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