Contact Us

The Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS) demonstrates Northeastern Illinois University’s urban tradition of education, research and service. The CCICS staff is dedicated to assist all student and community needs. Below you will find the contact information for each department. You can also email the CCICS general email address, ccics@neiu.edu.

Due to the current pandemic, please contact each staff member's work cell or email address if available. 

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Alex
Gonzalez
Office Administrator
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Expertise
Administrative/Media
Education

M.F.A. École Internationale du Creation Audiovisuelle et Realisation, 2007-2009, Paris, France

B.F.A. International Academy of Design and Technology 2000-2004, Chicago, Illinois

Background

Media

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Zakita
Mason
Administrative Assistant/Facilities Coordinator
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Nekenya
Walker
Admissions/Program Advisor
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Northeastern Illinois University
700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lorene Foggs
Lorene
Foggs
Financial Aid Advisor/Coordinator
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Education

Research Interest

  • Community Development, Education and Restructuring

  • Urban Communities in the Midwest (U.S.) and Developing Nations

  • Poverty in the Urban Community (Global)

  • Urban Policy (Population Growth & Sustainability)

Education

Chicago State University
Geography, M.A. ‘21

Chicago State University
Sociology, B.A. ‘14 (Honors)

Robert Morris University
Graphic Arts, A.A.S. ‘09

Additional Information

When sending a text message or leaving a voicemail, please include your name, student ID number, and a brief description of your inquiry. When sending an email, please use your Nmail (NEIU email) address.


Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, Ill. 60653

Phone: (773) 256-2037
Work Cell: (872) 210-4116
Fax: (773) 256-2030

Office Hours
Office Hours
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Monica
Smith
Program Administrative Assistant
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
700 East Oakwood Blvd
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Akua
Cason
Assistant Director
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Expertise
Akua has experience working with low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented, academically promising students. She utilizes various strategies and techniques, bringing unique and creative programming and resources to support students throughout their educational careers.
Education

NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Inner City Studies, M.A.

Chicago State University
Psychology, B.A.

Background

I understand the importance of education, integrity, and collective responsibility in developing and preparing others. It is my personal mission to lead by example, positively influence others and create purposeful pathways for them as future leaders. I believe in the “village” philosophy and comprehensive approach through family involvement, academic improvement and community partnership. It is my intent to continue to design and implement programs that have the power to transform, cultivate and sustain greatness in our leaders as they move on to the next level.

Additional Information

I enjoy painting, creating jewelry and gardening.

 

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Dr. Andrea Evans
Andrea
E.
Evans
Interim Dean
College of Education
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Education

Dr. Evans completed her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies and B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Program Development at DePaul University.

Background

Andrea E. Evans, Ph. D. is the Interim Dean for the Goodwin College of Education and Director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. In addition, she holds an appointment as a full professor in the Department of Leadership, Literacy, and Development in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. Dr. Evans has spent over 25 years in Illinois education. Before coming to NEIU, Dr. Evans served as the Dean of the College of Education at Governors State University.  Also, she has served as an administrator and/or professor at other Illinois institutions including Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Evans is a published scholar in the area of educational leadership, diversity, and equity, and recently served on Illinois State Board of Education’s State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Evans worked for 11 years as a high school science teacher and alternative school administrator in the Chicago area.

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
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Alex
Gonzalez
Office Administrator
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Expertise
Administrative/Media
Education

M.F.A. École Internationale du Creation Audiovisuelle et Realisation, 2007-2009, Paris, France

B.F.A. International Academy of Design and Technology 2000-2004, Chicago, Illinois

Background

Media

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Dr. Andrea Evans
Andrea
E.
Evans
Interim Dean
College of Education
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Education

Dr. Evans completed her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies and B.S. in Biological Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Program Development at DePaul University.

Background

Andrea E. Evans, Ph. D. is the Interim Dean for the Goodwin College of Education and Director of the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at Northeastern Illinois University. In addition, she holds an appointment as a full professor in the Department of Leadership, Literacy, and Development in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. Dr. Evans has spent over 25 years in Illinois education. Before coming to NEIU, Dr. Evans served as the Dean of the College of Education at Governors State University.  Also, she has served as an administrator and/or professor at other Illinois institutions including Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Northern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Evans is a published scholar in the area of educational leadership, diversity, and equity, and recently served on Illinois State Board of Education’s State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board (SEPLB). Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Evans worked for 11 years as a high school science teacher and alternative school administrator in the Chicago area.

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
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Akua
Cason
Assistant Director
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Expertise
Akua has experience working with low-income, first-generation and traditionally underrepresented, academically promising students. She utilizes various strategies and techniques, bringing unique and creative programming and resources to support students throughout their educational careers.
Education

NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Inner City Studies, M.A.

Chicago State University
Psychology, B.A.

Background

I understand the importance of education, integrity, and collective responsibility in developing and preparing others. It is my personal mission to lead by example, positively influence others and create purposeful pathways for them as future leaders. I believe in the “village” philosophy and comprehensive approach through family involvement, academic improvement and community partnership. It is my intent to continue to design and implement programs that have the power to transform, cultivate and sustain greatness in our leaders as they move on to the next level.

Additional Information

I enjoy painting, creating jewelry and gardening.

 

Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
Northeastern Illinois University
700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Shonda Ghoston
Shonda
Triplett-Ghoston
Recruitment Specialist/Academic Advising
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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Melanie
Baker
Library Specialist
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies

700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday
11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Friday
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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Terry
Barfield
Technology Specialist I
Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies
University Technology Services

700 East Oakwood Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653
United States

Office Hours
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-4 p.m.