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Explore Your Purpose

At DePaul, we want you to not only strive for academic and career success, but also live a life grounded in meaning and purpose.

Explore Your Purpose at DePaul University

Exploring your purpose starts with knowing yourself—recognizing your resources, skills and talents. And then, as inspired by DePaul’s Vinc​entian values, we think it is important to then figure out how your resources, skills and talents are not only used for your benefit—but how they also can be used for the common good and well-being of others. 

So how do you recognize your resources, skills and talents? And then how do you learn to invest those resources, skills and talents for common good and well-being of others?

Finding the answers to these questions can sometimes take a lifetime—but there is no better time than your time at DePaul to start the journey.

And it doesn’t matter what your religious background (if any) or what career path you are on or are considering—as a member of the DePaul community, you can benefit from exploring your purpose.

Want to begin—or continue—your journey now? Explore the resources on this site and/or reach out to

Get Inspired

See what has inspired people at DePaul to explore their purpose and share what inspires you.

Start Exploring

There are a number of ways you can begin exploring your purpose at DePaul. Here are a few of them.

For Faculty and Staff

Faculty and instructional staff looking to integrate purpose exploration into their teaching can find useful resources, including dozens of activities, on the Teaching Commons website.


Explore Your Purpose at DePaul was originally supported by a grant to DePaul University from the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). The Lilly Endowment generously supports such NetVUE grants to its college and university members.