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Student Engagement: On-Campus Experiences, Virtual Opportunities

​​​​​Many parents and families are curious about in-person events during spring quarter as vaccines are distributed throughout Chicago. While there will be more opportunities for students to gather in person this quarter, it is not based on the amount of people who are vaccinated. 

“The university and Student Involvement develop guidelines for in-person events based on recommendations from the city,” says Student Involvement director Courtney James. “The number of vaccines is not necessarily going to drive any changes; we are just going in tandem with whatever Chicago recommends.”

While plans for on-campus events may change based on the city's COVID recommendations at any given time, currently​ there are a variety of fun events and activities planned for students to join under Chicago’s current guidelines. The Midterms Cereal Bar is coming up this quarter and will be a hybrid event for students to participate virtually or in-person.

“The Midterms Cereal Bar usually takes place in the winter on campus, but we couldn’t do it this year. Doing it in the spring will allow students to experience this event traditionally with cereal, games and other students, but they will also have the option to join the fun virtually by requesting a kit to be mailed to them” says James. 

Other exciting events on campus during spring quarter include Mini Golf, Bumper Cars, Glow Bingo and Arcade Night. The DePaul Activities Board (DAB) also offers a large variety of virtual events for students on DeHub, where students can find offerings from student organizations across the university. Click here for updates regarding experiences on campus and student organization operations.

Blue Thursdays are another way for students to virtually engage with others at DePaul.

“Blue Thursday is a university-wide initiative to encourage students, staff and faculty to wear blue on Thursdays to promote school spirit and community,” explained James. “It physically shows camaraderie, and everyone can participate on social media, no matter where they are.”

Students can purchase classic and new DePaul gear at the bookstore to show off their Blue Demon pride on Blue Thursdays. They can also follow @DPUInvolvement on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook​ to stay updated on Blue Thursdays, virtual opportunities and on campus experiences this quarter. ​