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Our Projects


Lift as You Climb is now in its third year. Over the past two years DePaul COE students have participated in Lift programming, integrating their collective knowledge and expertise into community projects surrounding issues ranging from literacy and higher education to community-police relations.

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.

Street art
This past year, Lift as You Climb worked with two organizations in the Back of the Yards community, Peace & Education Coalition High School (PECHS) and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation PBMR). At PECHS, Lifters met with students and staff to discuss community-police relations. Lifters working with PBMR organized and hosted a mothers retreat here at DePaul. Participants and community members shared their experiences at the 2019 Lift Symposium .

LAYC group