From: Linda Bendixen (
Date: 6/30/2023 4:35:15 PM
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - June 2023

June 2023

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

Upcoming Events

Community Partner Orientation - Fridays, noon - 1 p.m.
July 7, July 21, August 18 via zoom
August 4 - in person!

ABCD Summer 2023 Virtual Training Workshop
July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2 & 9
Click on the links below for information on upcoming events at Member Organizations

Academic Service Learning Summer Partner Orientation


In preparation for Fall Quarter partnerships, we are excited to announce the ASL team will host orientations for community partners via zoom.

Additionally, we will host one in person orientation at our Lincoln Park campus on August 4th, 2023. You can register through the same links as the virtual orientations.

The presentation will cover the same information, so please feel free to sign up for one orientation date that works best for your schedule.  All are welcome to join those anytime with questions or to chat with someone for our ASL team.

Click the link to below to register for your preferred Orientation date for more details!

Registration Link


The Academic Service Learning Team

Unlock a world of collaboration at Collaboratory! Read the most compelling community engagement stories from 2022-2023 that demonstrate how DePaul is fulfilling its mission while aligning efforts to address key community priorities. Get ready to co-create, connect, and make a lasting impact!

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

ABCD Upcoming Events

Join us for our 18-hour Summer 2023 Virtual Training Workshop
July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug 2 & 9
There are limited FREE spaces for DePaul students, 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.

If you would like to receive information on ABCD events and our quarterly newsletter, please click here to sign up

Volunteer with Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons (C2C), founded in 2002, provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive-at home, at school, and at play. We supply clothing, shoes, diapers, school supplies, and more, free of charge. Our vision is that one day all children will have the essentials they need to thrive. 

We rely on volunteers to help us quality check, sort, and organize donated items to be packaged up and ready for distribution to our partners!
We are in need of volunteers for our 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. shift on Saturday, July 22 at our Giving Factory located at 2500 W Bradley Place Chicago, IL 60618.

Help Prep Backpacks in Daley Plaza on July 31!
On Wednesday, August 2 Cradles to Crayons will be hosting our Backpack-a-thon event at Daley Plaza where we will pack about 30,000 backpacks to go out to Chicagoland children! 

To prepare for the event, we will need help setting up the tables and supplies on Monday, July 31 at Daley Plaza. Volunteers will assist with setting up tables, unboxing school supplies, breaking down boxes, and more. 
This volunteer opportunity involves physical labor and lifting heavy boxes. We are looking for volunteers in two shifts: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Please email Michele at to be scheduled for these events or for more information.


Higher Education in Teaching and Learning Conference in Scotland

Mona Antwan, Founder of the Non-Profit Mindfulness Leader, and Helen Damon-Moore, Assoc. Dir. of the Steans Center and Professor of Community Service Studies, presented a poster co-authored with Beth Catlett at the Higher Education in Teaching and Learning Conference in Scotland on June 14.  Titled “Mindful Community-Based Service Learning: A Gateway to Compassion and Social Justice,” the poster addressed how harnessing the power of mindfulness, meditation, and emotional intelligence can enhance efforts to work for the development of ethical, compassionate, and asset-based community partnerships.  The poster also shared ways that mindful service learning can foster student, faculty, and community constituent health and meaningful progress toward  social change.

Egan Family Engagement and Coalition Initiative (EFECT) Celebrates Third Cohort

On June 6, family, community, and university members celebrated the accomplishment of the 27 parents and guardians who came together for 10 weeks in the Spring term to discuss issues impacting families and their communities of North and South Lawndale. The group challenged systems of inequity, shared their stories, and planned a project to support their schools and communities. Associate Director of the Egan Office for Urban Education, Community Partnerships Dr. Monica Ramos, Counseling students Mia Andersen and Suellen Beijos, and Family Liaisons Viridiana Soriano and Frizella Carter led the initiative’s efforts. The EFECT initiative seeks to build stronger communities through family engagement. This initiative is possible thanks to the support of John and Kathleen Schreiber and the Napolitano Family. 

Nonprofit Community Information Forum Features CbSL

On Wednesday, June 28, the Touch Gift Foundation and Cradle to Success partnered to host the Nonprofit Community Information Forum at Gifts from God Ministry, a hybrid event with an additional 36 online participants. They presented several projects created through community-based service learning (CbSL) course partnerships, including a community asset map and a community survey. The map and survey were both designed by DePaul undergraduate students in a Spring Quarter Liberation Theology course taught by Professor Scott Paeth. Miranda Standberry-Wallace, Associate Director of Academic Service Learning team, also presented on the Steans Center’s Community-based Learning partnership opportunities and the process for becoming a Steans Center community partner. 

The Nonprofit Community Information Forum brings together nonprofits, community leaders, business partners and residents interested in making a positive impact in the community. 

Contact Us

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