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Annual Service Speaks Conference
Service Speaks 2023

Service Speaks is an annual conference that has highlighted the service learning and community engagement work of DePaul students and community partners since 2008. 

Each academic year, over 200 courses and programs send students into the community to lift up the assets of our community partners through community-based service learning (CbSL) and project-based classes, a community-based scholarship program, community internships, and community-based research. These connections result in beneficial outcomes for the community organization and provide transformational experiences for our students. 

This year, Service Speaks was held at the Lincoln Park Student Center on Monday, May 15th.​

The 15 Annual Service Speaks Conference featuring presentations from community-engaged students started w​ith an address from Double Demon Sarah Gelsomino, JD, on her work as a civil rights lawyer.  Gelsomino urged the crowd to continue their great work in the community upon graduation, saying that she knew the moment she stepped on campus that DePaul was the place for her, as it enabled her to apply her passion for social justice from her work at the Steans Center to her undergraduate courses to her law school experience.

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