The Women’s and Gender Studies Department has a Service Learning and Internship Program (SLIP) that promotes community-based service learning and internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and affiliated programs at DePaul University. To do so, we form long-term partnerships with both feminist-informed community organizations and other DePaul University departments and programs in order to produce multi-disciplinary, multi-course, and multi-year projects that serve our students and community partners. We are committed to a collaborative effort among students, faculty, and community organizations to develop programs and research that promote social change.
The WGS Service Learning and Internship Program is housed within the department of Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University and is administered by the Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender and Community.
The Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender, and Community keeps a list of Community Organizations as well as an Internship and Job Board.
DePaul Student Organizations
The Office of Student Life hosts a broad range of student organizations and opportunities for student engagement. Organizations with connections to the Women’s Center and to Women’s and Gender Studies include the following:
Act OUT is an LGBTQA activist organization at DePaul. The organization meets weekly to discuss current issues facing the LGBTQA community in Chicago and beyond. During meetings, members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of queer theory and activsim. Act OUT also engages in the Chicago community volunteering with Queer organizations throughout the city.
Building Communities, Ending Violence
We are a group that seeks to share and practice skills for collective, community-based interventions into everyday oppression and violence. Through strategy sessions, peacemaking circles, and other practices, we offer space for reflection, dialogue and skill building around healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation. Each quarter we offer Dandelions in the Concrete – a night of community building through creative arts, storytelling, affirmations, an open mic, along with food and drink.
DePaul Feminist Front
The Feminist Front seeks to promote the rights of all women. We take a radical intersectional approach with special attention paid to the rights of women of color, trans women, queer women, economically disadvantaged women, and women with varying levels of ability. We seek to use a radical leftist, anti-racist lens to approach these issues, always hoping to find solutions that rely on the community’s ability to heal from within itself rather than the structural forces that have historically oppressed us.
DePaul STRONG (Sisters Together Recognizing Our Never-Ending Growth)
The purpose of this organization is to promote mental, physical, spiritual and emotional growth for women of color through self reflection, education, collective healing, and empowerment. Together, S.T.R.O.N.G women strive to break negative stereotypes concerning women of color and advocate for important issues that affect our lives.
Queer People of Color (QPOC) DePaul
Queer People of Color (QPOC) DePaul is a student organization that seeks to unite and provide a social space for individuals at DePaul University who identify as queer people of color. QPOC was developed with the guidance of LGBTQA Student Services recognizing that it is important to address the multiple intersecting identities that queer people of color possess. Meetings will consist of members sharing experiences through informal conversations, film screenings, and community building exercises.QPOC DePaul welcomes people from all backgrounds with an interest in learning about minority identities and backgrounds with an open mind.
Spectrum is a LGBTQA student organization at DePaul. Weekly meetings provide a range of activities: discussions about current issues in the LGBTQA community, guest speakers, off-campus events and more!