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Shirley Rice-Bono

I have worked at DePaul University for twelve years and currently serve as Assistant Dean of Academic Advising Services for the School for New Learning (SNL).  Before coming to DePaul, I had careers in the financial services and non-profit sectors.  Like most adult students, I earned my college degrees attending evening classes while working full-time.  I earned an associate’s degree in business management at Morton College, a bachelor’s degree in human resource development at Northeastern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in counseling at Northeastern Illinois.

Why DePaul?

I consider it a great privilege to work at DePaul University given its mission and values, as well as its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban identity.  As a native Chicagoan who grew up in the Pilsen neighborhood, I resonate with DePaul’s commitment to the city and to providing educational opportunities to first generation college students.  I appreciate working for an organization that puts its mission and values into daily practice.    

Why VMI?

I had the opportunity to participate in the spring 2011 Vincentian Heritage Tour, led by Fr. Ed Udovic.  It was life-changing to be able to walk in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul with other University colleagues and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the life and work of St. Vincent.    I consider it an honor to participate in the Vincentian Mission Institute to learn with others even more about DePaul University’s Vincentian and Catholic character.  I look forward to gaining knowledge through the Institute that will enable me to more authentically “lead with the mission” in my work as an administrator and in serving DePaul University students.