Communique from the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M.​

March 2008

Service to the community is at the heart of DePaul's mission, so it was particularly gratifying to learn that DePaul has received the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement for the second year in a row.

The Corporation for National and Community Service named DePaul to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for exemplary service and service to disadvantaged youth.

Our students' extensive service learning opportunities are coordinated primarily through the Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies. Last year, nearly 3,000 students took part in service learning programs, providing critical support to scores of social service agencies throughout the Chicago area. Service learning exemplifies the idea that students learn best by doing, and it helps whet the appetite of students considering a career in the nonprofit and service sectors.

Our students also make a difference in the lives of many people in the community through their volunteer activities coordinated through DePaul’s University Ministry and Student Life offices. These experiences are critical in preparing our students to become socially responsible leaders and future leaders—central to Goal II of our strategic plan, VISION twenty12.

What is remarkable is the breadth of university organizations that serve the community. They include our Greek system, the Office of Mission and Values' new Vincentian Mission Fellows Program, the College of Law's Center for Public Interest Law, the DePaul Community Service Association and so many more.

In the heart of our Lincoln Park Campus is the statue of Monsignor John Egan, a priest and community activist who worked tirelessly on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged. Engraved in the pedestal is this question: "What are you doing for justice?"

It makes me proud to know that thousands of DePaul students answer this question with their generous work every year.​​​