The Dean's Advisory Council

Dean's Advisory Council
Pictured L-R: Marvin Lindsey, JACSW Associate Dean Faith Johnson Bonecutter, Dr. Barbara Henley, Esther Wong, Dean Creasie Finney Hairston, Janaé Bonsu, Clifford Nellis, Celena Roldán and JACSW Doctoral Program Director Chang-ming Hsieh.

The Jane Addams College of Social Work Dean’s Advisory Council provides guidance to the Dean on strategic directions in support of the College’s mission of advancing social, racial and economic justice. 

Advisory Council Members

Co-Chair: Marvin Lindsey, MSW, CADC, is the CEO of the Community Behavioral Healthcare Association of Illinois. Mr. Lindsey serves on the Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency, the Department of Human Services Social Advisory Committee, and several other state workgroups and committees. He also serves on the Community Advisory Committee of UIC’s Urban Health Program, which is charged with recruiting, retaining, and graduating underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students in the health professions

Co-Chair: Clifford M. Nellis, JD, MDiv, studied partnerships between government and non-profits at the University of Chicago and founded the Lawndale Christian Legal Center, which provides community-based criminal defense legal services for youth and emerging adults. Dr. Nellis also helped establish the first Restorative Justice Community Court for emerging adults in Chicago. He is a member of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Advisory Board and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, and is President of the Chicago Bar Association Legal Aid Council.

Janaé Bonsu, MA, is a third-year PhD student and teaching assistant at the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Ms. Bonsu’s research interests lie at the nexus of criminalization, gender, race and class. She is active in many community-based initiatives, holds a leadership role in the Black Youth Project 100, and serves on the boards of directors for mRelief and the Action Center on Race & the Economy.

Victoria Chou, MS, PhD, is Dean Emerita for the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education. As dean, she led a sustained effort to demonstrate how a college can be responsive to the educational needs of high-poverty communities of color, and she drove systemic change by diversifying tenure-line and clinical faculty roles and reward systems. Dr. Chou was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Ramon Estrada, JD, is an Assistant General Counsel for the Chicago Housing Authority. His prior legal experience includes general law practice with a focus on domestic relations, immigration, landlord/tenant matters, and personal injury matters for bilingual clients. Dr. Estrada has also provided pro bono family law services for the Legal Aid Society.

Barbara Henley, PhD, is the Vice Chancellor Emerita for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she served as vice chancellor for 20 years. Dr. Henley has authored journal articles and book chapters related to diversity and student affairs. She has also held leadership roles in the American Psychological Association and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), which honored her with a Pillar of the Profession Award.

Lindsey LaPointe, MSW, is the senior project manager of justice reform at Business and Professional People for the Public Interest. Ms. LaPointe serves as vice president of the board of directors of Hands to Help Ministries, is a member of the Illinois Women Institute for Leadership fellowship program, and actively fights alongside Neighbors for Affordable Housing in the Chicago community of Jefferson Park.

Edward Mogul, JD, MLA, is Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at City Colleges of Chicago and Adjunct Professor at Loyola University. Dr. Mogul was an original member of the late State’s Attorney Cecil Partee’s pioneering gay and lesbian advisory council, and was an original co-trustee of Chicago’s Unicorn Foundation, which has distributed more than $4 million to LGBT and AIDS-related charities. Based on his proposal to the Illinois Supreme Court, it is now Illinois law that the duty of a prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict.

Celena Roldán, MSW, MEd, is the CEO of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois. With extensive community development experience, Ms. Roldán has served on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Education Transition Team and Early Childhood Task Force, as well as Governor Quinn’s Illinois Human Services Commission. She serves on the boards of several organizations and was honored by the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago with the 2016 Community Leader Award for her work in communities and non-profits.

Esther Wong, MA, is the retired executive director of the Chinese American Service League, the largest, most comprehensive social service agency in the Midwest dedicated to serving the needs of Chinese Americans. She has been a co-investigator in research studies at the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging at Rush University Medical Center and the Simon Research Lab at Northwestern University. Ms. Wong has received many accolades for her active involvement in the community.

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