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Our Work

The Monsignor John J. Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships (UECP) plays a central role in advancing DePaul faculty and student engagement with public agencies, nonprofits, and community-based organizations and schools.

Through innovative scholarship, technical assistance and educational partnerships, UECP addresses critical social issues in Chicago. The Office directly builds on the prior work of the Egan Urban Center and the life's work of Monsignor Egan who dedicated himself to social and racial justice in Chicago.

Central to UECP's approach is building on individual and community strengths through developing authentic, long-term partnerships. The Office draws on Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) methodology as its central approach to fostering the the capacity of Chicago residents to engage in neighborhood transformation and problem solving.

UECP collaborates with public and nonprofit agencies on technical assistance, training, and research projects that draw on the expertise of DePaul faculty across ten colleges and schools. Drawing on participatory and asset-based approaches to community and school development, UECP staff work with community partners from project development and design phases through project reporting and evaluation. Projects that result in program implementation benefit directly from follow-up support by some of the thousands of DePaul students who participate in academic service-learning (ASL) courses each year.

Grant-funded Projects

Through the Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships (UECP), the Steans Center welcomes collaboration with community organizations on grant-funded projects to support technical assistance, training, and program and asset-development in Chicago area communities.

UECP provides research, evaluation, and assessment services to community partners throughout the Chicagoland area. Drawing upon the expertise of staff resarchers and DePaul faculty, and with the support of students, UECP conducts studies that meet partner needs, providing data that can be immediately used to inform projects, program design, policy development, and strategic initiatives.
UECP offers a DePaul Certificate in Community Engagement, a 30 hour course culminating with a certificate of professional achievement. The Office offers broader coaching, consulting and technical assistance in asset-based community development, culturally-sensitive and relevant community engagement strategies, and evaluation of engagement initiatives.
UECP works closely with community partners to develops model programs and initiatives that may involve faculty and students as well as community stakeholders and UECP staff. These projects/programs are co-piloted, co-managed and evaluated using a participatory research design. Utilizing lessons learned and recommendations gleaned from the pilot experience, UECP supports partners to institutionalize successful projects and approaches into on-going organizational operations.
UECP welcomes opportunities to partner with community organizations and those working actively on issues related to improving the well-being of Chicago communities. All our grant-funded efforts are driven by the priorities of our partners and emphasize collaborative project development, transparency of all activities, and the building of trusting an authentic community-university partnerships.

Please contact John Zeigler to discuss opportunities for grant-based partnership. ​