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Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson, Sheriff Tom Dart, Fr. Pfleger Talk Justice, Reducing Crime by Healing Communities at NLU Event

 

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, from left, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Rev. Michael Pfleger pose for a photo after greeting each other at the National Louis University panel (photo credit: James Richards IV)

By Pam DeFiglio

More jobs and fewer guns. More parenting classes and less blaming. More restorative justice and less fear and misunderstanding.

Chicagoans need to work on these and similar issues to heal the city, agreed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Rev. Michael Pfleger when they appeared on a “Restoring and Healing Communities: A Time for Peace” event panel at National Louis University Feb. 28. The event, which attracted hundreds, was part of the Applied Behavioral Sciences lecture series.

In their compelling presentations and the passionate audience discussion afterwards, the three speakers agreed that policing can somewhat reduce crime and jail programs can somewhat help inmates.  But more help is needed to end the vicious cycle frequently found in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods: limited parenting skills, bare-bones schools, lack of jobs, easy access to drugs, criminal convictions and the barrier to getting hired that  criminal backgrounds create.  Continue reading »

NLU To Host First-Ever Panel Featuring Chicago Police Chief, Cook County Sheriff and Fr. Pfleger

 

Three of Chicago’s top leaders, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and social justice champion Father Michael Pfleger, will join a panel discussion at National Louis University on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

They will address their experiences using restorative justice to pursue peace and civil behavior in Chicago. NLU’s Social and Behavioral Sciences, Community Psychology and Education faculty hope to raise awareness of restorative justice practices, such as peace circles, and their potential to help mitigate the effects of criminal behavior. Continue reading »

Will Social Justice Withstand Trump Years? Public Policy Forum Examines Issues Leaders from Latino, LGBT, Muslim, Reproductive Rights, Civil Liberties groups weigh in

What will the Trump administration signify for Americans’ civil liberties? How will it affect immigrants, Muslims and LGBT individuals? Will laws on women’s reproductive rights remain unchanged?

Leaders of advocacy organizations for these issues  offered frank thoughts at a forum sponsored by NLU’s M.A. in Public Policy Administration (MAPPA) program recently.

NLU’s Malcolm Oliver, Ph.D., set a thoughtful tone as he opened the forum by saying that much of social injustice can be traced to housing, economic development and transportation policies, and that colleges of public policy attempt to shed light on this in order to bring about justice. Continue reading »

Ribbon Cutting Hails Partnership of Year Up Chicago, NLU First Year Up Chicago students starting at NLU this month

Year Up students and NLU and Year Up personnel watch as Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. and Jack Crowe cut the ceremonial ribbon to announce the NLU-Year Up Chicago partnership.

A young woman named Crystal Martinez took the microphone at a partnership celebration between National Louis University and Year Up Chicago to tell what her experience with Year Up has been like.

“Before Year Up, I was working a dead-end job at minimum wage. I had no career path,” she said at the Jan. 12 event. Continue reading »

NLU Wins Two Grants, HSI and Trio, Totaling $4.8 million Both focus on helping underserved students graduate and succeed

hispanicstudentThe 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 »

Chicago Tribune: Responding to Hungry Child, Prof Started Turkey Donations After Sadia Warsi started drive, Muslim volunteers tripled it this year

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-11-39-52-amIn “Chicago Muslims Give Thanks, 5000 Turkeys,” the Chicago Tribune’s Manya Brachear Pashman wrote about how the Chicago Muslim community has tripled the number of turkeys it gives away to parents of Chicago Public Schools students in low-income neighborhoods on Chicago’s South side.

The turkey drive started 16 years ago when Sadia Warsi, Ph.D., now an assistant professor in NLU’s Early Childhood and Special Education programs, was teaching in a CPS third-grade classroom.

A boy in her class told her he wished simply for food in his family’s refrigerator.

The Tribune quoted Warsi  saying, “I was shocked that in a country like ours that was a child’s wish.”

Warsi asked members of Chicago’s Muslim community to provide turkeys, and the effort grew. With its expansion this year, volunteers will provide turkeys to parents in eight CPS schools in three underserved neighborhoods.

Read the Chicago Tribune article here. 

New to National Louis: Inclusive U Written by Courtney Brinson, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_318054821With the fall term off to a great start, an excellent way for students to develop themselves as well as contribute to the development of our University learning community is through Inclusive U! Inclusive U is a program designed to engage students, staff, and faculty in unique professional development opportunities geared towards improving skills and knowledge around inclusivity and positive civic engagement. Continue reading »

Money Magazine Lists NLU In National Top 10 for Grads Making a Difference Working in teaching, helping careers leads to overall life happiness, research says

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-12-10-00-pmNational Louis University’s degree programs in teaching, counseling, psychology, human services, healthcare leadership and more have propelled the school to Money Magazine’s national list of “10 Colleges Whose Graduates Say They Make the World a Better Place.”

Seventy-seven percent of NLU alumni responding to a PayScale.com survey said their careers are meaningful and help others, compared to a national average of 54 percent of all alumni responding to the survey. Money Magazine uses PayScale’s meaningful-career data as one of the factors in its college rankings. Continue reading »

NLU Donates School Supplies to School District 21 in Wheeling Area

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Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU Student Ambassador, left, and Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling Campus Manager, pack donated school supplies for District 21. Rodriguez graduated from Elk Grove High School and is a sophomore studying Criminal Justice at NLU.

Children in Community School District 21 whose parents struggled with the cost of school supplies are off to a great start this school year, thanks to National Louis University employees and students.

They collected two large boxes of pens, paper, folders, erasers, pencils, markers, scissors and other supplies.

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After Standoff, American Psychological Association Honors Dr. Brad Olson In an about-face, two APA divisions will reward his anti-torture work

 

BradOlson2016For years, NLU’s Brad Olson, Ph.D., and a few other hardy souls were dissenters–the lone voices protesting the American Psychological Association’s close relationship with U.S. military officials who were practicing torture on terrorism suspects.

Last year, the APA did an about-face, with its membership voting overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.

Now, to complete the 180-degree change in its position on torture,  APA is honoring Olson, whom  the association once criticized for his stance against the association’s close ties to the torture process. Actually, Olson is receiving two separate awards from two different APA divisions. Continue reading »