From: Linda Bendixen (
Date: 5/31/2023 4:44:43 PM
Subject: Steans Center Newsletter - May 2023

May 2023

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

Upcoming Events

Faculty Community Immersion Institute
June 22 & 23, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

DePaul University Conference on Community Engagement, Service Learning & Solidarity - Nov. 1-3
Call for Abstracts - due June 30

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

2023 DePaul University and ACU Conference on Community Engagement, Service-Learning and Solidarity

Call for abstracts - Closes June 30 

DePaul University in partnership with Australian Catholic University will host the third biennial Conference on Community Engagement and Service Learning November 1 - 3, 2023.

We welcome the submission of abstracts for in-person or online presentations related to the praxis, research, and scholarship of community engagement and service-learning (CE/SL).

We encourage presentations that relate to one or more of the following themes (although this is not exhaustive): 
• Solidarity in the process of creating CE/SL courses/co-curricular programming
• Asset-based community development and CE/SL
• Community-engaged learning/teaching
• Community-based Research and Community-engaged Research
• Institutionalization of CE/SL (DePaul featuring Collaboratory; ACU Carnegie process; CE/SL infrastructure to support the work)
• Professional development (building faculty/staff capacity to integrate CE/SL practices)
• Restorative Practice (U.S. and Australia; incarceration and education; reconciliation initiatives; First Peoples)
We encourage presentations that: 
• Involve academic/partner/student triads or dyads (i.e., presenting together). 
• Utilize technology to engage participants. 
• Aim for a 50/50 present/discussion-questions format to allow interaction.
Registration for the conference will be free.
Submit an abstract
Abstracts are to be limited to 250 words and presentations will be 20 minutes in duration. There also will be opportunities for a physical and virtual poster presentation session.

To submit an abstract, please complete the form here.

Submissions close:
• Friday, June 30, 2023

More information and formal invitations to come.  For further enquiries, please contact DePaul Community Engagement at

Inside-Out Spring Courses

Theatre Professor Michelle Lopez-Rios, Theatre School Dean Martine Kei Green-Rogers, and Steans Associate Director Helen Damon-Moore mark the conclusion of “Storytelling: Words That Heal” at Cook County Department of Corrections with Outside students on Monday, May 22, in the parking lot as they depart.  Other Inside-Out courses this spring have included Education Professor Christopher Worthman’s “Deconstructing the School-to-Prison Pipeline” and Professor John Zeigler’s “Masculinity, Justice and the Law.”  DePaul will offer six Inside-Out courses in 2023-2024.  See flyer below for details.

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.  

EFECT Launch

The Egan Family Engagement and Coalition Initiative (EFECT) team welcomed 30 North and South Lawndale families to its third cohort on March 28, 2023. EFECT provides a safe space for families to come together, share their stories, learn about topics of importance to them and connect with community resources. This year families will learn from DePaul faculty and community leaders on a broad range of subjects such as Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), coalition building, and financial literacy. The sessions run once a week in the Spring quarter and are held in schools, community partner sites, and at DePaul University. This initiative is possible thanks to the generous support of Kathy and John Schreiber and the Napolitano Family.

Community-based Research Faculty Fellowship Symposium

On Aprll 13, Steans Center Executive Director Howard Rosing co-hosted the Community-based Research Faculty Fellowship Symposium with Maria Ferrera and the Center for Community Health Equity. Six past fellows presented, led off by an introduction by Associate Provost for Research Daniela Stan Raicu.

Featured DePaul CbR Faculty Fellows:

  • Daniel Schober, Public Health
    • Community-based Research to Address Hypertension Among African Americans on the West Side of Chicago
  • Joanna Buscemi, Psychology (pictured above)
    • Community-Engaged Health Equity Research with Brothers Health Collective
  • Molly Brown, Psychology
    • #SOS4SROs: Leveraging Research and Action for Single-Room Occupancy Preservation
  • Nila Ginger Hofman, Anthropology
    • Neoliberal intensification: Tipped wages and the health of restaurant workers
  • Sonya Crabtree-Nelson, Social Work
    • Head Injury and Strangulation in Swedish Hospital Emergency Department Domestic Violence Patients: How One Emergency Department Responds to Critical Health Crisis
Faculty can learn about DePaul's CbR Fellowships through the following websites:
Community-based Research Faculty Fellowship
Community-Engaged Health Equity Fellowship

Curiosity and Creativity in the City: Enhancing Student Learning Through Chicago-based Research

We are thrilled to announce our third instance of the biennial Chicago Research Summit happening this fall and invite you to propose a program for the one-day online Summit on October 20, 2023.
Please consider proposing a program and sharing this notice with your colleagues and friends. Over 100 librarians, faculty, and others attended the 2021 Summit. Your contributions will make it possible once again to share and explore ways to empower undergraduate students with Chicago-based research experiences.
We are seeking presenters across disciplines to lead engaging and stimulating sessions that illustrate how they are using Chicago-based research pedagogy to enhance undergraduate student learning. We are also interested in sessions that share research, institutional best practices, successful programs, assignments, coursework, and creative approaches to this method of instruction. Lastly, we encourage representatives from Chicago area museums, cultural institutions, and community organizations to submit proposals that highlight their services, resources, and collections. We encourage submissions of presentations or panels that relate to the theme of “Curiosity and Creativity in the City” including own-voice narratives, oral histories, creative projects, or other approaches.
Areas of interest include:
• Engaging Undergraduate learners
• Inspiring Student Creatives
• Pedagogical Approaches to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Program Administration and Evaluation 
• Community Partnerships
• Exploring Chicago’s Archival Collections 
• Discovering Chicago’s Hidden Stories
All sessions and talks will be virtual.
The deadline for submitting proposals is June 15, 2023. Presenters will be notified in early August 2023 of their proposal status.
Opening Night Reception with Rebecca Makkai
This year, the Chicago Research Summit is offering an additional opportunity to connect and learn! Acclaimed author Rebecca Makkai will be our guest on October 5, 2023 for an in-person reception at Columbia College Chicago where she will discuss her Chicago-based research for The Great Believers. Join the Chicago Research Summit email list to stay in touch and receive more information about this opportunity as details become available.

In this virtual event series, hear from outstanding scholars, leaders, and practitioners about their work and the journeys that brought them to where they are today.
The speakers, who are winners of this year’s Campus Compact Impact Awards and the 2022 IARSLCE Awards, have each been recognized for outstanding contributions to higher education civic and community engagement. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments and exploring new and innovative approaches to our shared work.

Click here to register.  Sessions begin June 6 at 3PM Eastern!

Contact Us

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