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Center Staff  Innovate to Engage Communities

Center Staff Innovate to Engage Communities

​​​​Spring Quarter 2020 was like no other in the two-decade history of the Steans Center.  Practically overnight,... read more

Telpochcalli Community Education Project

Telpochcalli Community Education Project

​​​​​​​​ Parents work together at the Telpochcalli Community Education Project (TCEP) in the... read more

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies

​​​​ DePaul alum Raika Nuñez remembers when she first came to DePaul from Bryn Athyn, a suburb of... read more

Learning Biology Through Designing STEM Games

Learning Biology Through Designing STEM Games

​ Students in Jessica Pamment’s Introduction to Biology classes have long been accustom to... read more

ABCD Institute Makes DePaul Home

ABCD Institute Makes DePaul Home

​In late 2016, DePaul welcomed the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute to the Steans Center as its... read more

Profile: John McKnight, Co-Founder, ABCD Institute

Profile: John McKnight, Co-Founder, ABCD Institute

“I think we are already part of a movement to recover the capacity of local... read more

Transformative Learning in Merida

Transformative Learning in Merida

Students are placed in homestays, study Spanish, take a relevant course from a DePaul faculty member in residence, and study Critical Community Engagement, while working on projects in led by a grassroots women's organization in Mérida, Mexico

MA in Sustainable Urban Development Students Strategize Future of Cities

MA in Sustainable Urban Development Students Strategize Future of Cities

​ With more than half the planet living in cities, there is no more pressing issue than to determine how to develop... read more

Nursing Students Engage Chicago Communities

Nursing Students Engage Chicago Communities

A Chicago-area family takes a child to a doctor’s office. Does the nurse greeting them know much about the family’s... read more

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: DePaul Students and Prison Inmates Learn Together

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program: DePaul Students and Prison Inmates Learn Together

Walking through the doors of Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois is not the typical university... read more

Human Resources Management: A frontier of graduate service learning

Human Resources Management: A frontier of graduate service learning

Compensation, recruitment and selection - graduate students in Human Resources are finding an innovative way to... read more

Service Learning and Education

Service Learning and Education

​Spencer Technology Academy is a recipient of a five-year technology grant from the Chicago Public Schools and DePaul... read more

MBA and Service Learning, Management Students Tackle Challenges of Nonprofits

MBA and Service Learning, Management Students Tackle Challenges of Nonprofits

​​​​​​​​​​​Students in Alyssa Westring’s course titled “Managing for Effective and Ethical Organizational Behavior”... read more

Intercambio: Language Exchange Program Offers Unique Service Learning Model

Intercambio: Language Exchange Program Offers Unique Service Learning Model

​​​​​DePaul senior Barbara Obregon is a mentor for Intercambio, a language exchange program formed through a... read more

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies: New Major Links Classes, Service Learning

Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies: New Major Links Classes, Service Learning

​​​​​The Steans Center has partnered with PAX to play a pivotal role in linking students and classes to community... read more

College of Computing and Digital Media: Building Software Projects with Nonprofits

College of Computing and Digital Media: Building Software Projects with Nonprofits

​​​​​​DePaul students taking “Software Projects for Community Clients” help fill that gap by working with nonprofit... read more

School for New Learning: Promoting Healthy Communities

School for New Learning: Promoting Healthy Communities

​​​​​​​​​Reed notes that students often come to her class with a distinctive background: they are typically working... read more

Service Learning and Food Access Research

Service Learning and Food Access Research

​​​​Humboldt Park has a high concentration of well-organized residents who work with other groups to challenge... read more

Community Health Assets Key to Innovative Community-based Health Research Project

Community Health Assets Key to Innovative Community-based Health Research Project

​​​​For the last two years, Hernández-Arias has been a co-principal investigator of the Community Health Assets and... read more

Service Learning Across Cultures: Students, Communities Connect Through ESL Classes

Service Learning Across Cultures: Students, Communities Connect Through ESL Classes

On a Tuesday afternoon in Chicago’s diverse Albany Park neighborhood, DePaul student Robyn Franko works with a group of... read more

Take Back the Halls: Violence Prevention Class Links DePaul, High School

Take Back the Halls: Violence Prevention Class Links DePaul, High School

​​​In their DePaul class, students address topics related to teen violence; once a week they also go to high schools... read more

"The Way They Saw lt": Book on Bronzeville shares student research, reflection

"The Way They Saw lt": Book on Bronzeville shares student research, reflection

​​​​This fall, student research, photos and reflections about the Black Metropolis are brought to life in the new... read more

Making a Difference: Building Healthcare Partnerships in Back of the Yards

Making a Difference: Building Healthcare Partnerships in Back of the Yards

​​​​Late one afternoon in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on the city’s southwest side, young men and women access... read more

Pilsen and Gentrification: Service Learning Project Targets Neighborhood Change

Pilsen and Gentrification: Service Learning Project Targets Neighborhood Change

​​Victoria Romero stands in front of her house on South Bishop Street in Chicago’s Pilsen community, a largely... read more

Community Service Studies Minor: Unique option links classroom, experience in field

Community Service Studies Minor: Unique option links classroom, experience in field

​​​Cristina Salgado, a senior majoring in psychology at DePaul, vividly remembers the Perspectives on Community... read more

Video class keeps eye to community

Video class keeps eye to community

​​​​​Students in Steve Harp’s documentary video class last quarter broke down scenes of digital film they have shot... read more