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Deepen our commitment to DePaul’s Catholic, Vincentian, and urban mission

DEPAUL'S MISSION DISTINGUISHES US AMONG THE FINEST CATHOLIC UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION. This mission defines our identity, determines our actions, and grounds our goals. Our primary enduring commitment remains in taking intentional action to sustain and further institutionalize our Catholic, Vincentian identity. The Vincentian question “What must be done?” calls us to take action in service of others as we prepare students to contribute to the collective good.

 1.1 Enable the DePaul community to assume responsibility for advancing the mission into the future

A. Develop and implement succession plans for the board of trustees and executive and senior leadership to ensure that the next generation of university leaders, whatever their religious affiliations, is fully prepared to sustain DePaul’s Catholic, Vincentian, and urban identity.
B. Develop and implement curricular and co-curricular programs to promote undergraduate and graduate student engagement with all aspects of the university’s mission, identity, and values, including service, faith development, inter-religious dialogue, and advocacy for systemic change and social justice.
C. Strengthen and deepen faculty and staff understanding of our Catholic, Vincentian identity.

 1.2 Sustain support for teaching, service, and research that nurture our Catholic, Vincentian identity

A. Ensure DePaul remains the premier international center for the study of Vincentian history and spirituality.
B. Continue to develop curricular engagement with the Catholic intellectual tradition and Vincentian studies.
C. Provide thought leadership in addressing pressing issues of social and environmental justice, including global efforts to eradicate street homelessness.
D. Strengthen partnerships with local Catholic schools.
E. Better coordinate and advance our mission-based community outreach efforts at the local, national, and international levels.