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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. Photo Wall Paper Flowers Blossoms Sheets Tulips Liwwing No. 2277Fromm 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).Photo Wall Paper Illustration Mosaic Kaleidoscope Star Liwwing No. 4329

Fromm Reed has been working since about 2004 on the challenge of how to help people and communities heal from Adverse Childhood Experiences. ACEs include traumas such as experiencing physical, emotional or sexual abuse as a child, the death of divorce of a parent, Photo Wall Paper Lollypop Illustration Ornaments Liwwing No. 1245having a parent incarcerated or having a parent with substance abuse. ACEs actually change an individual’s brain chemistry and reduce their capacity to cope with stressors.

Anyone may take this quiz to learn how many ACEs they have, as well as the resilience quiz to see how much resilience they have to heal from ACEs.Photo Wall Paper Ornaments Flower Blossom Pearl Liwwing No. 706

Research in Community Psychology showed community resilience–the feeling of knowing and being able to count on one’s neighbors and members of the community–is much more effective than individual resilience to help children and young people with ACEs do better in terms of mental health, physical health, school performance and healthy coping behaviors.Photo Wall Paper Sea Bay Water Wood Columns Sheets Statue Palm Trees Liwwing

That ran counter to folk wisdom to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” and it helped Community Psychologists re-calibrate their thinking to focus on community resilience.Photo Wall Paper Stone Stone Look Stones Wall Stone Wallpaper Liwwing No. 168  Working together, a community can “pull up its members” more effectively.

Last year, Fromm Reed and NLU colleague Judith Kent, Ph.D., began working with the Resilient Belmont Cragin group in a pairing that lets the academic research meet the real world of a Northwest-side Chicago neighborhood.Photo Wall Paper Trees Forest River Water Natural Liwwing No. 1616 Belmont Cragin has seen its poverty rate double from 2000 to 2010 as people of modest means, including many immigrants, moved there to escape rising rents in gentrifying Logan Square and Humboldt Park.

As the psychologists work with the neighborhood leaders, the neighborhood leaders decided that so many residents have ACEs that they decided to embed resilience (the antidote to ACEs) in everything they do.Photo wallpaper 254x184cm Marvel Avengers Hulk kids bedroom wall mural green

Since Resilient Belmont Cragin formed in January 2018, it has worked with school, health, mental health, police and business leaders in the community to site a health clinic open to the entire community at Steinmetz High School, train police to not re-traumatize residents and mentor at-risk youth of high school age.Photo Wallpaper Mural 10074_P Green Corridor abstraction abstract 3D geometric During Sen. Durbin’s visit, the group showed him the health clinic at Steinmetz High School and discussed the positive impact it was having.

James Rudyk is the director of the Northwest Side Housing Center, a nonprofit that spearheads the Resilient Belmont Cragin Community Collaborative. It has helped countless residents keep their homes.Photo Wallpaper Mural 10165_P Dandelions Nature Flower Flowers Dandelion Dandel

”I think Suzette and Judy taught us that all the work we do is about resilience, but we never knew that because we’re not psychologists,” he said. “ACEs are seen as a psychological thing, Photo Wallpaper Mural 10516_P Castle Ruins monument monuments castle perspectivbut we decided that they impact our youth and communities so much that we embed resilience in all the work we do.”

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We know you’re wondering, so let’s address this right up front.Photo Wallpaper Mural 10920_P Feathers nature animals pattern feathers turquois  The cooking demonstrations at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium do not use any of the actual fish in the Aquarium’s collection.

Instead, Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at National Louis University partners with Shedd Aquarium to demonstrate recipes using species that are sustainably fished. Continue reading »

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Photo Wallpaper Mural 20140_P Stars and Moon on Wood Planks Imitation Wooden PlBoth of these National Louis University undergraduate Business students applied to and were accepted into Future Founders, which began in February. It  describes itself as “an innovative early-stage accelerator program that helps 18-to-30-year-olds go from side hustle to CEO through a series of interactive workshops covering the lean startup method.” Continue reading »