NLU doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame.
When doctoral student Norma Seledon was inducted into the City of Chicago’s LGBT Hall of Fame recently, it brought the number of National Louis University students who have received that honor to three. All–including previous inductees Christina Smith and Gaylon Alcaraz--are pursuing their Ph.Ds in NLU’s Community Psychology program.
Seledon actually received two Hall of Fame awards this year. The first was for more than two decades of leadership in organizations that empower and support women, Latinas and the LGBT community. The second was as a founding member of the non-profit Amigas Latinas, which was also inducted in the Hall of Fame. Continue reading
Go back nearly two decades, and you’ll be able to find NLU alum Judy Mitchell ’12 somewhere at Joliet Junior College (JJC). She originally set foot at the first public community college in the United States as a student. Now the president of JJC, she’s leading the very community that fostered and encouraged her growth.
In a previous life, Mitchell was a stay-at-home mom on hiatus from a 10-year corporate career. Planning to transition back into full-time work, she enrolled at JJC in order to hone her competitive edge before jumping back into the corporate world. Continue reading
Do you need a holiday gift for a child? Want to avoid family fights during the holidays? Perhaps you’d like to learn to support a grieving friend during the holidays, or find out how one of NLU’s deans formed his ideals and goals while playing basketball as a youth.
NLU faculty have appeared in the media recently discussing all these topics. Here’s a rundown: Continue reading
David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan and Fidel Castro all passed away in 2016. So did fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, siblings and friends of people everywhere.
As the holidays approach, NLU’s David SanFilippo, Ph.D., says those who are left behind may confront a confusing mix of feelings, from remorse and emptiness to bittersweet memories of holidays past. Continue reading
Chicago-area school districts pay teachers pretty well, newspaper columnist Jim Nowlan wrote in the Daily Journal on Dec. 10, and consequently they haven’t been hit by the teacher shortage that’s spreading in the rest of Illinois.
A recent survey by the Illinois association of regional education superintendents found 60 percent of schools in the state are having difficulty filling teacher positions. Continue reading
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded National Louis a $3.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant and a $1.2 million TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Grant.
The HSI Grant is a Department of Education grant which assists schools in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students. NLU received it in conjunction with Morton College in west suburban Cicero, Illinois, for Project CREST (CoenRollmEnt for Stem), a partnership project with the goal of increasing Hispanic enrollment and graduation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related programs. Continue reading
The holidays can feel like a huge slump for job seekers. Between the hectic frenzy of holiday parties and gift shopping, it’s easy to lose sight of your career goals or lose motivation altogether, which is why so many people simply postpone the job search until January.
However, the holidays are a great time to find new opportunities. Fewer job seekers means less competition for you, plus companies are looking to fill in any lingering vacancies with strong, new talent to kick off the year with. Whether you’re unemployed, a new graduate, or a professional looking to scope out new opportunities, there are a few simple things you can accomplish during this season of festivities to ensure you will have something to celebrate in the New Year. Continue reading
NLU Associate Professor Seema Imam serves on the Cook County Sheriff’s Muslim Advisory Council and is speaking out to prevent hate crimes.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is concerned about statistics showing hate crimes are on the rise. His office recently started a phone hotline –(773)- 674-HELP (4357)–for anyone who is fearful or feels they may be attacked or harmed due to their race, religion, LGBT status, ethnic group or other identifying factor.
NLU’s Seema Imam Ed.D., associate professor of education, was featured on WBBM Radio, a CBS affiliate, WBEZ Radio, a National Public Radio station, and ChicagoTonight.wttw.com, during news reports about the launching of the hotline. Continue reading
Instead of giving children and teens new electronics this holiday, NLU’s Toby Rajput suggested to Fox 32-TV’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ show viewers that they consider giving books.
As Rajput was interviewed Dec. 6 by Fox32 anchor Kristen Nicole, she demonstrated a half-dozen books to appeal to various age groups, from young child to teen. She even recommended two audiobooks for adolescent boys, saying that with audiobooks, “the whole family can read with their ears.” Continue reading
When Malcolm Oliver boarded a plane for a study-abroad program in South Africa in 2002, he didn’t know he was embarking on a decades-long journey trying to help create a society with opportunities for all citizens.
Nor did he imagine he would someday champion wonky city planners, even more than glib politicians or inspiring social-reform leaders, as the people who create the real-life conditions in which social justice can blossom. Continue reading