The Loyola Stands Against Gun Violence Committee

The Loyola Stands Against Gun Violence committee is a multi-departmental, multi-disciplinary committee which holds representation from Loyola Medicine and Loyola University Chicago. The committee formed in 2017 after the Emergency Department and chaplains in the Spiritual Care and Education Department began to collaborate to support patients and family members affected by gun violence. Loyola Stands meets monthly to share, discuss, and lead Hospital and University initiatives, community events, policy developments and action items, prayer services for mass shootings, and the organization of conferences and educational activities. Key initiatives run by members of Loyola Stands include: Stop the Bleed trainings, Americorps partnership for Certified Nurse's Assistant program, Community Paramedicine program in collaboration with Hillside Fire Department, Mother's Dawn gatherings for mothers and family members who have lost loved ones to violence, ongoing data analysis and academic presentations on the scope of gun violence in the Loyola catchment area, Community Grand Rounds on community-identified topics, and a regional network collaboration to explore the feasibility of a community-based Trauma Recovery Center model. In 2021, Loyola Stands will work with community partner organizations to explore the prospect of a social enterprise in the village of Maywood. 

Bills Currently Under Consideration in Congress

H.R. 8

This bill establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals).

Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check.

H.R. 1446

This bill revises background check requirements applicable to proposed firearm transfers from a federal firearms licensee (e.g., a licensed gun dealer) to an unlicensed person.

Specifically, it increases the amount of time, from 3 business days to a minimum of 10 business days, that a federal firearms licensee must wait to receive a completed background check prior to transferring a firearm to an unlicensed person. (This type of transaction is often referred to as a default proceed transaction.)

If a submitted background check remains incomplete after 10 business days, then the prospective purchaser may submit a petition for a final firearms eligibility determination. If an additional 10 days elapse without a final determination, then the federal firearms licensee may transfer the firearm to the prospective purchaser.

If you would like to support any of these bills, please contact your Representative.


Thank you for attending the
2021 Community Violence Prevention Summit

To view the recording of the 2021 Summit, please click here.
Hosted by the Loyola Stands Against Gun Violence Committee.

Keynote Speaker: Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx
Attendees of the virtual summit will include faculty, staff and students from across Loyola’s campuses and programs as well as community and governmental partners. The goal of the summit is to understand efforts underway across Loyola’s campuses to address community violence, and to enhance collaboration to advance these efforts. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx will provide the keynote address to start the conversation, and she will be followed by representatives from units and programs across Loyola’s campuses who will describe current projects which address community violence and prevention.
*Continuing Medical Education and Ethics Grand Rounds Credit Available

Schedule of Events




Keynote: Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx


Questions & Discussion




Introduction to “Loyola Mini’s” Presentation Series

Introduction of "150 Day Goal"

Lena Hatchett, PhD
"Proviso Partners for Health"


Lisa Jacobs, JD & David Olson, PhD
"Improving Outcomes with Emerging Adults in Contact with the Criminal Justice System"


Kristen Donaldson, MD
"Loyola Minis: Trends in Violent Injuries"


Kelly Henry, MD
"Secure Storage"


Malik Henfield, PhD
"Institute for Racial Justice"


Seth Green
"The Role of Business in Stopping Gun Violence"


150 Day Goal



About the Speakers


Kim Foxx, JD
Cook County State's Attorney

Kimberly M. Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Kim took office on December 1, 2016 with a vision for transforming the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe.

As Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim has undertaken substantial criminal justice reforms focused on public safety and equity. She has revamped the office’s Conviction Integrity Unit, resulting in overturned convictions in over 80 cases, including the first-ever mass exoneration in Cook County for 15 men whose convictions stemmed from misconduct by a Chicago Police Officer. She has been a leader in bond reform, instructing prosecutors to agree to recognizance bonds where appropriate, and reviewing bond decisions in cases where people are detained because they are unable to pay bonds of $1,000 or less. Kim has taken the lead on prioritizing resources away from low-level offenses to focus on violent crime, including raising the threshold for approving felony charges for retail theft to $1,000, and declining to prosecute misdemeanor traffic offenses for failure to pay tickets and fines. Kim played a vital role in passing legislation to legalize cannabis and provide the broadest and most equitable conviction relief possible. Providing this relief is not only a critical part of righting the wrongs of the failed war on drugs that disproportionately harmed communities of color; it is also a statement of her values and commitment to justice for all.

Kim is the first and only prosecutor in the country to make felony case-level data available to the public. The open data portal provides unprecedented access and transparency into the work of a prosecutor’s office. Her goal is to make the Cook County the most transparent prosecutor’s office in the country.

