An associate professor and faculty mentor in DePaul's School for New Learning, Gabriele Strohschen puts her background with nonprofit and advocacy to work through Community Connexxions, a group that connects students to community-based organizations and grass roots initiatives across Chicago to strengthen civic and political engagement to address issues of social injustice.
A former high school principal, Rob Karpinski knows what it's like to work with students and what they need to succeed. He also knows an educator's job doesn't end when the last school bell rings. That's why he dedicates his personal time to multiple schools and organizations across Chicagoland, sharing his expertise as the director of DePaul's Catholic School Initiatives.
When Jennifer O'Brien moved to Chicago two years ago, she sought an opportunity to serve those who were less fortunate and affected by poverty. Inspiration Cafe served as a stepping stone in her efforts to make a difference in the lives of others.
DePaul's Nan Zabriskie is a long-time member of the Chicago theatre community who seeks to promote environmentally friendly practices in an industry where being green is rarely a priority. She intends to change that with the Chicago Green Theatre Alliance.
Matthew Sorenson, an associate professor in DePaul's School of Nursing started volunteering for the Night Ministry in 1999. He believes education alone is not enough to make changes in the lives of patients. The first step, he has learned, is to build a relationship with the community. That way the Night Ministry can support changes as they begin to happen.
Founded in 2003, SitStayRead, which serves more than 2,000 children, is a free program that uses dogs to tackle childhood illiteracy, raise animal awareness and foster a love of learning for Chicago's low-income students.
Cindy Lawson and Gene Zdziarski were heavily involved in the crisis response of the Texas A&M University bonfire collapse that killed 12 and injured 27 more on Nov.18, 1999. Today they volunteer time to educate others about how to manage a crisis.
In 2011 Carrie McAteer began volunteering for the Danny Did Foundation, an organization that benefits epilepsy. Now board president of the foundation, McAteer is raising awareness for the condition she was diagnosed with as a teenager.