About Us

Our Mission

The Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning provides educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian community values to DePaul students. The Center seeks to develop mutually beneficial, reciprocal relationships with community organizations in order to develop 
a sense of social agency in our students through enrollment in CbSL courses, community internships and placements, and community-based student employment.


We accomplish this by

Advocating for the rights of all people to ensure equal opportunity and fair access to resources that satisfy basic human needs of housing, health, education, employment, safety, and a livable environment.

Seeking an intellectual and social environment where a plurality of world views, cultures, and value systems are respected, understood, encouraged and appreciated, and where students and community are empowered to become active participants in shaping a more equitable, egalitarian, and livable world.

Empowering through service and assistance, so people can realize their own abilities to resolve issues that they thought themselves incapable of overcoming.

Implementing education programs and practices that are egalitarian, equitable, and effective for a diverse group of students, faculty, staff, and communities. Address issues of personal and community empowerment, critical knowledge, ethical values, and the realization of participatory democracy.

Developing with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community a reciprocal, mutual, and trusting process to understand community needs, cultures, and resources within the broader social context that addresses power relations.