Kim served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for 12 years, and was also a guardian ad litem, where she worked as an attorney advocating for children navigating the child welfare system. Prior to being elected State’s Attorney, Kim served as Chief of Staff for the Cook County Board President, where she was the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

Born and raised in Cabrini Green on Chicago’s Near North Side, Kim is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and a J.D. from the SIU School of Law.



Lena Hatchett, PhD
Proviso Partners for Health

Associate Professor
Neiswanger Institute for Health Policy
Loyola University Chicago

Lena Hatchett, PhD is Associate Professor at Loyola University Chicago, Neiswanger Institute for Health Policy and co-founder and Principal Investigator for Proviso Partners for Health, a nationally recognized community-coalition to promote racial and economic pathways for equity. Her public health experience includes coalition development and community capacity building for national entities including Trinity Health System; Cook County Department of Public Health, Institute for Healthcare Improvement—as well as regional and local governments. Proviso Partners for Health is a SCALE community in the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a PhD in Social and Health Psychology, Lena conducted chronic disease prevention and health promotion research at the community level. She has been selected for numerous leadership awards including the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, (Jointly hosted by the Loyola University Chicago and Loyola University Health System) and E. Hill De Loney Award for community-based public health. In addition, she has co-authored articles focus on systems change to promote health equity. Her latest Book Chapter features the power dynamics within structural racism and systemic solutions to improve equity


Lisa Jacobs, JD
Program Manager
Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice
Loyola University Chicago

Lisa Jacobs manages Loyola University’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice, which seeks to advance fair, humane and effective criminal and juvenile justice policy and practice. Prior to the Center’s launch, Lisa served as Program Manager for the Illinois Models for Change Initiative, which was funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to promote effective juvenile justice policy, practice and programming in diverse jurisdictions across the state and nation. Before coming to Loyola, Lisa was Director of Judicial Education for the Illinois Supreme Court, with the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. During her tenure with the AOIC, she assisted in implementing the Supreme Court’s Evidence-Based Practice initiatives in criminal and juvenile cases. She currently provides subject matter expertise and technical assistance to jurisdictions working to improve the outcomes of youth “dually involved” in child welfare and juvenile justice systems, as a consultant with the RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice.

Lisa serves as Vice Chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, which is charged with advising the Governor, General Assembly and other stakeholders on matters of juvenile justice law and policy. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Collaboration on Youth, which champions the safety, health and success of Illinois’ children, youth, and families by acting as a policy advocate and by connecting and strengthening the organizations that serve them.

Lisa is a member of the Illinois Court Improvement Project Advisory Committee, convened by the Illinois Supreme Court to promote the continuous quality improvement of court proceedings in child welfare proceedings and to enhance and expand collaboration between the judicial branch, the Department of Children and Family Services, and child protection court stakeholders to improve child welfare outcomes.

She previously served on the Federal Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and as a gubernatorial appointee to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority Board.


Dave Olson, PhD
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Loyola University Chicago

David Olson is a Professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University Chicago, and is also the Co-Director of Loyola’s interdisciplinary Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. For nearly 20 years, Dr. Olson worked at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, where he was the director of Illinois’ Statewide Drug and Violent Crime Control Strategy Impact Evaluation Program and was responsible for overseeing the evaluation and monitoring of federally funded drug and violent crime control efforts in the State of Illinois. During his 30+ years in the field of criminal justice, David has worked with a variety of federal, state and local agencies to develop and evaluate programs and policies, particularly in the area of community and institutional corrections. During his career has served as staff to, or been appointed to, a number of Illinois commissions and task forces established to address crime and incarceration. Dr. Olson current serves on the advisory boards of the Illinois Department of Corrections, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority through separate gubernatorial appointments, and was recently appointed to the Illinois Restore, Reinvest, and Renew Program (R3) Board and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices Implementation Task Force.

Dr. Olson received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago, his M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science/Public Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was the recipient of the Assistant United States Attorney General’s Graduate Research Fellowship.



Kristen Donaldson, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Professor
Emergency Medicine
Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Donaldson is an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine at Stritch School of Medicine and practices clinically as a full-time Emergency Physician in Loyola’s Level 1 Trauma Center in Maywood, IL. As both faculty for medical students and residents, she has been recognized as a top educator, most recently receiving the Emergency Medicine Residency’s Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award for 2020. Prior to medicine, she studied Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked for many years as a business strategy consultant in Health and Life Sciences industry. Her early public health work addressed education on drugs and alcohol, interpersonal violence, and sexual health. She then began to focus on youth violence and more specifically gun violence and the prevention of trauma recidivism. She serves as a member of the Loyola Stands multi-disciplinary committee that focuses on violence prevention efforts within Loyola and surrounding community. In addition, she serves on the Clinical Steering Committee for the design of a Trauma Recovery Center in the west side of Chicago to provide trauma informed care to victims of all violence. She is a dedicated doctor, educator, and advocate. She is also the mother of three young children, a seeker of adventures, an occasional crafter and someone that looks forward to when she can curl up solo with a good book again.


