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New EEOC guidance on arrest records and hiring decisions: Working with communities on their rights to accessing jobs

After more than 20 years, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) this spring revised its policy guidance on employers’ use of arrest records in making hiring decisions. The announcement received a great deal of media attention. In communities like Chicago’s underserved Englewood community, a significant number of residents are arrested in police sweeps but … Continue reading

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Examining sexuality, identity, culture, and race: The 2012 Multifacted Themes of Diversity Conference

Do social movements need icons?  How do race, class, gender, and sexuality dictate who becomes an icon, who is a foot-soldier, and who makes movement really function? Guest speaker Dr. Kimberly Springer addressed these timely questions and issues related to the use of fame and celebrity in movements toward social change, at the annual Multifacted Themes of Diversity Conference … Continue reading

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Arrests, Hiring, and Community Impact: The EEOC’s Updated Enforcement Guidance

For more than a year, the Adler School’s  Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) has focused its pioneering Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) on a proposal of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to amend its Policy Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest Records in Employment Decisions.  Through its MHIA work, the ISE team has been examining the impact on … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar for discussion on ‘Religion: The Black LGBTQ Experience’

On May 21, the Adler School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center and Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) will present “Religion: The Black LGBTQ Experience.”  Join us for discussion on internal and external conflicts for African-American sexual minorities that are created when religious and sexual orientation identities do not reconcile with each other.  Learn about … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar: ISE hosts ‘The Holocaust and the Marginalization of Collective Memories’ on May 9

The Nazi regime banned abortion, attempted to cure homosexuality, and sterilized almost all Germans of part-African descent.  Our mainstream narratives of the Holocaust usually exclude those histories. Yet some of the same groups targeted under Nazism — including people with mental disabilities, women, people of African or Roma descent, gay and lesbian people — continue to suffer … Continue reading

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Institute on Social Exclusion: Upcoming events on mental health impact, urban mental health and more

The Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) has a busy series of events and presentations coming up, beginning this week with Executive Director Lynn Todman’s panel presentation at the first-ever National Health Impact Assessment Meeting in Washington D.C. Here is the schedule: April 3-4: Inaugural National Health Impact Assessment Meeting, Washington, D.C. Lynn Todman, Ph.D., Executive Director … Continue reading

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Conference announcement: ‘The Social Determinants of Urban Mental Health: Paving the Way Forward,” Sept. 19-20

Today, more than half of all global humanity lives in urban areas.  That figure is projected to grow to more than 60 percent by 2050.  Although cities possess conditions that promote good mental health, they also possess conditions — poverty, conflict, and social isolation — that are harmful to mental health. In fact, research shows that city … Continue reading

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IPSSJ to host ‘Forced Out,’ a mass teach-in on immigration and incarceration policy and campaigns on April 5

UPDATE: We’ve announced the schedule and full list of more than 50 partner organizations participating with this mass teach-in, followed by a March to End Mass Detention.  Click here for the post. More than 2.3 million people are held in American prisons at any given time. Nearly 400,000 immigrants are deported each year.  These represent … Continue reading

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Adler School IPSSJ working with coalition in Racine, Wisconsin, on new public/private approach for reducing recidivism

The city of Racine, Wisconsin, has been greatly affected by the recession, taking major blows in unemployment and job losses.  Racine is also home to an inordinately high number of repeat offenders, who leave jail or prison and have few opportunities–including opportunities for jobs–to help them successfully reenter the community. As a result, recidivism is costing the city millions of dollars. The U.S. Department … Continue reading

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Institute on Social Exclusion: Upcoming national lectures, innovation talks & more

Mark your calendar:  Our nationally recognized leadership and faculty with the Adler School’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) will be speaking at these upcoming conferences and programs: “Social Exclusion: The Marginalization of African Americans in Health Care, Housing, and Employment” Symposium Keynote Address The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA) Saturday, Feb. 18, Chicago … Continue reading

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Nationally recognized ‘Theater of War’ in Chicago: Adler School panelist & veteran discusses the macro mental health issues

While the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) did not become widely known until after World War I, when it was known as shell shock, it’s in fact been recognized since the time of Sophocles in Ancient Greece.  Sophocles was a Greek military general as well as a playwright, in an age when war was … Continue reading

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In the news: Issues framing ‘Deportation Through the Eyes of Children’

Many individuals living in the U.S. are undocumented.  Studies have shown that being an undocumented immigrant can be detrimental to one’s mental health.  Recently, Illinois Issues covered immigrant mental health issues based from an event hosted this fall by the Adler School’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ). Click here to read “Undocumented anguish: … Continue reading

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A reflection on conversation on hierarchies of identity, coming out, racism, and colorism

In today’s post, guest blogger Katrina Sanford, MA, a doctoral student here at the Adler School, reflects on an event hosted last term by the School’s Institute on Social Exclusion. The panel discussion “A Conversation: Hierarchies of Identity, Coming Out, Racism and Colorism”  was the first in a series of events intended to reframe mainstream LGBTQ discourse on salient … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar: CEU program Dec. 8 on LGBTQ substance abuse & treatment

The Adler School’s recently established LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center has partnered with  Chicago Lakeshore Hospital to host a free professional development program next Thursday, Dec.  8:  on the complexity of substance use in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.  The program, “LGBTQ Substance Abuse and Treatment,” will examine substance abuse through individual, community, and societal lenses … Continue reading

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Update: WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified to air roundtable on planning & health outcomes feauturing ISE executive director

Updating our Nov. 11 post on the upcoming Improving Health Through Planning presentation: This significant discussion will be featured on WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified, which distributes public programming on important events throughout Chicago available via the web.  Tune in after Dec. 7  for the inside listen of panelists discussing the role of health outcomes in early planning decisions. Among the … Continue reading