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

September 2021

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


Register for the ACU - DePaul Conference!

DePaul - ACU Conference 2019

This month we flashback just two years to July 2019 and the first joint Conference on Community Engagement and Service Learning with Australian Catholic University, one of the largest Catholic Universities in the world.  That year Steans Center faculty and staff traveled to ACU's Melbourne campus joining more than 100 delegates for three days of presentations, sessions and roundtables, "culminating in lively collaboration sessions, promising that goodwill and work will continue between ACU and DePaul."  

Flash-forward to next week, Oct. 4 - 6, to be a part of the 2021 conference: Pandemic, Pivots and Potentials.   See below for more details, and follow the links to register.

Australian Catholic University with DePaul University will host an online Conference on Community Engagement and Service Learning:  Pandemic, Pivots and Potentials. October 4-6 (USA) / 5-7 (AUS) 2021

Our 2021 conference aims to explore the current ‘state of play’ for universities in responding to the challenges and opportunities for service-learning and university-community engagement in a ‘post-COVID’ world while taking the time to reflect on the responses and learnings from the efforts of the field during the pandemic.

Keynote speakers
Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Registration for the conference is FREE.
For more information and to register, please visit:

Upcoming Events

ACU/DePaul Online Conference on Community Engagement & Service-Learning:  Pandemic, Pivots and Potentials
Online Conference 
Oct. 5-7, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. (USA) / Oct. 6-8, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (AEDT) 

ABCD Institute Online Training
This will be a virtual training via Zoom.  Click here for more information and to register.
North America
Mondays, Oct. 11,18, 25 and
Monday, Nov. 8 and Friday, Nov. 12; final class TBD.
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. CST
Tuesdays, Oct. 12, 19, 26 and
Tuesday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 13; final class TBD.
9 a.m. – Noon AEDT

OCE Live  
All events from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Click here to RSVP
• Oct. 8 - Bystander Intervention Training: Responding to Anti-Asian Hate
• Oct. 15 - Mental Health and VAX Hesitancy
• Oct. 22 - Charity v. Revolution
• Oct. 29 - Chicago's Children Advocacy Center Training

Faculty Engagement Initiatives
All events are from 10 a.m. - noon via Zoom
Oct. 14 - Prof. Susanne Suffredin (CDM) and Community Partners
Oct. 15 - Prof. Tim Elliott (WRD) and Community Partners

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) - 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 & 29

Farewell, Friend!

Rubén Álvarez Silva moves to Just DePaul

After six years of service, we bid farewell to our Associate Director for Academic Service Learning (ASL), Rubén Álvarez Silva, M.Ed. On October 12, Ruben takes on a new role as the founding Associate Director of Just DePaul in the Division of Mission and Ministry, where he will support institution-wide Social and Environmental Justice efforts rooted in the Vincentian Mission of affirming human dignity, responding to the need for direct-service, and advocating for systemic change.  In the interim, Executive Director Howard Rosing will support the Academic Service Learning team as they plan for Winter term 2022.


Eager to engage your students in meaningful experiential learning?  Eager to return after time away?  
Plan for beginning or returning to that work and partnering with Steans through:
• A new half-hour video designed to help you explore or brush up on community-based service and think about your own praxis 
• Our first workshop of the year led by your colleagues and community partners addressing opportunities to create truly educational, civic, and productive community outcome 
• Our first Asset-Based Community Development Training of the year—learn from experienced trainers, community members, and your colleagues.  Click here to register.  For DePaul University faculty, staff and students please email Kim Hopes at for limited promo codes for free registration

For all other registrants, click here.

Join your colleagues and their community partners who have been doing so in an interactive workshop about the nuances of Authentic Teaching and Learning In and With the Community in these interesting times!  
October 14, 10 a.m. to noon - Prof. Susanne Suffredin (CDM) and Community Partners
October 15, 10 a.m. to noon - Prof. Tim Elliott (WRD) and Community Partners


Congratulations to Lydia Stazen and the Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness at DePaul on its partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Program to raise awareness and implement solutions to global homelessness.  You may have read the article in Newsline.  Now you can learn more about the various ways The Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness is doing community engagement that advocates for change in Collaboratory, the university’s portal for collecting community engagement, public service and research data for reporting on and sharing across the university.   

Login to Collaboratory to read more about the community engagement and research that DePaul faculty and staff have been working on.

