CSS DIRECTOR’S LETTER
It is hard to believe that another year has already gone by. It is even harder to believe that thisyear marks my sixth year directing the Community Service Studies program. This positionhas been an incredibly important part o my lie at DePaul. It has really given me a ocus andpurpose or being here. So, it is with mixed eelings that I say that this is also my last yeardirecting the program as I transition the position to Dr. Jacqueline Lazú, Assistant Proessor o Modern Languages, who will ocially take over at the end o the academic year.It has been an amazing journey. Through this work, I have not only had an opportunity to work with some incredible students, but I have been able to interact and partner witha number o aculty in dierent programmatic areas such as political science, women andgender studies, sociology, art, psychology, public service, and catholic studies. They may havedierent disciplinary rameworks, but they share a commitment and enthusiasm or engaging students in community service. I have also had the privilege o working closely with the sta at the Steans Center. These are people who live DePaul’s mission o service to marginalizedcommunities—they are inspiring. Through these collaborations, we have rened the minorto make sure the core and elective course oerings are rigorous, relevant and timely. We havealso oered students the opportunity to ocus their studies in discrete concentrations such asservice in the arts, gender studies, social sciences, religious studies, and Vincentianism. And, wecontinue to work on exciting new concentrations in community-based research, peace studies,and poverty studies.I am also happy to report that the Community Service Studies program continues to grow.There are currently over 120 students minoring in Community Service Studies. They representa range o academic disciplines including liberal arts and sciences, communication, computerscience, education, and commerce. The majority o these students are Community ServiceScholars—students who are awarded a scholarship in Community Service as reshman. Beyondthe scholars, the program continues to attract students rom across the university interested intheoretical and philosophical concerns o democracy and social responsibility as well as moreapplied aspects o community development and social activism. These students give me hope! Although I am stepping-down rom my ocial role directing this program, I plan to continueto be an active participant by teaching Community Service Studies courses and serving on theadvisory board. I look orward to working with Jacqueline Lazú and have complete condencethat she will take the program in even more new and exciting directions!
aex g. Mh
Associate Proessor,Commicatiosad Faclt Director,Commit ServiceStdies
Partially a result o her contributions to the Community Service Studies minor,Dr. Murphy was the recipient o the 2008 DePaul Excellence in Public Service Award.