Public Action to Deliver Shelter

Two years ago, DePaul film student, Mykhailo Bogdanov, volunteered at P.A.D.S. for an overnight shift. He was fascinated by the dedication and love showed by the staff to every person who came in for shelter. That night changed him forever. He described it as “an unbelievable experience to help and most importantly, to give my time to those who were in need of it.” It was so marking, in fact, that he decided to create a short film about it which went on to win first place in the 2019 Vinny Prize competition.


Dax House – Explore Your Purpose Video Series

We sometimes forget that homelessness affects people from every walk of life, including college students. The DAX house is a project between DePaul Charity USA and DePaul University to serve the fifty or so estimated students experiencing homelessness while pursuing their studies. Hear their stories and the purpose of this mission from Program Coordinator, Sister Judy Warmbold and former Director, Abe Morris.

Allen Turner: Explore Your Purpose

In this short cinematic film, we experience life through the eyes of Allen Turner, an accomplished game designer, Native American storyteller, and instructor at DePaul University. We’ll hear how his past has shaped his career choices, leveraging his role as educator and creative in giving back to the underserved communities from which he came. In sharing his story, we hope to inspire our community with the impact one can make on the lives of others when they align their talents and truth with their inner sense of purpose.

“Debating Immigration Law in the Midst of Exile” The 2018 Sister Mary Schmidt, SC Lecture

Recognizing the pressing needs of refugees at our nation’s borders, the 2018 Sister Mary Schmidt, S.C. lecture at Seton Hill University proposes to re-examine Catholic Social Thought and the biblical narrative in seeking new responses to refugees and immigrants. After reviewing United States immigration law in the light of the biblical narrative and Catholic Social Thought, the lecture argues against deportation and private detention as a state remedy to unauthorized immigration or as a deterrent to asylum applicants. Relying upon the framework of the Seton Hill University Centennial in 2018, the lecture recalls that deportation did not arise as a significant remedy for violations of immigration law until 1918. Through understanding the biblical narrative within its context of exile, the lecture urges people of faith to work towards eliminating deportation and private detention as our mission in the century ahead.

Bushra Amiwala : Explore Your Purpose

Meet Bushra Amiwala, a DePaul student who combines her academics and faith in her pursuit to make an impact in public policy. Bushra was the first Pakistani woman and youngest candidate to ever get her name on a Cook County ballot. Her dedication to increasing representation in politics has gotten the attention of many national media outlets including TIME magazine, Teen Vogue, Glamour magazine and the New York Times. While Bushra did not win her race, she continues to advocate for youth activism speaking at over forty high schools and colleges to get her message out. DePaul’s Division of Mission and Ministry recognizes Bushra Amiwala for blending her academic goals with a deeper sense of purpose.

Vinny Prize 2018 – First Place – Inside Out

1st Place Vinny Prize: Inside Out

Ella Lubienski

This film narrates the writings of incarcerated students from DePaul’s Inside Out “Think Tank” class on their life in a maximum-security prison. Through their words, we experience the social, mental, physical, and emotional impact of incarceration, and ponder its effectiveness.

Vinny Prize 2018 Second Place – The Third Pillar of Islam

2nd Place Vinny Prize : Akram Shibly

The Third Pillar of Islam: How a Mosque Transformed a Community through Kindness

Six years ago, a vacant Catholic church in a low-income Buffalo, New York neighborhood was purchased by a Muslim community and turned into a mosque. The location was specifically chosen in order to serve surrounding families facing poverty. This film provides an example of how Islam’s third pillar of charity has transformed the area both by decreasing crime and creating a warm and welcoming community center for families.