Johnny LaSalle, coordinator in the Center for Identity, Inclusion and Social Change, received the Outstanding Staff Professional award for his work in the Chicago Quarter program. The award goes to a staff professional who has gone above and beyond in their work with new students and with their assigned teaching team.
The Chicago Quarter courses acquaint first-year students at DePaul with the metropolitan community, its neighborhoods, cultures, people, institutions, organizations and issues. Staff professionals are part of a teaching team that includes a faculty member and student mentor.
The teaching teams are an essential part of the Chicago Quarter program, allowing new students to build relationships and connections as they transition to DePaul. Faculty lead the academic component of the course, while the Chicago Quarter mentors, in partnership with the assigned staff professional, plan and deliver the Common Hour component of the Chicago Quarter course. Staff professionals also provide Chicago Quarter Mentors with ongoing guidance and feedback, and formally evaluate mentor performance.
LaSalle was the staff professional for Discover Chicago: Queer Chicago, and was recognized by the faculty member and Chicago Quarter mentor of his teaching team for his energy, awareness of student needs and identity-conscious support.