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Center for Communication Engagement

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Center for Communication Engagement
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Empowerment through voice, engagement through dialogue, action through connection

The Center for Communication Engagement promotes communication-based problem-solving and research-based solutions for social innovation. The center provides opportunities for DePaul students and faculty to pursue teaching, research, and service across a variety of areas.


The Open Learning Project

The Open Learning Project brings together DePaul faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners to address important topics from different communication perspectives.

As part of the Center for Communication Engagement, the Open Learning Project provides opportunities for DePaul community members to have conversations, conduct research, explore communication interventions and create open educational resources around specific themes.

The Open Learning Project theme for 2021-22 is Communication Beyond Polarization.


The Voice Project

The Voice Project aims to raise awareness of and engagement with social issues through initiatives led by DePaul students and faculty. Active initiatives include The OpEd Project and TEDxDePaul University, as well as other guest speakers and special events related to public voice and social engagement.

OpEd Project faculty

The OpEd Project

This three-month program trains faculty and staff to translate their research for the general public through popular writing and other forms of journalism, including broadcasting and digital forms. OpEd Project participants use their research to provide informed commentary and offer workable solutions to social problems.

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A speaker at TEDxDePaul University in 2019

TEDxDePaul University

This annual speaking forum encourages DePaul students, faculty, staff and alumni to share their “ideas worth spreading” with the broader community. The program is sponsored by DePaul University Academic Affairs, University Marketing Communications and the College of Communication.

TEDxDePaul Website

Labs

Labs in the Center for Communication Engagement investigate the impact of communication on society and offer opportunities for current students to do hands-on research with faculty.

Media Engagement Laboratory (ME Lab)

At the ME Lab, faculty and student researchers offer market research services to the DePaul community, Chicago businesses and NGOs to determine how consumers interact with media.

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Virtual and Augmented Reality Communication Lab (VARC)

The Virtual and Augmented Reality Communication Lab (VARC) houses state-of-the-art equipment for virtual and augmented reality to help people learn how to effectively and ethically communicate in VR and AR.

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