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Our Projects

Our first pilot featured groups working in criminal justice, literacy, and higher education. Groups were composed of students and alumni from all COE programs and levels (beginning undergraduate to doctoral), were facilitated by Lifters themselves, and were joined by a COE faculty member, Lift founder/leaders (COE students/staff), and by a leader with extensive experience in the group’s area.


Criminal justice lifters brought together representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters Chicago and West Park Academy of the Arts in Humboldt Park to assist in the creation of a mentoring program, worked with Chicago Police Department’s 15th precinct to lay groundwork for a mentoring program, and put together a podcast about the experiences.

Our literacy group ran an extensive book drive and hosted a full-day literacy fair at the Marquette School of Excellence in Chicago Lawn attended by teachers, parents, students, community members, and members of the DePaul community (undergraduates through alumni).

Our higher education group researched programs, services, and different populations of first-generation students at DePaul, conducted information sharing events at the Student Center, and presented best-practices for serving first-generation students to leaders at DePaul and other universities.​​