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Mayor-elect Lightfoot Names NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia to Transition Team

Aarti Dhupelia

National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia.

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 »

Alum Ashley Molyneaux Running for Mayor of Elkhart, Indiana She spent eight years in Chicago-area schools as a teacher and administrator

Ashley Boling Molyneaux

Ashley Boling Molyneaux earned her Ed.S. degree from National Louis University in 2012.

National Louis University alum Ashley Boling Molyneaux grew up in Elkhart, Indiana and lived in Chicago for many years while earning two master’s degrees and working as a teacher and administrator in Chicago-area schools.

She received her second graduate degree, an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision, from National Louis University in 2012. Continue reading »

Cancelled Event: Mayoral Candidate Lightfoot To Appear at NLU She'll speak to a town hall meeting organized by nonprofits against gender-based violence

UPDATE: This event has been canceled. Lightfoot’s campaign told organizers she had a scheduling conflict.

National Louis University students and the general public are welcome to hear Lori Lightfoot, one of two candidates in the Chicago mayoral runoff election, speak about gender-based violence at a town hall event Friday, March 22 at 4 p.m., with doors opening at 3:30 p.m.

The other candidate in the mayor’s race, Toni Preckwinkle, declined an invitation to appear. Organizers say they provide all candidates the same opportunities and are not making an endorsement.

The event is being organized by four nonprofit organizations which address gender-based violence. They include Resilience, the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Life Span and the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. They say attendees will have the opportunity to ask the candidate questions.

The event is free, but register here. It will be held at National Louis University’s Chicago campus at 122 S. Michigan Avenue. NLU’s Office of Student Experience brought the event to NLU.

Black History Event To Feature Leaders Who Speak Truth to Power DelMarie Cobb, Maze Jackson to share historical perspective on African-American life and culture in Chicago


What can today’s students and recent alumni learn from two distinguished journalists and political strategists who have been intricately involved for nearly three decades in helping African-American political candidates gain office?

All are invited to attend the “Common Historical Challenges on Uncommon Ground” discussion event Thursday, Feb. 21 to find out. The event will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the McCormick Foundation Atrium on National Louis University’s Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

“All four of these individuals (panelists and moderators) are leaders in the Black community and they lead in different ways,” said Jacqueline Samuel, Ph.D., director of National Louis University’s Master’s in Public Administration program and an alum of NLU’s Community Psychology doctoral program.

“We want our students to see that. Some of these speakers lead with the power of the pen, or the power of the mic. Then you have the quiet leader who knows how to bring voices together and unleash the wisdom in the room, and finally, you have the soldier, out there waking up everyone and mentoring at the same time.  I am not going to say who is who– you have to come to listen to them speak to figure it out– but I guarantee you will hear some very thought-provoking discourse.”

The panelists

Delmarie Cobb. A journalist and public affairs, political consulting and media relations strategist, Cobb has owned her firm The Publicity Works since 1990. She is also the president of Deleco Communications Inc., a television production company, which produced the award-winning newsmagazine program STREET LIFE on PBS affiliates. In 2016, Cobb served as the Illinois press secretary for the presidential bid of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She also served as a consultant to candidates Jesse Jackson, Bill Bradley and Dan Hynes.
Maze Jackson.  Jackson is a WVON radio personality, and his bio on the station’s website is as follows. “Political strategist, media personality, and urban marketing pioneer, Maze has a diverse array of experience in the worlds of business, politics and community engagement. Maze has spent over 20 years lobbying for high profile clients, creating community-based solutions and driving the discussions that shape impactful policies. Maze has been featured on ABC, CBS, The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, and a variety of other high profile media outlets, and is featured weekly on WVON.”

The moderators

Deveda Francois, Ph.D. Francois is an alum of NLU’s Community Psychology doctoral program, an  NLU adjunct and subject matter expert in issues about gender, race and culture.  Her dissertation was on “From the Doll House to the White House: Black Women and their Hair and Body Images.”  She is interested in discussing how historical challenges in Chicago impact the Black community.
La’Shawn Littrice, Ph.D. Littrice is also a graduate of NLU’s Community Psychology program,  an activist and an advocate for fighting for the rights of youth. She has spoken out on the  Laquan Mc Donald case.
“When I talk to potential students they always tell me they want to be a change agent,” Samuel commented. ” Well, this is they why you start.”

NLU Alum Nicole Johnson Running for 20th Ward Alderman An educator, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching

NLU alum Nicole Johnson is running for 20th ward alderman in Chicago. Chicago’s South-side 20th ward is apparently fed up with corruption. The alderman who’s stepping down, Willie Cochran, was arrested on corruption charges and withdrew from the race. He will soon face a federal trial. Two other  20th ward aldermen, Clifford Kelley and Arenda Troutman, served prison time for corrupt dealings. according to the Chicago Tribune.

That has prompted 15 people to run in the race for 20th ward alderman, including Nicole Johnson, who graduated from National Louis University in 2013 with a master of arts in teaching (M.A.T.). Johnson also earned another master’s degree in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania, according to the Chicago Maroon. Continue reading »

Honor Black History Month With These Events, Books, Films, More Join an African American organization at NLU or learn other ways to expand awareness


By Cindy Danzell, MS, PEL, NCC

As our nation commemorates the 93rd Black History Month in February, we are reminded of the sacrifice, injustice and hardship many African Americans endured in the past and currently face. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASLAH), the founder of Black History Month, chose “The Great Migration” as the theme for Black History Month. Their website states, “ASALH’s 2019 theme Black Migrations emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focuses especially on the twentieth century through today.”

National Louis University’s Student Experience department wants all students, staff and faculty to immerse themselves in learning about their culture and learning new cultures. This blog post lists events that are taking place all over Illinois during the month of February and books to read in hopes that we may help bridge the gap between interest and knowledge. Continue reading »

Watch Lunar Eclipse Sunday, NLU Science Club Advises The moon may appear blood red, says student-led group


It’s time to get your binoculars and camera phone ready. This Sunday, Jan. 20,  a total lunar eclipse will take place and National Louis University’s student-led Science Club wants you to see it.

“We in Chicago, as well as half the world, will be able to see it if it’s clear outside Sunday night,” said Roy Kaelin, assistant professor of science for NLU’s Undergraduate College. Continue reading »

Alum Lamont Robinson Jr. Elected to Illinois House He obtained his MBA from National Louis, opened a small business

Lamont Robinson Jr.

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 »

Applause! Writing Students’, Alums’ Plays Appear on Chicago Stages Lucy Pabst's short play will appear at Skokie Theater this weekend

Lucy Pabst, a graduate of National Louis University’s M.S. in Written Communication program, will have her short play produced at the Skokie Theater.

The curtain is going up on “Frances, My Mensch,” a short play written by recent National Louis University graduate Lucy Pabst, on Friday, Aug. 17 during a play festival at the Skokie Theater. It is one of three plays written by students or graduates of the M.S. in Written Communication program to be produced recently on Chicago-area stages. Continue reading »