with community stakeholders to develop local food economies and land sovereignty empowering residents to thrive. 

Cooking up Opportunity – This episode examines the work of ChiFresh kitchen. Based in Garfield Park, ChiFresh’s is a workers cooperative whose worker-owners are all formally incarcerated.  The thriving food service contractor distributes thousands of healthy meals a day to people who need them most, and provide living wages to workers who are too often shut out of the system.   

The Road to Reclaiming History – Change Agents first story based outside of Chicago's city’s limits. Set in University City, Missouri, we learn about the Renaming Streets Task Force, made up of seven citizens who had 120 days to research over 200 streets and expose which ones had been named for racist historical figures AND determine which ones should change. 

Know History, Know Self – Change Agents producers worked with Uptown’s Asian Americans Advancing Justice, to tell the story of how AAAJ spearheaded the passing of the TEAACH Act, legislation that mandated Asian-American history curriculum be taught in Illinois schools. 

You can listen to all the episodes on our website, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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