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Our People

Lift as You Climb (LAYC) board members include DePaul University faculty, staff and students. Dr. Joseph Gardner led the way for this initiative in early 2017. He was then joined by colleagues, Dr. Rebecca Michel and Dr. Thomas Noel. Early support for LAYC also came from doctoral students and staff.

Drs Michel, Gardner and Noel

Each Lift group worked with a professional advisor–a community leader with expertise in each groups’ interest-based project (literacy, community/criminal justice, and higher education). The 2017-2018 professional advisors came from organizations and institutions such as the Chicago Public Schools, the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute and the Community Colleges of Chicago.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Lift as You Climb will be collaborating with organizations from Chicago’s Back of the Yards community. In working with these organizations, LAYC ​envisions more sustained collaborative efforts to address issues of literacy, parenting, and community relations.​