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.
Breakfast with an Elder
At the Egan Office we have the privilege of hearing from amazing voices throughout the Chicago community of changemakers and activists alike. One of the ways in which we hear this is through our program called Council of Elders. This year we have decided to take full advantage of these amazing figures and start up a program called Breakfast with an Elder. Breakfast with an Elder is a time where one of our Egan Office staff takes a member from our council out to breakfast and has a discussion with them about their career, accomplishments, thoughts, and general feelings about what we need to be doing today for change as assisted through their expertise.
Chicago History and Gun Violence Political Forum
On January 26th, 2019 the Council of Elders partnered with National Lewis University's MPA program to host a political forum on gun violence and Chicago history in preparation for the 2019 mayoral election. The discussion was in circle formation which helped encourage intimate conversations with speakers, students, and community members. We were lucky to have Jonathan Peck, Tom Tresser, La'Shawn Littrice, and Deveda Francois speak on these topics and council member Prexy Nesbitt moderate. The was a great event, and we look forward to future partnerships such as this to have more deeply needed conversations to have a better informed and engaged community that sees the interconnections of history, politics, and social justice.