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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 »

Stand Out at a Career Fair and Get Hired NLU is holding its Educator Career Fair on Tuesday March 7

 

If you’re searching for a job in your field, plan to participate in career fairs. They help you get maximum return for your time spent on the job search. Instead of typical career-seeking activities such as filling out applications and emailing resumes, career fairs allow you to meet face-to-face with company recruiters. However, you do need to prepare for career fairs in order to make a good impression. Follow the eight tips below, and  you’re on your way to connecting with recruiters about the position you desire. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Quotes NLU’s Claudia Pitts on Love, Being Single She suggested ways singles can spend Valentine's Day

While Valentine’s Day may give lovey-dovey couples a reason to go out to dinner, it can leave the un-coupled among us feeling a bit left out.

Daily Herald newspaper columnist Burt Constable quoted NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ph.D., in his Feb. 14 column tackling that topic.

Pitts, an associate professor of psychology, told Constable Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be limited to romantic love. She suggested other ways singles could spread love and kindness. Continue reading »

Alumni Tell How They Got Jobs, How NLU Prepared Them for Careers College of Professional Studies and Advancement alumni share journeys with future students

 

Enrolling in college is an act of hope for a brighter future. It can be reassuring to prospective or newly-enrolled students, though, to hear from other students about how they landed rewarding jobs after they graduated.

To connect the dots between enrolling and reaching the point of succeeding in a good job, National Louis University’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement organized an Open House Alumni Speaker Panel event on Feb. 1 at NLU’s Chicago campus. Continue reading »

On ‘Good Day Chicago,’ NLU’s Talan Explains How to Choose Child Care She tells what to look for when choosing the best place for your baby or young child

Most new parents eagerly seek a great child care center or preschool where their baby or young child will thrive. But how do you know whether a center offers high-quality care?

NLU’s Teri Talan appeared on WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show recently to give insider tips on how to choose good child care. Talan, Ed.D., JD, is the Michael W. Louis Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. 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 »

Borthwick Attends White House Summit, Plays National Role in Advancing EdTech in Teacher Prep Associate Dean invited to national summit on working group to prep teachers in technology

 

Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, poses with the other invitees to the White House Summit on technology in teacher preparation. She is in the back row in front of the second pillar on the left side.

National Louis University’s Arlene Borthwick, Ph.D., visited Washington D.C. in December for the White House Summit on Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation.  Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education,  represented NLU as it plays a key role in preparing tomorrow’s teachers to use educational technology to help their students learn.

NLU is one of three Illinois universities that have accepted the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Challenge, which has a goal of “ensuring every new teacher is prepared to meaningfully use technology to support student learning.” Borthwick, co-chair of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education‘s Committee on Innovation & Technology, was one of 58 invited attendees from across the nation. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Helping Chicago Police, Fire, Respond to Mentally Ill The advanced training should help to prevent harm to mentally ill or others

A screenshot from the ABC7 News feature shows NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer talking about how Chicago firefighters, police and paramedics will get training in how to deal with situations involving the mentally ill.

Often, police, paramedics and firefighters respond to 911 calls and find a person in crisis or a chaotic situation. Sometimes, the person at the center of the situation is not a criminal intent on malice, but a mentally ill person in a panic.

In order to de-escalate the level of tension, calm the situation and prevent harm, the Chicago police and fire departments are providing training to personnel on how to respond to the mentally ill. NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer, Director of Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance for the Chicago Fire Department, is at the center of these efforts. 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 »