Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chicago Quarter Staff Professional Role

Looking for an opportunity to build relationships and work with first-year students at DePaul?
Interested in connecting to and supporting students as they mentor first year students?
Learn more about the Chicago Quarter Staff Professional role!

What is the Chicago Quarter?
The Chicago Quarter is a required course for all first-year students and courses reflect the central goals of the larger Liberal Studies Program at DePaul. Offered during the autumn quarter, Discover & Explore Chicago courses acquaint first-year students at DePaul with the metropolitan community, its neighborhoods, cultures, people, institutions, organizations, and urban issues. Students also learn about university life, resources, and how to be a successful student through the Common Hour portion of each Chicago Quarter course. The Common Hour is delivered by current DePaul students and professional staff members, as a means to provide first-year students with peer support and peer-to-peer learning opportunities.

What is a Staff Professional?
Staff Professionals are an essential part of the Chicago Quarter Program and serve as a resource to both new students and Chicago Quarter Mentors. More specifically, this role provides mentors with ongoing guidance, feedback, and formally evaluate mentor performance. Additionally, Staff Professionals share facilitation of the Common Hour with the Chicago Quarter Mentor and also assist in leading excursions throughout the city of Chicago.

What are the qualifications to be a Staff Professional?
·         Full-time staff member or graduate student in DePaul’s Counseling program.
·         Bachelor’s degree recipient.
·         Aware of the needs of first year students and commitment to the work of the First Year Program.
·         Interest in mentoring and guiding the development of an advanced student leader.
·         Ability to assist in planning and co-leading Common Hour lesson plans.
·         Commitment to collaboration between faculty, students, and staff.
·         Knowledge and familiarity of University resources and ability to seek out and identify resources as necessary.
·         Supervisor approval to accept the Staff Professional position.

How do I apply?
There are three steps to the application process:
1.       Attendance at an information session:
·         Monday, March 9 in Lincoln Park Student Center Room 325 from 12:30 – 1:00 pm
·         Tuesday, March 10 in Lincoln Park Student Center Room 324 from 2:00 – 2:30 pm
2.       Completion of the online application, available after attending an information session.
3.       Submit an up-to-date resume via email to the Office of New Student & Family Engagement at

If you are interested in the position and unable to attend any of these information sessions, please contact Ziena Miller directly at

Applications are due Friday, March 13th by 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Professional Development Opportunity

Sneak Peek of Event!
Program Overview

Specifically, this event will provide opportunities to:

  • Participate in roundtable discussions ranging in topics from community outreach, program development, advocacy, research, school counseling, and more!
  • Visit “Open House” tables featuring various social service settings to learn about work cultures, understanding the range of entry to seasoned roles, and key competencies needed
  • Network with fellow DePaul alumni about best practices, trends, and marketability

Program Agenda

  • 4:35-4:45pm: Check-in for Students, Alumni, and Professional guests
  • 5-5:05pm: Welcome Remarks
  • 5:05-6:30pm: Topic Roundtables
    • Meet with professionals regarding key topics and trends in social service
  • 6:30pm-7:00pm:Open House Tables
    • Visit organization tables to learn about missions, path, and what roles for entry level professionals and master level candidates can look like
    • Meet with information tables for graduate programs and other resources
  • 7:00pm: Conclusion of event

Topic Roundtables:

  • Behind the Scenes – Grant Writing, Development, and Research
  • Beyond NPO’s – Service Roles in Government, Hospitals, and Alternative Spaces
  • Counseling and Support through a Feminist Lens
  • Impacting Students in Higher Education Settings
  • Management and Administration
  • Mentoring for a Living – Professional Roles in Mentoring
  • Self-Care: Taking Care of Yourself While Taking Care of Others
  • Social Service with an International Focus
  • Service through Conflict Resolution, Advocacy, and Social Justice
  • The Collective Voice – Collaborations among Educators and Counselors
  • The Role of Crisis Intervention
  • Trends and Hot Topics in School Counseling
  • Understanding Credentials and the Licensure Process

Sneak Peek Highlights of Professionals Participating (Over 30 Professionals Participating)!

  • Assistant Director, TRIO Services, DePaul University
  • BAM Mentor Founder and Training Manager, Youth Guidance
  • Case Manager and Resident Counselor, Heartland Alliance
  • Clinical Director, UCAN
  • Child and Adolescent Community Support Worker, Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
  • Director of Outreach, Instraspectrum Counseling
  • Outreach Coordinator, Illinois Secretary of State
  • Manager of Individual and Major Gifts, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago
  • School Counselors, Lane Tech, Jones College Prep, and North Lawndale College Prep
  • Senior Program Officer, McCormick Foundation
Sneak Peek of Organizations Featured for Open House Information Tables:
Organization Tables

  • Apna Ghar
  • Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4)
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Chicago
  • Heartland Alliance
  • Instraspecturm Counseling
  • Life Goes On – Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Program
  • McCormick Foundation
  • North Lawndale College Prep
  • Peterson Elementary School
  • Riverside Brookfield High School
  • UCAN
  • Urban Alliance Chicago
  • Youth Guidance

Resource Tables

  • DePaul MSW Program
  • DePaul College of Education, Dept. of Counseling and Special Education, Graduate Counseling Programs
  • DePaul College of Education – Dept. of Education Policy Students and Research, Graduate Social and Cultural Foundations in Education Program
  • DePaul Career Center
  • DePaul Graduate Admissions
  • DePaul Alumni Sharing Knowledge Program (ASK)
  • DePaul Student Counseling Organization (DSCO)
  • Finding Your Fit – Exploring Start Points with Populations,