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Influential ‘A Better Chicago’ Features Student Devine Drakes The nonprofit identifies true change-makers in providing access to education

Devine Drakes at National Louis University.

A Better Chicago profiled National Louis University student Devine Drakes, who is studying to become a bilingual psychologist.

Devine Drakes is not only an enthusiastic junior and student ambassador in National Louis University’s undergraduate program, she’s also part of #ABetterChicago, both literally and figuratively. Continue reading »

Video: Prof’s Project Helps Engage Veterans, Prevent Suicides Cari Stevenson says grant-funded project helps veterans express emotions

Veterans in PhotoVoice project.

Three of the veterans in the PhotoVoice project preview a photo. Cari Stevenson ’17, a National Louis University alum and adjunct professor, facilitates the project at Kankakee Community College with a grant from the Movember Foundation.

Click. Robert Perez, a military veteran, takes a gorgeous photo of a river flanked with trees. Click. He takes another of the neat rows of a mid-summer cornfield. Click. And a photo of the faithful brown dog following him around, tongue hanging out.

He’s participating in the PhotoVoice project, which encourages veterans to bond by capturing photo images that have meaning for them. And a new video features Perez, his fellow veteran friends and two National Louis University professors. 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 »

ABC, CBS News Feature NLU Veterans, Criminal Justice Programs Veterans program director Dixon received state award; program director Schak offered analysis in criminal case

Stacey Dixon, National Louis University.

Stacey Dixon, Ed.D., serves as director of veteran student support services at National Louis University.

National Louis University experts were featured by television news shows this past weekend. One discussed veterans and Veterans Day while the other provided expert analysis on a criminal case. Continue reading »

Diversifying Chicago’s Teachers: Chalkbeat Quotes Muller NCE dean offers thoughts on getting more teachers of color into classrooms

Chalkbeat.org, a nonprofit news organization focusing on education, recently quoted Robert D. Muller, dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education in a Nov. 2 article titled “In one Chicago high school, big plans amid a bilingual teacher shortage” and a Nov. 5 article titled    “Beyond hiring: the struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks.”

Reporter Adeshina Emanuel asked Muller for his thoughts on the fact that the Chicago Public Schools and other districts are having trouble hiring and retaining African-American and Latino teachers, leaving students of color largely without role models.

Read the Nov. 2 article here.

Read the Nov. 5 article here. 

NLU #IAmAnImmigrant Event Stands With All Who Came Here Students celebrate the many cultures which contribute to making America

By Rachel Waymel, Assistant Professor of English, Undergraduate College

 

National Louis University's Wheeling campus celebrates immigrants' contributions.

Students at National Louis University’s Wheeling campus celebrated the #IAmAnImmigrant day of action to honor immigrants’ cultures and contributions.

Joining with college students across the nation, National Louis University participants championed immigrants on October 24, the third annual day of action for the national #IStandWithImmigrants group.

NLU’s  Wheeling campus was filled with delicious food, music, and conversations as students, faculty and staff took part. The day of action is part of #IAmAnImmigrant’s year-long initiative to recognize and celebrate contributions that immigrants have made and continue to make to the U.S. The student organization Educators Rising, an NLU chapter of the national group by the same name that focuses on preparing future educators, learned about the day of action and quickly decided to participate in the event. Continue reading »

Honor Veterans Day With NLU Activities November 5-9 Write notes to veterans, light a candle, play games, join a social event

Veterans Day, which falls on Sunday, Nov. 11 this year, gives us all a chance to step up and be appreciative of the hardships and sacrifices America’s military members and veterans have made for our freedoms.

All National Louis University students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Nov. 5-9 activities leading up to Veterans Day, with a special welcome for student veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Explores NLU Prof’s Book on Surviving Domestic Violence Columnist Burt Constable interviewed Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S. in Written Communication faculty member

It was only too easy for National Louis University’s Elizabeth Schaefer to find other victims of domestic violence to interview, Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable wrote in “I want to help women in those situations: Domestic violence author also a survivor” on Oct. 25.

Constable provided an overview of how Schaefer, an assistant professor in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program, experienced domestic violence herself as a young, pregnant wife. After surviving the experience, leaving the abuser and getting divorced, she felt a desire to help other survivors. That led to interviewing 31 other women, all survivors of domestic violence, for her book “Women are With You,” published by Books On a Whim.

She posted flyers asking domestic violence victims to contact her to tell their stories, and women responded, Constable wrote. Many of them cried and shook when telling their stories, which Schaefer reported as oral histories. They also talked about a time when abuse tends to dangerously escalate. 

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Schaefer said she hopes the book will help people recognize red flags in a relationship before they lead to emotional, psychological or physical abuse.

View Burt Constable’s Daily Herald column on NLU’s Elizabeth Schaefer here.

Learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication degree program.

Alum Receives Fulbright Award To Teach English in Algeria Kennan Daoudi, M.A.T. 2015, will be helping to build cultural connections

Kennan Daoudi

Kennan Daoudi ’15, who received his Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University, received a Fulbright award to teach English in Algeria.

Congratulations to National Louis University alum Kennan Daoudi, M.A.T. ’15, whose love of teaching, foreign languages and international cultures is taking him far.

Daoudi, 27, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  He will be working with local teachers in Algiers, Algeria at its polytechnic school helping Algerian university students improve their English. His mission also includes strengthening cultural connections between the U.S. and Algerian people.   Continue reading »

Arts in the Dark Parade Steps off Saturday; You Can March or Watch The parade begins at 6 pm at State and Wacker, travels south on State Street

National Louis University will participate for the first time in Chicago’s Arts in the Dark parade  Saturday at 6 p.m. on State Street.

NLU students, faculty and staff are invited to watch or march with the University’s contingent as the parade moves south from Wacker (north of the Chicago Theatre) to Van Buren (near the Harold Washington Library).  Continue reading »