Beck Research Initiative

The William and Irene Beck Charitable Trust
 

William & Irene Beck Charitable Trust  903 West Webster Ave.  Chicago  IL 60614

Tele:773-281-5049  www.beckfound.org  Email:mail@beckfound.org

The Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender and Community (BRI) was co-founded by Dr. Beth Catlett (also its Director and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies Department) and Dr. Irene Beck in 2002. Its purpose is to promote community-based programs and research that inform the prevention of, and intervention in, gender-related oppressions. DePaul University faculty and students work with community members to affect social change through social policy, advocacy and community development. The Initiative has benefited from the ongoing support of the William and Irene Beck Charitable Trust and the Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning, and has developed, funded and implemented several successful community-based projects since its inception.


The Beck Research Initiative has been housed within the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University since its inception. As a result, DePaul students and faculty are often engaged with our work through volunteer opportunities, graduate research assistantships, faculty fellowship projects and participatory action research programs.


The Beck Research Initiative for Women, Gender and Community seeks to:


  1. Prevent and intervene in gender-related oppressions

  2. Document, collect, and make public the contributions of individuals whose lives reflect previously untold experiences and unrecorded resilience

  3. Engage the community by strengthening and expanding partnerships with individuals and organizations committed to social justice and the eradication of gender-related oppressions

  4. Further integrate a participatory action research model into course-based curricula

  5.    at DePaul University


Research projects collaborate with:                                             


                                                                                               

                                                   



                                                                                           

                                                                                         


                                                                                                       Project and Program Highlights



                                                                                                                     












Contact Beck Research Initiative:

Women’s & Gender Studies Program, DePaul University

2320 N. Kenmore Ave. SAC 5th Floor, Chicago IL 60614

Tele:773-325-4758;   www.beckresearch.org

 
Teens in changing urban neighborhoods
Low-income families
Programs supporting domestic violence survivors
Programs to address and prevent relationship violence
Working class women
LGBTQ Latina activists
Restorative and transformative justice projects
Community accountability activists
  1. Teens in changing urban neighborhoods

  2. Low-income families

  3. Programs supporting domestic violence survivors

  4. Programs to address and prevent relationship violence

  5. Working class women

  6. LGBTQ Latina activists

  7. Restorative and transformative justice projects

  8. Community accountability activists


Take Back the Halls
Students partner with community leaders to implement a teen dating violence prevention and community activism program with adolescents in Chicago Public Schools.
 Service Learning and Internship Program (S.L.I.P.)
The WGS Service Learning and Internship Program places students with community-based organizations for both short-term and long-term internships according to their area of interest.They may participate in 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 DePaul’s students and community partners. S.L.I.P. is committed to a collaborative effort among students, faculty, and community organizations to develop programs and research that promote social change.


  1. Take Back the Halls

  2. Students partner with community leaders to implement a teen dating violence prevention and community activism program with adolescents in Chicago Public Schools.

  3. Service Learning and Internship Program (S.L.I.P.)

  4. The WGS Service Learning and Internship Program places students with community-based organizations for both short-term and long-term internships according to their area of interest.They may participate in 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 DePaul’s students and community partners. S.L.I.P. is committed to a collaborative effort among students, faculty, and community organizations to develop programs and research that promote social change.