Egan Office For Urban Education & Community Partnerships (UECP)


Engagement with Chicago


The Steans Center's Monsignor John J. Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnerships (UECP)  plays a central role in advancing DePaul faculty and student engagement with public agencies and community-based organizations and schools.  Through innovative scholarship, technical assistance and educational programming in schools UECP addresses critical social issues. The Office directly builds on the work the Egan Urban Center (See Brief History) and the life's work of Monsignor Egan who dedicated himself to social and racial justice in Chicago.



Innovative Community Engagement Tools, Research and Programming

As an epicenter of innovative program and project development at the Steans Center, UECP seeks to further

Monsignor Egan's work for social justice by strengthening DePaul's educational connections to the City of Chicago and surrounding municipalities. The Office strategically focuses on primary and secondary schools (public and private), adult and continuing education, community engagement training with public

and nonprofit agencies, veterans education, vocational and post-incarceration projects, violence prevention projects, projects supporting early intervention, special education, and people with disabilities, and parent education projects that serve economically-distressed and underserved populations.


Through Grant-funded Projects, Catholic School Partnerships and Public School Partnerships, UECP deepens the Steans Center's and DePaul's engagement in communities of Chicago


Grant-funded Projects

UECP collaborates with public and nonprofit agencies on technical assistance, training, and research projects that draw on the expertise of DePaul faculty across ten colleges and schools. Drawing on participatory and asset-based approaches to community and school development, UECP Staff works with community partners from project development and design phases through project reporting and evaluation. Projects that result in program implementation can benefit directly from follow-up support by some of the thousands of DePaul students who participate in academic service-learning (ASL) courses each year.


Catholic Schools Partnerships (CSP)

UECP partners with Big Shoulder Fund to support Catholic schools that serve students from low-income Chicago households. The core of the partnerships are paid DePaul student tutor/mentors and interns that serve the educational needs of Catholic school partners. These tutors and interns are trained to recognize the potential to introduce new resources to the school in support of student learning. The DePaul students, in turn, enroll in the Community Service Studies course Catholic Social Teaching Reflection where they learn broader theoretical and conceptual understandings related to their work in the schools. In turn, the tutor/mentors provide opportunities to work on deeper partnerships with the schools, including providing additional support from students from ASL courses.


Public School Partnerships (PSP)

PSP draws on DePaul's wealth of educational resources to provide support of targeted Chicago Public Schools. As with CSP, the core of these partnerships are DePaul tutor/mentors who receive scholarship funding to work in schools to enhance student learning and to support and build community-school partnerships.  PSP tutor/mentors are trained in asset-based approaches to community development and to identify ways in which DePaul and other organizations can support school and student success.