Saturday, April 9
2-2:50 Room 5006
John has worked with numerous grassroots community-based organizations across the country helping to create change that speaks to the community’s values. John recognizes that the most effective solutions to community issues should be community- driven. John believes in the power of connections, creating opportunities for community partners to share their effective practices, promising ideas, and challenges. Currently, John is the Director of DePaul University’s Egan Office of Urban Education and Community Partnership at the Steans Center. He’s the founder of a Non Governmental Organization Connextions International, which uses an asset-based community development approach in working with rural villages in West Africa. John also is the Coordinator of the Englewood Community Cultural Planning Council, which uses arts and culture to address social issues in Chicago’s Englewood community. John has been the recipient of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace award given by Morehouse College in Atlanta Georgia. He has been awarded the Peace Corp’s Loret Miller Ruppe Award for Outstanding Community Service, Young Chicago Authors Wallace Douglas Distinguished Service Award, and the State of Illinois, “Everyday Hero”.
He received his bachelor of science at Roosevelt University and a Masters in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois in Chicago. He is currently working on a Doctorate in Education at DePaul University where his research interest is the role of critical democracy within informal organizations. John sits on several local and international non-profit boards.