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217 Today: Chicago State University’s president is on a mission to enroll more Black students in college

Chicago State President Zaldwaynaka “Z” Scott has been president of Chicago State University since 2018. She says she faces "challenges that come from being both Black and both female," but "you pull up your seat to the table and sit down and just get down to work."

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Today’s headlines: 

  • Cleanup is underway after multiple tornadoes touched down in the Chicago area Wednesday night.
  • The Urban League Club of Chicago is talking about what people can expect from next year’s Democratic National Convention. 
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Springfield is warning the public of a “grandparent scam” targeting elders in central Illinois.
  • An Illinois group that fuses traditional Japanese music with avant-garde jazz is coming to the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois Urbana campus this Sunday.

In today’s deep dive, we’ll learn more about the Chicago State University President’s mission to enroll more Black Chicago residents in college.

Reporting today contributed by Reginald Hardwick, Emily Hays, Owen Henderson and Lisa Philip.

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Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson

Farrah Anderson is a student at the University of Illinois studying journalism. At Illinois Public Media, Anderson works as a general assignment reporter and produces and hosts the 217 Today podcast.

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