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January 2021 Good News in the College of Education

Welcome to Good News in the College of Education, a listing of some of the great things our faculty, staff, and students have accomplished recently.

On Dec. 3, Dr. Molly Andolina (LAS) and Dr. Hilary Conklin presented their conference paper “Cultivating empathic listening in democratic education” at the (virtual) annual meeting of the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Dr. Autumn Cabell received a grant from the Schultz Foundation. The award is to provide career counseling services to Black adults in the Chicago area who have been economically impacted by COVID-19.

Student Assistant Marissa Barquia published a 12 Days of Podcasts social media campaign that features educational podcasts throughout the holiday season.

LLC student Kristin Novy received her administrative certificate from the Educational Leadership Program and was just named 2020 Principal of the Year for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.

Over winter break, counseling student Kirsten Nozime volunteered to run a group for DePaul's inSTEM program. She facilitated a group check-in with high school and college girls in the program.

Drs. Barbara Rieckhoff, Melissa Ockerman, and Amira Proweller published a qualitative study exploring how a collaborative multi-tiered critical professional development model between a non-for-profit organization and a University shaped educators’ thinking about teaching, their students, and their role as change agents. Former Associate Dean James Wolfinger is a co-author. "Building Teacher Empathy and Culturally Responsive Practice Through Professional Development and Self-Reflection," can be found in Journal of Vincentian Social Action.

DePaul University’s School of Nursing and College of Education Adjunct Professor, Gloria E. Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN was chosen by the CDC to participate in messages for healthcare professionals nationwide. The videos, featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci of National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other healthcare experts, explain the rollout and administration of COVID-19 vaccinations and how to navigate questions and conversations with patients. See the full series of videos at and a highlight of Barrera at