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Inside Erikson | March 2024

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March 2024 — Welcome to the March edition of the Inside Erikson newsletter!

On February 29, Erikson Institute’s Inspire Circle hosted a dynamic networking breakfast and presentation that delved into the transformative impact of Erikson’s Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA). The event, which brought together passionate advocates and leaders in the field, featured esteemed ECLA Alumna Dr. Stacy Grundy and Dr. Gina Lathan from the Route History Museum. Together, they explored the vital role ECLA plays in preparing leaders to champion early childhood initiatives.

Dr. Grundy and Dr. Lathan shared insights in how they prioritize young children and enriched the exploration of black history at the museum. Their exhibits and programs breathe life into historical narratives for visitors. Event attendees had the opportunity to journey along Route 66’s past through a virtual reality tour. The event was a testament to the power of collaboration and proactive leadership in advocating for early childhood development. Read more about the event in our blog

Erikson Institute’s Inspire Circle brings together donors who support Erikson with a gift of $1,000 or more annually. The Inspire Circle is a catalyst for continued momentum in advancing early childhood initiatives through collaboration, education, and advocacy.

Erikson Updates

JEDI Speaker: Rev. Wendell H. Paris

JEDI Speaker Series | Presented by the JEDI Office in Partnership with the Edward Neisser Library and Learning Center | Guest Speaker Wendell H. Paris, Sr. | Thursday March 21 at 10 am in the Library | Room 204

The Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) invites you to attend the first event in its JEDI Speaker Series featuring Rev. Wendell H. Paris. Reverend Paris is an incredible figurehead of the Black Power Movement and offers critical insight on grassroots organizing and coalition building. He is an unsung hero and joins us to support and extend our thinking of social justice. The event will be held in-person at Erikson on Thursday, March 21st. Coffee starts at 9:00 a.m. and Rev. Paris’ will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the library. Please RSVP by March 19th. Seats are limited and will open to the public on Monday so register soon!

Supporting Immigrant Families (SIF) webinar

Supporting Immigrant Families: A Framework for Frontline Workers | March 22, 2024 | 10 AM - 4 PM CST | Erikson Institute Center for Children and Families in collaboration with Boston Medical Center

Erikson’s Supporting Immigrant Families (SIF) team is hosting a webinar on March 22 geared towards educating and supporting frontline workers. Dive deep into the challenges faced by immigrant families with young children in this webinar which also offers practical insights and case-based learning to support communities in need. Enhance your skills and understanding of historical trauma and policy implications.

Gold Star Alumni – Gayle Mindes

Erikson Institute Gold Star Alum: Gayle Mindes | Ed. D. Curriculum and Early Childhood (Erikson Institute), Professor Emerita, DePaul University

The Gold Star Alumni Series aims to celebrate the exceptional individuals who have not only excelled in their respective fields but have also made a significant impact on their communities. Learn more about our March feature, Gayle Mindes, Ed.D.

If you would like to nominate alumni for this feature, please contact Enrique Sanchez Freire.

Careers at Erikson

We’re hiring for a variety of roles that support our mission. Please check out new opportunities here and share widely with your networks.

Erikson in the News

Congratulations to Talonie Mahon, a student in Erikson’s new Master of Early Childhood Education with Triple Endorsement program, on becoming WGN-TV’s Teacher of the month! Read her story and learn more about Ms. Mahon’s work with her students.

Illinois’ Governor JB Pritzker recently announced that Erikson alum, Eileen Rhodes, will continue to serve as a Member of the Capital Development Board. Read the press release

Congratulations to Jim Rowe, Kankakee County State’s Attorney and Erikson’s Early Childhood Leadership Academy (ECLA) alum, for being featured in Daily Journal. Read how the ECLA program “changed his thinking about dealing with children, parents and families”.

About Erikson

Graduate Education

Recognized for our groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood, Erikson specializes in preparing child development, education, and social work leaders to improve the lives of young children, families, and their communities. For more information on our degree and certificate programs, visit our website or email our admissions team.

Clinical and Community Services

Erikson’s Center for Children and Families offers pediatric mental health services for children birth to age 8 and their families. Services can be provided in both English and Spanish, and are available to families regardless of their ability to pay.

Policy and Leadership

Erikson’s Policy and Leadership department engages leaders in government, business, and nonprofit sectors to inform effective policies that benefit children and families. They offer unique programming that equips decision-makers and influencers with the resources, skills, and deep knowledge about early childhood development that will support their efforts to make lasting change. Learn more about our Policy and Leadership

Give to Erikson

The first 1,800 days of life set the stage for a child’s long-term physical and emotional health, socioeconomic trajectory, life expectancy, happiness, and well-being. Can we count on you to make a gift to strengthen our ability to serve children and families, as well as our students, faculty, and staff, during this time? Your support for Erikson prepares the heroes in young children’s lives—teachers, social workers, civic leaders, parents and caregivers—to get them safely through this crisis so they can soar into promising futures. Please donate here

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