Community Engagement

DePaul has been engaged in social justice and community engagement since it was founded in 1898.  

Haiti Initiatives
DePaul's long-term commitment to Haiti is a demonstration – in true Vincentian manner – of the spirit and the strength of our DePaul community, coming together as one to enrich and deepen the lives of others and to learn more about ourselves. Come join us help to make a change in the lives of others and in our own lives.  

University Ministry, Community Service and Civic Engagement
University Ministry Community Service provides students with service opportunities, while encouraging them to develop their faith lives in light of their service involvement. Inspired by the example of St. Vincent de Paul, students will be engaged in direct service and advocacy while working towards building a more just society. University Ministry Community Service is committed to working collaboratively with all areas of the university, especially those engaged in community service, to further DePaul's Catholic-Vincentian-urban mission.

Steans Center
The Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning provides educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian community values. The center develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to develop a sense of social agency in our students through enrollment in CbSL courses, community internships, and community-based student employment.

Center for Interreligious Engagement (CIE)
The work of CIE, based in DePaul's department of religious studies, focuses on one central question: What are the requirements for building sustainable bridges among individuals and communities associated with different religious cultures?

Institute for Business and Professional Ethics
The mission of the Institute of Business and Professional Ethics is to stir the moral conscience by developing models for ethical decision-making in business. The center teaches students ethical practices and inspires them to engage in social justice initiatives, advance ethical practices in Chicago-area business organizations, and catalyze the for-profit sector to address poverty through active engagement.

International Human Rights Law Institute (IHRLI)
IHRLI is at the forefront of contemporary human rights and rule-of-law research, training and advocacy. Since its founding, IHRLI has designed and managed projects around the world on post-conflict justice, human rights documentation and analysis, capacity building for legal professionals, gender rights and human trafficking.
 IHRLI conducts scholarly research on international criminal law, international humanitarian law and a variety of human rights and rule of law issues. IHRLI also prepares DePaul law students, activists and scholars for careers in human rights through courses, fellowship programs, internships and research opportunities in Chicago and abroad.

Eden Place STEM Service Learning Grant
This project, led by Barb Willard [embed email address Barbara Willard BWILLARD@depaul.edu], associate professor at DePaul, is a collaboration between Eden Place Nature Center, DePaul and Chicago State University.   Community members, students, and faculty organize the community to help create food security and access in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood. 

Participants practice the basics of urban agriculture while working at Eden Urban Farms – a year-round farm located in a food desert (impoverished areas where residents have limited access to nutritious sources of fresh produce). 

Environmental Stewardship Community Internship (ESCI)
ESCI provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for DePaul environmental science/studies students to experience community-based environmental stewardship in the context of urban agriculture and youth development. 

The internships are based out of the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side of Chicago.  The interns support the garden department’s offerings as part of the Gary Comer Youth Center’s academic enrichment/summer camp for youth ages 8-12 and the Green Career Exploration program for youth ages 13-18.

Through support of the Department of Environmental Science and Studies and the Steans Center for Community Service Learning the interns will support educational programming for youth ages K – 18 at GCYC.

News & Events

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  • Sister Helen Prejean Week

    4/21/14
    Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., activist and author of Dead Man Walking, will once again visit DePaul for a week’s worth of programming inspired by her work
  • Winter Quarter DRMA Lecture

    2/18/14
    11:30am to 1:00pm; Library - Richardson Library Lincoln Park Campus, 115, Kristine Ashton Gunnell, Ph.D. will be giving a lecture on the Daughters of Charity in Los Angeles.
  • Lunch with Vincent

    2/11/14
    LPSC 314A; 11:30am - 1:00pm; Speaker: Susanne Dumbleton; Topic: Empathy: Extravagant and Ordinary
  • Autumn DRMA Lecture

    9/25/13
    Wednesday, September 25 at 11:30am to 1:00pm Library - Richardson Library Lincoln Park Campus, 115. Speaker: Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., Ph.D. will present the autumn quarter lecture titled “St Vincent's Reading List”.
  • Vincentian Heritage Tour Information Session for Faculty & Staff (LPC Campus)

    9/23/13
    Faculty and staff are invited to join in a lunch conversation with those who have previously participated in this study tour of France, and discover why the journey is such a phenomenal opportunity!