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Annual Report 07

Annual Report 07

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Published by: The Irwin W. Steans Center on Sep 29, 2010
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for Community-based serviCe Learning & Community serviCe studies
Howard Rosing
Exective Director
Marisol Morales
Associate Director
It is with great pleasure that we oer you the rst Annual Report o the Irwin W. Steans Centeror Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies. The projects reectedupon in this report are the product o the hard work o DePaul students and aculty, SteansCenter sta, and our many community partners who allow us to collaborate with them to createmeaningul educational opportunities.The Steans Center creates educational partnerships that bring students and aculty together withresidents o communities throughout Chicago and internationally to share knowledge in order to better understand and to positively change the world around us. Our mission reects that o theuniversity’s Vincentian mission o service and preerential option or the poor in that it supportssocial equality in terms o access to educational resources or underserved communities and inaddressing the interests o low-income, exploited and oppressed groups. Our work acilitates anacademic connection to the mission by directly integrating service into DePaul’s curriculum.By applying theory to practice through creative service opportunities directly linked to courselearning goals and objectives, we create experiential and values-based learning that distinguishesDePaul as one o the most socially-engaged universities in the country.Behind the scenes o the many projects supported by the Steans Center is detailed preparatory and logistical work required to acilitate successul service learning courses and programs. This work could not take place with out the talents o multiple ull-time and part-time proessionalsta and numerous student workers who dedicate long hours to developing relationshipsinternally, locally and internationally and to making the service learning experience or studentsas seamless as possible.In the pages that ollow, you will see that we value local knowledge and respect community partners as purveyors o that knowledge. Our role as acilitators is in connecting the great workdone by aculty in the classroom to the applied knowledge o community partners. As a result,DePaul students enrich their educational experience and become socially-engaged leaders. Asyou read through the report, please note that the inormation presented only reects exampleso the many partnerships and programs we support. Please oer us eedback as well as eel reeto inquire about any o the vast variety o courses and projects that we supported during the2006-2007 academic year.
Community Service Studies (CSS) is an interdisciplinary minor that oers students a contextor critically reecting upon and engaging in community service. The CSS program startedin 1998 when a group o DePaul aculty and sta gathered to discuss how to provide students with a greater integration o the pedagogy o community-based service learning in theirgeneral course curricula. As a result, the CSS minor consists o three core courses addressing historical and contemporary perspectives on community service, nonprot management, anda community internship. Students then choose three additional courses rom across disciplinesthat address issues surrounding community service, social justice, community assets, andthe possibilities o social change. Students can also choose their three electives rom among recently created concentrations within the minor such as community service and the arts,sociology, psychology, political science, and women’s and gender studies. These concentrationsallow students to ocus their learning in areas most relevant or their practical and academicinterests. An exciting new interdisciplinary concentration in community-based research is alsounderway.The program is designed or students interested in developing a deeper understanding andpractice o community service either as a prelude to a career ater graduation or to enhancetheir personal sense o social justice as they enter the world o work. In this way, studentsare provided with the opportunity to integrate progressively deeper and more challenging orms o service and social engagement with more challenging intellectual reection. CSS hasgrown rom the initial 22 students to over 100 students rom a variety o majors across theuniversity, including a competitively selected group o community service scholars who receivea scholarship or their participation in the program. This growth is expected to continue asmore and more students become aware o its existence and how it can complement their majorprogram o study.
 Aleandra G. Murphy
Associate Proessor,Commicatiosad Faclt Director,Commit ServiceStdies
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