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Wed, Nov 15




A progress report on the plan to drastically reduce gun violence in Chicago

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Time & Location

Nov 15, 2023, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST

Chicago, 50 S La Salle St, Chicago, IL 60603, USA

About the event

The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and Northern Trust invite you to learn how our city’s robust Civilian Architecture is leading the field in addressing violence and transforming lives.

Breakfast will be served. 8:00 - 8:30am

Program and Q&A 8:30 - 10:00am

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Teny Gross: Founder & Executive Director, INVC

Teny began his CVI career as a street outreach worker in Boston, and later founded the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence in Providence, RI. In 2015, Teny was recruited to Chicago to aid in our violence reduction efforts. He founded the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago and now serves as Executive Director. Teny is actively involved in shaping Chicago’s citywide community violence intervention strategy and building partnerships with key institutions.

Les Jenkins: Victim Services Program Manager, INVC

Les Jenkins is a trauma-informed care specialist and is certified in nonviolence and CBI training. He is a gun violence survivor. At 17, he was shot in both legs with his first-born daughter in his arms. It took him 9 months to walk again. This work is so important to Les because there were no supportive organizations, like Nonviolence Chicago, when he was dealing with his trauma and recovery. Les believes it is critical to meet people on the front lines when people feel hopeless and helpless.

Soledad Adrianzén McGrath: Executive Director, Northwestern University’s Corners

Soledad Adrianzén McGrath is a Research Professor at Northwestern's Institute for Policy Research and the Executive Director of Corners: the Center for Neighborhood Engaged Research & Science. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a Senior Program Officer in the Gun Violence Prevention & Justice Reform Program at the Joyce Foundation where she developed and led the foundation’s justice reform strategy, which included a focus on policing, criminal justice reform, and violence prevention.

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