If you'd like to learn how you can join fellow Collaboratory faculty and staff, please contact Steans Center Associate Director Barbara Smith at

OCE Live Is Back!

Join community residents, activists, organizers and workers for a social justice series of dialogues and workshops.
• Bystander Intervention Training: 
Responding to Anti-Asian Hate
Friday, Oct. 8, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
• 10/15 - Mental Health and VAX Hesitancy
• 10/22 - Charity v. Revolution
• 10/29 - Chicago's Children Advocacy Center Training

Learn more about the ABCD Institute

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.
Sign up for future newsletters and event notifications.

ABCD Institute Online Training: Calling All Connectors - ABCD for Common Wealth & Other Tales of Wonder
New start date for workshop is October 11 - Still time to register! 

Join us for a series of conversations over 6 sessions exploring principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development in the community.  This is an 18-hour series focused on building community resilience and the belief that much of what we need, is already here. Sessions begin October 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. CST. See flyer for details
• How might communities respond to crisis when resilience is under pressure?
• How might ABCD address income and race disparity?
• What are the ingredients in a community that can bring people together?
• What does it take to create a healthy community? 
• How can ABCD re-engage curiosity in the world and create belonging?
We have several free spaces available on a first come first serve basis for DePaul University faculty, staff and students. If you would like to register please contact Kim Hopes at

Photo and article by Angela Guernica

Egan SCO Spotlight:  Henderson Academy Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

It is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the eight Latin American countries who successfully and respectively fought for independence from colonization and imperialism in the month of September.  Angela Guernica, School Community Organizer with the Egan Office, provides this spotlight on the celebrations at Chas. Henderson Academy:

At Chas. Henderson Academy we celebrate and honor our Latino student's presence in the community by decorating the school with representation of the eight countries and with facts that bring us closer together such as: 
• The United States is home to the third largest Spanish Speaking population in the world.
• Cuba and Brazil are home to the largest populations of people from both Latin and African descent, who often identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Latina, or Afro-Latinx.
• People of Latin decent may identify as Latino, Latina, Latinx, or Hispanic. Individuals born in the United States and of Mexican descent may identify as Chicana or Chicano. And often people simply identify themselves by their country of origin, for example, Puerto Rican. 

The Henderson staff led by the English Language Learners instructor hosted a Bilingual Advisory Council for parents, community members, teachers, and administrators to come together to discuss the well-being of the Latinx students at Henderson. 

And finally, Henderson made a particular point to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on September 16th by displaying the Mexican flag all month long with accompanying information about historical figures for the students to learn about. 

Steans Center at VinnyFest

October Lunch With Vincent: What Must DePaul Do to Confront the Climate Crisis?

Entering its 14th year, Lunch with Vincent is a casual, hybrid program for faculty and staff designed to nurture relationships among community members and deepen our understanding of the Vincentian mission. Each gathering, we present a variety of meaningful topics that are inspired by our mission as well as the interesting events of our times. This coming year, Lunch with Vincent will explore the DePaul of the Future: Vincentian Higher Education for the 21st Century.

Our first event this academic year on October 12 will be focused on the question: "What must DePaul do to confront the climate crisis?" We will discuss sustainability, environmental justice, and what we at DePaul must do to confront the ongoing climate crisis.

Leading the discussion will be two members of the President's Committee on Sustainability:

  • Professor Mark Potosnak, Department Chair, Environmental Science and Studies
  • Father Memo Campuzano, CM, Vice President for Mission and Ministry

This program is hybrid: participation is possible both remotely and in person. 

If you'd like to join us in person, please come to the Student Center Room 314B at 11:30 am where we will serve lunch.  If you'd like to join us remotely, please log on to Zoom a little before noon. We will begin broadcasting the presentation at noon. Zoom links to come.  Register now!

Campus Compact Communities of Practice

Applications closing soon

Applications are closing soon for Campus Compact's Fall 2021 Communities of Practice. CoPs offer an opportunity for shared learning and collegial support to advance your engagement practice in a manner characterized by equity and integrity.
Free to participate, preference given to Campus Compact members.  Learn more here.

Apply by October 11
Anti-Racist Community of Practice

A focus on  the ways white supremacy and racism manifest in ourselves and in our practice and how to undo racism in our work and spheres of influence.

Contact Us

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