Kelly Henry, MD
Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center

Dr. Kelly Henry is an Assistant Professor at Loyola Medical Center. She is a board certified Internal Medicine/Pediatric physician who also specializes in Palliative care. She has an interest in gun violence prevention and is a co-lead for the Be Smart Campaign in Elmhurst, IL. Be Smart is an organization that is dedicated to improving awareness on secure gun storage practices which can save children's lives. She also recently joined the Doctors for America Subcommittee on safe storage with the hopes to improve physician counseling of patients and their families on safe storage practices.  



Malik Henfield, PhD
Founding Dean
Institute for Racial Justice
Loyola University Chicago

Dr. Malik S. Henfield is a Full Professor and Founding Dean of the Institute for Racial Justice at Loyola University Chicago (scheduled to launch Fall 2021). He received a BA in Biology from Francis Marion University, a MEd and EdS in School Counseling from The University of South Carolina, and a PhD in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Henfield has published multiple scholarly manuscripts and books, and delivered numerous national, regional, state, and local keynote addresses and professional presentations. His scholarship situates Black students' lived experiences in a broader ecological milieu to critically explore how their personal, social, academic, and career success is impeded and enhanced by school, family, and community contexts. His work to date has focused heavily on the experiences of Black students formally identified as gifted/high-achieving while his latest projects focus more exclusively on developing, implementing, and evaluating in- and out-of-school interventions associated with developing Black students ready to succeed in college and careers.

As a counselor educator, Professor Henfield also has a fundamental belief in mental health as a key component in meeting students' needs and is, therefore, committed to diversifying the counseling profession as a means to help the profession better reflect current demographics. To that end, he also researches underrepresented students' (Black and international students) experiences in counselor training programs as a means to uncover the connection between programmatic factors and positive student outcomes and experiences, which has direct implications for increased diversity in the counseling profession. He has consulted on these topics at Atlanta Public School District, Baltimore City Public School District, Oakland Unified School District, and San Francisco Unified School District, and many other school districts and community stakeholders across the country on topics related to his scholarly interests.

Over the years, Dr. Henfield has been widely recognized for his scholarship and service including winning the American Education Research Association (AERA) Division E Research Paper of the Year Award, the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society's Outstanding Article Award, and the Outstanding Research Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES). In terms of leadership recognition, he was named an Emerging Leader by the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) International Education Association, a Young Academic Fellow by the Institute for Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation, and was elected Chair of one of AERA's largest Special Interest Groups (SIG), the Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education (2018-2021).

His research has resulted in millions of dollars of external funding including, most recently a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant focused on increasing the number of students of color entering computer science professions and an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant aimed at determining the extent to which school districts provide equity and excellence in their gifted education programming.



Seth Green
Founding Director
Quinlan School of Business Management
Loyola University Chicago

Seth Green is the founding director of the Baumhart Center, an interdisciplinary center at Loyola University Chicago that prepares leaders to tackle society's most pressing challenges through education, engagement, and research. Seth is also an executive lecturer in Loyola’s Management Department, where he teaches courses on nonprofit leadership, social entrepreneurship, and corporate social responsibility.

Seth joined Loyola after leading three social ventures at the forefront of fighting poverty and expanding opportunity. Most recently, he served as executive director of Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), a Chicagoland nonprofit that prepares low-income youth for post-secondary and life success. During his tenure, he spearheaded a four-fold expansion of Y.O.U.'s programs and led a $16.4 million fundraising campaign to build a state-of-the-art youth center.

Seth began his career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company, where he worked with private sector clients on strategic planning and change management. A recipient of McKinsey’s Community Fellowship, he spent one year of his time at the firm supporting nonprofit clients, including the Gates Foundation and United Way.

Seth is a sought after speaker and frequent media contributor, having served as a guest on C-SPAN's Washington Journal, CNN, and MSNBC, and having written op-eds for the Christian Science Monitor, Crain's and Fortune Magazine. His work has been featured by hundreds of publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. For his social innovation leadership, Utne Reader named Seth one of 50 “Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.”

Seth currently serves on the Social Impact Advisory Panel at the Chicago Community Trust, on the Impact Investing Advisory Council of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, and on the Council of Advisors of Loyola Limited. Seth is also a co-chair on the United Way of Metro Chicago’s Campaign Cabinet.

Seth has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, master’s degrees from the London School of Economics and Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, and a law degree from Yale University.