From: Linda Bendixen
Date: September 30, 2020
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - September 2020

September 2020

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

Call For Proposal - Steans Center Racial Equity Fellowship

The Steans Center for Community- based Service Learning is currently seeking applications for our newly launched Racial Equity Graduate  Research Fellowship.  The Fellowship aims to support African American DePaul graduate students in conducting focused community-based research on efforts to promote racial equity in Chicago. 

Applications are due Nov. 13, 2020.  For complete details, click here.

Service Speaks 2019-2020 - Online!

Each year, more than 3,800 DePaul University students work with community partners to advance social justice in the Chicago area, and each year Service Speaks showcases that amazing work. Traditionally an in-person event, Service Speaks this year has moved online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the stories of service told by Community Service Scholarship Scholars, viewpoints of service learning students, community partner perspectives, and faculty member reflections.

Panel on Police Reform - October 22

"Police Reform, Defunding and Abolition: Unpacking Different Perspectives on Policing in an Era of Criminal Justice Reform," October 22, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This event, co-sponsored by the Department of Criminology and the Steans Center, will explore social policies such as police reform, defund the police, and asset-based, neighborhood alternatives to state sponsored law enforcement institutions and practices. The panel will include voices from community members and experts on policing. Click here for Zoom link.

Community Engagement Online --
Check out OCE Live 

Promote social justice from a social distance with the Steans Center’s Online Community Engagement (OCE) Resource Guide and Live Events.  OCE provides a vehicle for learning from, dialoguing with, and taking action alongside community members involved in the social justice issues of our times.

RSVP here for autumn 20’s Live Events (calendar below) and check out the OCE Live Event recordings for spring and summer ‘20.

  1. 10/02 - Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
  2. 10/09 - Immigration: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
  3. 10/16 - Restorative Justice Circle Experience
  4. 10/23 - Mental Health
  5. 10/30 - Gentrification, Displacement and Economic Development
  6. 11/06 - Community Organizing


Anti-Racism Research Fellow

Collaboratory seeks to support an anti-racism research fellow who will work to develop criteria for what “anti-racist community engagement” looks like – what common characteristics, principles, focuses, etc. are present when engagement is conducted with an anti-racist lens? Fellows are eligible to receive a $2,000 research award to support their efforts. Funds may be used for any expense judged supportive of the fellow’s research including staffing, conference/presentation support (e.g., registration fees), project expenses, equipment, or salary support.
For complete details, click here.  
Please submit a letter of interest and your CV no later than 11:59pm EST on Friday, October 2, 2020

Join ABCD in Action!

It is free and easy to sign up and once you are a member you can connect with ABCD practitioners across the globe - start and join discussions, pose ABCD questions, read posted blogs AND now, members can also participate in monthly global Zoom gatherings around a variety of ABCD topics.

ABCD Global Gatherings are an opportunity for ABCD in Action members to talk about questions and topics that they care about.

Our next Global Gathering Topic:  How does Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) serve as a tool for working toward social and racial justice? At its best, ABCD is an inherently just approach to building relationships and engaging community toward shared goals. Where do the larger goals of ABCD and social justice converge? How can ABCD uplift and amplify racial justice work? What does it mean to share and build power at a community level through the lens of racial justice? How does ABCD serve as a tool to build just communities, a just world? We’ll share space to explore these questions and more in small groups. Bring your hearts, your ideas, your stories, and your burning questions!

Go to ABCD in Action

Become a member to register for October’s Global Call

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
OCE Live Events: “Get Out The Vote (GOTV)” -- With the national election just one month away, learn how you can help Get Out The Vote!

Thursday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Police Reform, Defunding, and Abolition: Unpacking Different Perspectives on Policing in an Era of Criminal Justice Reform, co-sponsored by the Department of Criminology and the Steans Center.  Zoom link is here.

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