After two faculty members from China attended the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) conference hosted by National Louis University in June, they were enthusiastic about asking Associate Professor, Dr. Judah Viola, to attend and present as the keynote speaker at the 5th annual National Conference of Community Psychologists at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China. The keynote address, How Community Psychologists Support Health and Wellness in the United States and What Relevance this has for Community Psychology in China summarized the range of applied research and action that U.S. based community psychologists are involved in today and presented community-based research findings from Dr. Viola’s work in Chicagoland and across the country.
(Dr. Judah Viola with Dr. Houchao Lyu, Southwest University and Dr. Jiehua Huang, Guangzhou University in Shijiazhuang China)
The address described the health and social issues
of chronic disease prevention and management in a variety of settings ranging
from government agencies and universities, to private companies. Dr. Viola
provided an overview of the work happening across the United States in
collaboration with coalitions to prevent obesity, training people with
disabilities and their parents to partner with schools and local officials to
more fully include people with disabilities in community settings, and
supporting men who are coming out of drug treatment or jail to rebuild relationships
with their children. The presentation provided quantitative and qualitative
data that will help China-based community psychologists to design, evaluate,
and adapt similar projects described in Dr. Viola’s presentation. The research
collaboration begun this summer aims to support relevant cultural, social, and health
related issues across the globe.
“I was thrilled to represent NLU and U.S. community psychologists as we had a vibrant exchange of ideas with colleagues from across over 20 universities in China. The visit will continue to bear fruit as I collaborate with Chinese community psychologists on cross-cultural research and engage National Louis students in this work going forward,” Dr. Viola stated regarding this opportunity for collaboration. Dr. Viola exemplifies NLU’s mission by sharing innovative ways to engage in the support health and wellness locally and globally. You can learn more about Dr. Viola’s research and scholarship here: https://works.bepress.com/judah_viola/.
Alison Regalado Perez, Associate Director of Undergraduate Enrollment and Partnerships in the Undergraduate College, has been named a 2020 Chicago Surge Fellow through the Surge Institute, whose mission is to educate, develop, and prepare leaders of color in the field of education.
The Chicago-based Surge Institute selected 25 young leaders, including Perez, for its yearlong program, which includes executive skill training, leadership development, and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Fellows will develop their own leadership and advocacy skills and will also complete individual capstone projects.
Perez joined NLU UGC Enrollment team in May 2017, and has since been working to increase enrollment by establishing strong partnerships with college access focused organizations within high school districts. According to Perez, her goal with the partnerships is to “increase awareness of NLU and of all the fantastic supports we offer to students so that they feel confident that NLU is a good fit for them.”
The Surge Institute will deepen Perez’s skills for her NLU career. Perez indicates that she is looking forward to everything she will learn at the institute. “I want to grow my professional skill set and develop my voice and executive presence so that my work can have a deeper and more meaningful impact on students,” Perez said. “I am also looking forward to gaining the resources and supports to meaningfully show up for students every day on every project and be part of a community that supports and guides me to build an education system that will change the lives of young people.”
Congratulations and good luck on this new endeavor, Alison!
The old notion about professors living in an ivory tower is fading fast.
Suzette Fromm Reed, Ph.D., is bringing her expertise in Community Psychology to a forward-thinking Chicago neighborhood organization called the Resilient Belmont Cragin Community Collaborative. Fromm Reed, a researcher and associate professor, developed and formerly chaired National Louis University’s Community Psychology doctoral program.
Recently, Fromm Reed took part as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin visited the Resilient Belmont Cragin group to discuss how it is using a strategy called Community Resilience to help residents cope with difficulties resulting from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Continue reading »
National Louis University’s Judah Viola, Ph.D., dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, appeared in a Crain’s Chicago Business/Crain’s Custom Media roundtable feature on executive education and MBA programs in the Chicago area.
When asked who should be considering executive education, Viola responded, ” Great leaders come from all walks of life and all academic backgrounds. Many NLU students work in businesses as managers and supervisors and are looking to boost their success. We also have career-changers and aspiring leaders with great potential who are just starting out.” Continue reading »
Chicago’s Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has named Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for undergraduate education and dean of the undergraduate college at National Louis University, to Lightfoot’s education transition team.
“I am honored and excited to serve the city in this way, through bringing my own K-12 and higher education perspectives to the table as well as through helping to ensure the voices of our committee and the broader community are heard,” Dhupelia said. Continue reading »
The Chaine was founded in 1248 as King Louis IX’s guild for goose roasters and lives on as a modern global association dedicated to cooking, chefs and the restaurant, hospitality and beverage industries. Continue reading »
NLU alum Lamont Robinson Jr. won election to the Illinois House of Representatives, 5th District.
National Louis University alum Lamont Robinson Jr., who earned his MBA in 2012, won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election. He’ll represent Illinois’ 5th District, a long, narrow swath that runs from the Near North Side south to 79th Street on the South Side, largely centered around State Street and Michigan Avenue (see map). The seat became vacant when Rep. Juliana Stratton agreed to run for lieutenant governor on gubernatorial hopeful JB Pritzker’s ticket, a gamble that paid off when they won last Tuesday. Continue reading »
The colleges will collaborate to elevate the teaching profession and improve teacher readiness. They collectively prepare 18 percent of the state’s new teachers, and they plan to invite more colleges of education to join them. Continue reading »