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Annual Report 08

Annual Report 08

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Published by: The Irwin W. Steans Center on Sep 29, 2010
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Educating Socially EngagEd lEadErS
Hw rs
Eective Director
Ms Mes
Associate Director
We are pleased to oer you the 2007-2008 Annual Report o the Irwin W. Steans Center orCommunity-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies. The report reects a yearo record growth or the Center in terms o the amount o service learning taking place at DePaulUniversity and the signicant expansion o programs and projects. At the oundation o all theseimportant orms o university-community engagement lies hard work o a dedicated sta whotruly understands what it means to create reciprocal partnerships that benet both students andcommunity partners.The Steans Center continues on its path toward orming more deeply impactul educationalpartnerships, bringing students, aculty, and community partners together to share and createknowledge and produce positive social change. As an academic center within a Vincentian, Urbanand Catholic university, our programs strive to reect the ideals o the broader mission o DePaul.First and oremost, the Center seeks to create a solid sta o diverse individuals who respect oneanother and understand the importance o each person’s role in the success o our work. Second, inour eorts to reach out beyond the university’s walls to create community partnerships, we insiston respect or the knowledge communities bring to the table and on partnership developmentthat reects reciprocal benet. Lastly, we support aculty in the development o courses that guidestudents away rom seeing service learning as simply a orm o “helping” the underserved, butrather as an inlet or students to understand how to become socially engaged and how to relate theirown academic and career interests to the vast social, economic, and political challenges needing to be addressed in our world.Maintaining the above ideals within the context o rapid growth in service learning at DePaulrequires a sta that remains cognizant o the balance between quality and quantity o programming.The long work hours that underlie the support o our community and academic partners is truly a human endeavor centered on relationship-building. As we grew as a center this past year, sta regularly considered the impact o spreading our human resources too thin and thus undermining our eort to ensure quality student learning and impactul contributions to community partners.The pages that ollow illustrate some o the high quality examples o service learning at DePaulduring academic year 2007-2008. As you read through the report, we hope you will get a sense o how the university has developed a unique service learning model that reects its strategic planto educate students to become socially engaged alumni and leaders as well the institution’s deepcommitment to reducing social inequality through education and service. Please eel ree to oerus eedback and do not hesitate to inquire about any o the courses and programs we support. Weare always looking or new ideas o how to create more productive and impactul socially engagedlearning at DePaul.
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 lie 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 Proessor o Modern Languages, who will ocially 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 dierent programmatic areas such as political science, women andgender studies, sociology, art, psychology, public service, and catholic studies. They may havedierent 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 rened the minorto make sure the core and elective course oerings are rigorous, relevant and timely. We havealso oered 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 ocial 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 condencethat she will take the program in even more new and exciting directions!
 aex g. Mh
Associate Proessor,Commicatiosad Faclt Director,Commit ServiceStdies
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.

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