Kids will be kids. We’ve been saying it for years, sometimes as an explanation for actions that defy adult understanding, occasionally to dismiss or downplay the need for personal accountability, and to convince ourselves that the sometimes-alarming behavior we witness in the young people around us is “normal.”
Ralph Barrera was a sergeant in the Los Angeles Police Department when a bullet changed his life. Fired in the line of duty in accordance with his training and police department regulations, the bullet took the life of an offender—but it also took a toll on Barrera, who embarked on a decade-long battle with post-traumatic stress disorder and eventually confronted the reality that it was time for a career change.
The changing world we live in today requires not only new skills, but a new way of thinking. A struggling economy and increased global competition are just some of the factors accelerating the need for a more innovative, interdisciplinary approach to addressing economic, social, political, and personal challenges.
Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the United States, visited The Chicago School’s Chicago Campus June 16, meeting with representatives of the Illinois National Guard, The Chicago School, and the community to discuss the emotional and psychological impact that military deployment has on armed services personnel and their families.
To his parish in the Hispanic Chicago neighborhood of West Humboldt Park, he is known as Father Tom. But to patients at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where he works with cancer and AIDS patients as coordinator of the Supportive Care Program, he goes by Doctor Tom.
The different monikers underscore the dual roles that the Rev. Dr. Thomas N. Pelton balances as a priest and psychologist.
Affirming The Chicago School’s commitment to preparing our students for work in an increasingly diverse world by providing international service learning and field work opportunities, nearly 170 students studied abroad in the 2010-2011 academic year—the most in our history—through faculty-led academic courses in countries that spanned the globe.