From: Linda Bendixen
Date: October 28, 2021
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - October 2021

October 2021

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

Steans 20th Anniversary Flashback - Fall 2010
Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Major Introduced

This month we flash back to the Fall of 2010 and the introduction of the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies Major. Through the years the Steans Center has worked with numerous PAX courses and faculty, connecting hundreds of students with community partners and work in social justice.  In our Fall 2021 term alone we are supporting four courses, almost 20 community partners and about 75 students.  Some facts about PAX:
• More than 150 students have graduated with a degree in Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies.
• The program has seen nearly five thousand enrollments (4,979) by non-PAX majors in PAX courses since 2014.
• From 2011 to 2020, PAX primary majors have increased by 65% and minors have increased by about 69%.
• Currently, PAX as a program ranks 10th among all other departments in LAS by active undergraduate students with a declared major, with 72 active majors and 44 active minors, along with several combined JD students.
• PAX offers combined degree opportunities with graduate programs in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Women and Gender Studies, Sustainable Urban Development, Critical Ethnic Studies, Sustainable Management, International Public Service, Nonprofit Leadership, and more.

Thank you, PAX, for empowering our students and creating a more peaceful world.

Upcoming Events

OCE Live
All events from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Click here to RSVP

• Oct. 29 - Chicago's Children Advocacy Center Training
• Nov. 5 - Charity vs. Revolution
• Nov. 12 - Checking in on our Mental Health

Faculty Engagement Initiatives
Dec. 2 & 3 from 10 a.m. - noon via Zoom

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

Campus Compact - All events
CUMU (Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities)
- Fall Learning & Sharing Virtual Series, through mid-December
- All programming
IARSLCE (International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement) - 2021 Virtual Gathering, Nov. 15 - 17
IRRPP (institute for Research on Race and Public Policy) - Programs and Events
IUPUI (Indiana University) - Community Engagement events
Uniservitate - Il Global Symposium Uniservitate, Oct. 28 & 2

Egan Family Engagement and Coalition (EFECt) Initiative Student Spotlights

Mia Yaraly Andersen - Coordinator of the Egan Family Engagement and Coalition (EFECt) Initiative 

As a first generation Latina college student, Mia strives to work with families and children to help them achieve their utmost potential. Being raised in a single parent household, Mia deeply believes in the mission of working with families to build beneficial relationship building, reciprocal learning and professional development of parents and guardians.

“Serving families opens the pathways to work in collaboration with present and future leaders to better the world and bring equity,” she says.
"Through serving as the Coordinator of the Egan Family Engagement and Coalition (EFECt) Initiative, I have learned the true meaning of building authentic relationships with families and school administrators," Mia said. "From building rapport and trust, to finding multiple platforms for constant communication, and navigating COVID-19 challenges."

Last year, the Egan Family Engagement and Coalition Initiative supported 10 families through five teaching modules. The modules aspire to facilitate mutually beneficial relationship building, reciprocal learning, and professional development of parents and guardians. During the last cohort, nine mothers graduated from the EFECt Initiative, six families signed up for continuing education courses and we had a total of four community projects completed. We are now in the process of recruiting families for the second cohort. 

Maria Ukamaka Okeke, Family Engagement Liaison of the Egan Family Engagement and Coalition (EFECt) Initiative 

My name is Maria Ukamaka Okeke, a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership Program at College of Education Depaul University. This is my first year of working in the Egan Office for Urban Education and Community Partnerships as a Family Engagement Liaison, an experience that has built my trust and reduced my blind spots and deficit mindset regarding the availability of resources to assist schools and families in meeting their needs. As a formal principal in Southeast Nigeria I am passionate about facilitating the continuous professional development of teachers, families and the networks of school administrators that share ideas on authentic leadership and improve collaboration among all stakeholders in the school systems. I look forward to contributing to family and community engagement with the Egan Office.

“The responsibility for educating our children, improving schools, and the quality of life in the community is a shared one. If you think of where to start participating more in the shared responsibility, think of authentic family engagement and guiding a community efforts towards equity,” Maria said.

Collaboratory - Introducing Geolocation

Login to Collaboratory - the university’s portal for collecting and tracking community engagement and public service activities  - to learn about the Geolocation feature enhancement and explore how DePaul is more effectively telling the story of engagement through place and space.  Geolocation provides a visualization of engagement activities that shows where the university is working in collaboration with community partners to address Chicago’s societal issues.  To get started, use your Campus Connect user name and password to login. 

If you'd like to learn more about how to add activities, please contact Steans Center Associate Director and Collaboratory Core Administrator Barbara Smith at  

OCE Live This Friday - Keeping Children Safe Training

Our next topic in OCE Live is Keeping Children Safe Training for Professionals and Community Members, led by Chicago Children Advocacy Center’s Educational Specialist, Laura Daily.  Join us Friday, Oct. 29 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Click here to register.

Note:  Due to the sensitive nature of topics covered and potential discussion during this training, this session will not be recorded.  Please register to receive Zoom details and post event resources.

November OCE Live Events
11/05 - Charity v. Revolution: Join Development and Foundation professionals as we discuss the difference between charity and sustainable revolutionary movements. This will include a breakout activity exploring attributes of having a "Heart of Gold."
11/12 - Checking in on our Mental Health as we Return to "Normal" - led by Dr. Rebecca Michel of DePaul's College of Education along with Co-Facilitators from CARA Collective.

Upcoming ABCD Events

DASH is seeking community organizers that are convening community members, institutions, and organizations to identify interventions to combat health disparities in underserved areas. Underserved & historically excluded communities refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as a common geography, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life. 
This cohort is designed for organizations and organizers that are highly interested in developing their work through an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) program design, which prioritizes local strengths and assets, especially grass-roots community leadership. 
For more information and to register for a November 16 informational meeting.

ABCD in Action Free Global Gathering: ABCD and Older Adults 
How can we recognize and unlock the assets of Older adults so that they can share their gifts and build stronger communities.
Tuesday November 16 2021, 5:00 PM CST or Thursday Nov 18 2021, 9:00 AM
Become a member of ABCD in Action
More information 

Learn more about the ABCD Institute at the Steans Center
Every quarter the ABCD Institute produces an online newsletter filled with articles, events and information about happenings at the Institute. 
View our August 2021 Newsletter.
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