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Council of Elders

Traditionally Elders are the wisdom-keepers selected by their peoples as caretakers of the sacred teachings, experiences, stories and practices of their cultures passed down generation after generation. The Egan Office recognizes the intellectual, scholarly and cultural contributions of some of Chicago’s Elders who have played an active role in politics, education, and in the environment. The Council of Elders works closely with Egan’s staff and students to share their collective wisdom and knowledge to reinforce the vision and mission statement of the Egan Office.

Member Spotlight

Prexy Nesbitt is an educator and activist. His career focus is on African history, foreign policy, political economy and race. Over the course of five decades he has lead extensive consulting and training on class, race and diversity. Prexy continues to speak on social justice issues relating to race and teaches African history courses at Columbia College in Chicago.