From: Linda Bendixen (
Date: 4/21/2023 5:08:58 PM
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - April 2023

April 2023

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

Upcoming Events

May 2, noon - 1:30 p.m.
ABCD CONNECT - Connectivity through Community Asset Mapping

May 5, 10 a.m. - noon
Faculty Workshop - Negotiating Identity in the Classroom and the Community

May 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Service Speaks

June 13, 15, 20 and 22
ABCD Spring 2023 Virtual Training Workshop

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

Save the Date: 
Conference on Community Engagement, Service Learning and Solidarity

Please save the dates for our third biennial conference in partnership with Australian Catholic University.  The Conference on Community Engagement, Service Learning and Solidarity will be:
Dates:  Nov. 1-3, 2023
Location:  DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Details to follow.


In honor of National Poetry Month, take a moment to read in Collaboratory the amazing story of how DePaul faculty Kathleen Rooney along with other poets are engaging with communities across Chicago through a pop-up project “Poems While You Wait.”

DePaul faculty and staff can login using your campus connect password to start entering your community engagement and public service work in Collaboratory. For more information about Collaboratory, please contact Collaboratory Administrator and Steans Center Associate Director Barbara Smith at

Photo by Joshua Clark, Office of the Mayor

We're in the DePaul Day Resolution!

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council of Chicago declared January 25 DePaul Day, celebrating DePaul University's 125th Anniversary.  The City Council resolution even included a mention of the Steans Center.

From the Newsline article by Kristin Claes Mathews:
"In the resolution, City Council noted that nearly 125,000 DePaul alumni work, live and play in our great city. Blue Demons are driving forces in Chicago's large corporations and small businesses, health-care and government, as well as not-for-profit and community organizations. Students begin their careers as interns and volunteers, with DePaul's Steans Center coordinating service learning to reach more than 300 Chicago-area organizations each year. DePaul's dedicated faculty members contribute their knowledge and talents in the classroom, and many are also leaders in their professional fields."

Congratulations, DePaul!

ABCD Upcoming Events

Join us for: CONNECT - Connectivity through Community Asset Mapping 
Tuesday, May 2 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Central Time 
CONNECT represents a horizontal, iterative process between an Iranian graphic designer and educator and students/staff at Project YouthBuild, a Gainesville, Florida, branch of an AmeriCorps program devoted to high school degree completion and career training for youth forced out of public schools. 

Presenters: Samira Shiridevich, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Department of Art and Art History, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Facilitator: Byron White, Associate Provost of Urban Research and Community Development, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and ABCD Institute Steward
For more information and to register for this free session
Visit our YouTube channel to view recordings of past stories in the series 

Join us for our 18-hour Spring 2023 Virtual Training Workshop
June 13, 15, 20 and 22 
There are limited FREE spaces for DePaul sudents, staff and faculty. Please email Kim Hopes at if you are interested in participating.
View our Eventbrite registration for more information 

Contact Kim Hopes at with any questions.

Welcome, Katie Chose!

Hi everyone! I am the new Service Learning Coordinator.  My name is Katherine Chose, but I prefer to be called ‘Katie.’ I'm currently a Q5 student in the Master’s Entry Nursing Practice (MENP) program. I really enjoy gardening but struggle with keeping some of the flower seedlings alive so if you have a green thumb please help a girl out!  I have been an ER Tech for the last six years, so I am excited to be on the other side of the hospital doors, working in tandem with those organizations that patients seek services/resources from once they leave the hospital.  Suicide Prevention will always be a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. I have played an active role in turning tragedy into advocacy by volunteering with TWLOHA, Hope for the Day, and Out of the Darkness. I’m hoping that I can help others find what they are passionate about so they can make the most out of their CbSL experience here at DePaul!  

University-Community Collaborations Research Published

Congratulations to former Steans Center Associate Director Ruben Alvarez Silva, CbSL Course instructor Dr. Sungsoon Hwang, and their colleagues on their article, "University-Community Collaborations: A Vehicle for Capacity Building and Mutual Learning within an Immigrant Mental Health Coalition", which has been published in "Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice."  

From the abstract:
"This case study describes how university assets can be mobilized to expand coalition resources. The process between the stakeholders of negotiating scopes of work, defining roles, accommodating challenges encountered and suggested best practices are discussed."

Dr. Hwang has taught Community GIS, a CbSL course since 2007.

The article has been published, with the citation:
de los Reyes, W., Ferrera, M. J., Hwang, S., Silva, R. Á., Quarfoot, K., Hasan, N., & Salusky, I. R. (2023). University-Community Collaborations: A Vehicle for Capacity Building and Mutual Learning within an Immigrant Mental Health Coalition. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-Based Research and Practice, 6(1): 1, pp. 1–10. DOI:

Congratulations, everyone!

DePaul Hosts Placemaking Summit

On Friday, February 17, the Egan Office co-hosted with the Division of Mission and Ministry and The Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness an event called the Placemaking Summit at DePaul's Loop Campus.  The Summit bought together affordable housing, anti-gentrification and homeless services advocates from across Chicago to focus on what can be done to further efforts at addressing displacement, homelessness and gentrification in Chicago. John Zeigler facilitated the event which had  over 65 participants and gathered allies including Chicago Housing Initiative Coalition, The Elders' Council, Lawndale Christian Development Corporation, and the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.).

Read the complete article by Jahlynn Hancock in 14East magazine in here.

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