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Nurse Educator Highlights The Importance Of Nurses During National Nurses Month

Tyra L. Dean-Ousley, EdD, MSN, FPA, FNP-BC, known as Dr. Tyra, was encouraged to become a nurse by her son’s grandmother. She entered the field because she wanted to take care of people and make a difference. She didn’t become a nurse for any notoriety or fame, she wanted to be able to show up when people needed her the most.

President Of South Suburban College Reflects On Her Career And Colleges Evolution

Dr. Lynette Stokes has served as the President of South Suburban College since 2018. Prior to being appointed to the college, Stokes served as Vice President of Academic Services.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Homan Square Engages Community In Arts And Culture

For about a decade the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has had a presence in the North Lawndale community. With the School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Homan Square, it has been able to engage the community in projects that bring the community and the school together.

Nonprofit Provides Safe Space For Young People To Showcase Their Creativity

Natalie and her son D.A. Manning founded This Is Life: Chicago in 2013. D.A. Manning came up with the concept at 11 when he created a piece about the gun violence that was taking place in the city. He turned that piece into a rap and decided he wanted to host his own talent showcase, with the goal of providing a platform for his peers in the city.

Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT) and Chicago Urban League to Host 3rd Semi-Annual Vocational Training and Trades Fair

The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT) in partnership with the Chicago Urban League is excited to announce the return of the Vocational Training and Trades Apprenticeship Fair. This annual event, now in its third iteration, will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the CHICAT building located at 1701 W. 13th Street, Chicago, IL

Free Learning Opportunities Available and Volunteers Needed for the South Suburban College Literacy Tutoring Program

South Suburban College (SSC) is seeking participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy (AVL) Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Instruction in basic literacy includes the development of phonetic reading skills, whole language experience, combined with effective communication skills. Residents are welcome to volunteer as tutors and encourage others to take advantage of this free professional development opportunity.

For an Antidote to Climate Despair, Look to the Impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring

Did you hear the birds singing outside this morning? A lot of us take that common sound of nature for granted. Most people these days do not realize how close we came to living in a much quieter world; to the widespread destruction of entire ecosystems and some of our most iconic species.

ICYMI: Democratic Leaders Mark 100 Days until the Democratic National Convention

In case you missed it, Saturday marked 100 days until the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Chicago on August 19. Convention officials organized a day of service in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood to mark the occasion, and they were joined by Chicago Democrats who expressed their excitement for the upcoming event.


In an effort to bring the citizens of Chicago together to address issues affecting their most vulnerable neighbors year-round, Mayor Brandon Johnson has issued a proclamation declaring May 13-19, 2024, as “Salvation Army Week in Chicago.” The proclamation recognizes the ongoing efforts of the staff and volunteers of the country’s largest nongovernmental provider of social services to help those in the community who are struggling.

Pappas, Jordan, Black Men United to share flowers, chips along Michigan Avenue for Mother’s Day

Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, media personality “Candid” Candace Jordan and members of Black Men United will hand out flowers and chips to passersby from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 12, along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Chicago Sinfonietta's Board of Directors names two long-serving supporters Lifetime Trustees, welcomes new member

As its 36th anniversary season draws to a close, Chicago Sinfonietta shares new developments in its Board of Directors. Announced by James Weidner, Board Chair, and WaveMaker 360 Partner, and Genhi Givings Bailey, Vice Chair and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago Sinfonietta celebrates two long-serving supporters who have held various positions over the decades, naming them Lifetime Trustees of the Board of Directors, and welcomes a new Board member.

Remembering Our Purpose – A Tribute to James Alfred Washington

While in Dallas to memorialize our dear friend, James Washington, my visit routinely found me engaged in stimulating conversations as I saw old friends and met new ones.

NAN Gathering Plans to Bring Drug Discount Concerns to Federal Reps

Recently the National Action Network (NAN) Leadership and Awards Breakfast, our Chairman Reverend Al Sharpton brought together NAN Board Members, State Chapter Chairs, senior staff, and community activists to discuss our increasing concern around the 340B Drug Discount Program.

Caregivers Honored at Inaugural Dear Me Care Circle

The launch of a new group for caregivers was held on last April 27th at the Hyatt Chicago Medical/University District. It was a full room of caregivers and the family and friends who love them attending the ‘Dear Me Care Circle’ Pre-Mother’s Day Brunch. Themed

Law Day at South Suburban College: A Resounding Success!

South Suburban College (SSC) celebrated Law Day on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, marking a significant milestone in fostering legal education and awareness within the community. The event drew an impressive turnout, with state and local law enforcement agencies, high school students from Bremen, Hillcrest, and Oak Forest, SSC legal studies students, and last but not least, SSC staff converging to partake in a day filled with immersive experiences and insightful discussions.