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Egan Mosaic

The Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships continues to provide a platform for community voices and a catalyst for change in Chicago’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Egan Office has a rich history of integrating academic excellence with authentic community engagement. Our students are situated front and center on critical issues confronting our schools and grapple with the ideal of social justice in those spaces. From our veteran’s project to the school-based initiatives we strive to negotiate an intentional, systematic and transformative university-community approach that would achieve community-identified outcomes.

The Egan Office formula for university-community engagement follows in the path of Monsignor John J. Egan and John McKnight’s approach to community engagement. The activist role that em-bodied Father Egan confronted unjust systems while at the same time “connected the dots” to create impact particularly in communities of color. McKnight’s asset-based approach recognizes that real community building starts from identifying the strengths and gifts that already exist in the community. 

John Zeigler Sig

John W. Zeigler

Director​​​​​​​​​​​​ of the Egan Office for UECP​​​

​Welcoming Dr. Patricia Novick

We would like to welcome returning fellow Patricia Novick! For more than thirty years, as a consultant, trainer, training designer, and ordained minister, Rev. Patricia Novick has focused on issues of social justice, diversity, health, and the environment.  She holds doctoral degrees in clinical psychology and in ministry, as well as master’s degrees in sociology and divinity.

In 2018, she was one of three persons awarded the prestigious Belfer Fellowship by the Anti-Defamation League for her activities to combat discrimination and advance social justice. She is currently a research fellow at the Field Museum of Natural History as well as a returning fellow at the Egan Office for UECP at DePaul. In the past, she has been a research fellow at Loyola, De Paul, and Harvard universities.

She has provided extensive train-the-trainer workshops on mental health, resilience, and personal vitality to leaders from the Latinx, African-American, Asian, and other minority communities in Chicago and beyond. The self-care wellness program she designed has been taught to more than ten thousand people in the United States and other countries.

We are so excited to have Dr. Novick on our team once again, and can't wait for all the incredible work she is bound to do!


In Loving Memory, Dr. Tecora Rogers-Harper


We are grieving the passing of Egan Office School Community Organizer, Tecora Rogers Harper who passed away on 9/6/19. Tecora was a kind and brilliant person with passion and dedication to bettering education for students in Chicago. Below is an excerpt from the beautifully written bereavement notice DePaul sent out that exemplifies her intellect, passion, and heart.

"Along with her keen intellect, Tecora brought wonderful energy, spirit, and sense of humor to all fortunate enough to enjoy her presence in their lives. She was a committed scholar and her important work on more culturally relevant curriculum promised to help restore a sense of curiosity, wonder, and personal engagement for many students who too often find little of themselves or their histories in the school curriculum. Her work with teachers and schools on the west side was already bearing fruit helping teachers and school leaders better understand and engage with students and communities that were often unfamiliar to them. Tecora was a "triple Demon" earning a Bachelors's degree in African American/Black Studies and a Master's in Adult Education from DePaul and was near completion of her Doctor of Education degree from the College of Education. She was very involved in the life of the college and university, having served on the Presidential Search Student Vetting Committee, serving as a Student Commencement Speaker, serving as treasurer of the Education Doctoral Student Association, among many other service activities. Tecora was a professional vocalist who toured internationally. She gave generously of herself to DePaul, not the least by sharing her incredible voice at many university events. She will be sorely missed."

Tecora was a staple in our office and we will feel her loss deeply, but her spirit lives on in the impact she made through her dedication to St. Malachy and passion for the work of the Egan Office. Rest In Peace, Tecora.