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NLU Professor offers unique insight into the realities of unaccompanied migrant children

heidbrinkblogWith an unprecedented increase of Central American migrant children to the U.S., there is an urgent need to examine the realities of children beyond their initial apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the issue has recently garnered widespread attention, the following insights remain absent from the national conversation:

  • Detailed accounts of conditions within Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities,
  • Discussion of the long-term impacts of migration and detention on children, and
  • Experiences of children and their families following deportation.

Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State, by Lauren HeidbrinkIn her book, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. takes a timely look at how young migrants navigate the legal and emotional terrain beyond apprehension while examining essential areas surrounding this issue. Over a three-year period, she observed operations in 12 facilities, interviewed over 100 migrant youth from 19 countries both in detention and following release, and interviewed over 350 stakeholders in the U.S., El Salvador, and Guatemala.

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CPS eighth-graders, NLU psychology students share experiences

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On Thursday, May 29, 50 eighth-grade students from Burroughs Elementary School in Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago visited with the students in my LAP 202: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence class at NLU. The purpose of the visit was twofold: to provide the younger students with a chance to visit a college campus and talk with college students about post-secondary education and to provide my students the chance to talk with a group of young people from the population they are studying.

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NLU, Prairie Crossing partnership gets kids excited about science

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In April, NLU Associate Professor Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., was invited to share with Anne Marie DePaz’s third- and fourth-grade students at Prairie Crossing Charter School how he “invented” the “pop” in Pop Rocks.

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IME scholarship recipients celebrate community service

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Today, student recipients of Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) scholarships presented their community service experiences at NLU’s Chicago campus. Fifteen IME-Becas scholarships were awarded last fall by the Consul General of Mexico in Chicago to Harrison Fellows or Pioneer scholars in undergraduate programs as part of an effort to assist students of Mexican origin. Service comprises one important aspect in which awardees are expected to give back to the community.

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Shedd Aquarium, NLU expand online professional development offerings for educators

shedd  badge.jpgNational leaders in education, Shedd Aquarium and National Louis University have partnered to provide educators a unique opportunity to earn graduate credit through an online digital badging program centered on Great Lakes science. Answering increased demands for professional development offerings aligned with state and national standards, the Great Lakes Science Digital Badging program builds confidence and competency around environmental literacy and 21st century skills.

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NLU alumna named first female president of Culver-Stockton College

DrKelly Thompson, Ed.D., an NLU alumna and former NLU employee, has been named president of Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. She is the first woman to hold the position. Thompson received her C.A.S. in Educational Leadership from NLU and was also Vice President for Enrollment Management at NLU Chicago and Executive Director of NLU Wisconsin. Read more here.

Criminal Justice program spotlighted in Illinois Cops magazine

coverNLU’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program was recently spotlighted in the May issue of Illinois Cops magazine. Program Director Rich Schak and Assistant Director Danny McGuire went in-depth about NLU’s mission and how the CJ program is preparing students to succeed in a wide range of career paths after graduation.

Read the full article here and here. And read a column from the same issue by Danny McGuire here.

U.S. Department of Defense office recognizes NLU’s dedication to military

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NLU President Nivine Megahed (r) received the ESGR’s Patriot Award

Today the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a U.S. Department of Defense office that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component service members and their civilian employers, honored National Louis University (NLU) with the Seven Seals Award and the Patriot Award. Both awards reflect NLU’s support of citizen warriors in the military and workplace. In partnership with the ESGR, NLU leadership also signed the Statement of Support (SOS), demonstrating that the University backs NLU employees who participate in the U.S. National Guard and Reserve. NLU is only the second university in Illinois to earn the Seven Seals Award and the sixth university in the state to sign the SOS.

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