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Tolton Society

    • Michael R. Wilbon '76

Saint Ignatius College Prep Tolton Society Summer Soirée
Michael R. Wilbon '76
Friday, August 6th
We, the Augustus Tolton Society of Saint Ignatius College Prep, commend BOSS (Black Organization of Successful Students) on their bold statement that addressed the virus of racism that is prevalent throughout the world and unfortunately in our community as well.  
Our vow is to continually stay vigilant in promoting an agenda that focuses on the improvement of our school and hopefully the world. Our wish is that we, the Saint Ignatius Community, can be that beacon of not just hope but an impetus in the eradication of this systemic problem. 
We close with these words… words that are repeated every time we pray but as we move forward let them be the strength that is needed to not only to bless us, but more importantly to guide us.  “Saint Ignatius, pray for us.”
In anticipation of Fr. Augustus Tolton’s impending canonization, Saint Ignatius College Prep’s Claver Society will now be known as the Tolton Society. Art Reliford ’72 began the Claver Endowment which benefits our African American students in need of financial aid. The Tolton Endowment has grown exponentially over the past 10 years we have been able to provide Tuition Assistance to over 5 students per year. In addition, the Saint Ignatius Tuition Assistance Program provides over 325 students each year with Financial Aid. With the leadership of the Tolton Society, led by Gerald S. McCarthy ’80, dozens of alumni as well as friends of the school have also been instrumental in reaching the endowment’s current total of over $650,000.

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    Rashod Johnson '93, President & CEO of Ardmore Roderick was interviewed for the WBBM NEWSRADIO spot, Made in Chicago. CLICK HERE to read or listen about his journey.
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  • 2021 BOSS Ice Cream Social

    Students leading the Black Organization of Successful Students (BOSS) were eager to welcome the incoming class of 2025 and form connections across all class levels. The BOSS executives eagerly arranged an Ice Cream Social event that included music, games, and of course an ice cream sundae bar! More than 75 students faculty and staff attended, and over 40 students joined the BOSS Blackbaud page. This year is off to a great start!
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  • Reflections on Racial Justice in the Law and Legal Profession

    On January 27th, the Catholic Lawyers Guild hosted a panel discussion on "Being Explicit About Implicit Bias: Reflections on Racial Justice in the Law and Legal Profession." The panel featured retired Judge Ed Washington, counsel for Nixon Peabody LLP, Judge Ramon Ocasio, a judge on the Circuit Court of Cook County, Tanya D. Woods , the Executive Director of the Westside Justice Center, and Tamiko Russell, a law student at UIC John Marshall Law School. The discussion will be moderated by Kevin Murphy, the President of the Catholic Lawyers Guild.
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  • Tanya D. Woods to be honored at ACS Legal Legends Luncheon

    Law & Tolton Society member Tanya D. Woods, Executive Director of the Westside Justice Centeris being honored this year with the Ruth Goldman Award at the American Constitution Society's Legal Legends Luncheon, which will be held next week on Tuesday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. Next week’s Luncheon will be virtual, and we hope that you can join us to celebrate Tanya. In addition to Tanya, Selena Kyle of the NRDC Chicago and David Bradford of Jenner & Block will be honored.
    ACS is a leading progressive legal organization with more than 200 student and lawyer chapters across the nation. ACS believes that the Constitution is “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” The Chicago Legal Legends Luncheon is our Chapter’s annual event honoring luminaries in the Chicago legal community. Stanford Law School’s Pamela Karlan will be providing keynote remarks on what 2020 means for the future of our democracy.
    Tickets this year are free, register HERE.
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Past Event Recaps

BOSS/Tolton College Panel 2020

On October 22, 2020, BOSS and The Tolton Society were able to virtually host our annual College Panel for over 80 participants! We were honored to have Jawann Pollard, Director of College Persistence & Success at The Academy Group as our featured speaker. In addition, Kurt Schmidt, Director of College Counseling and a panel of recent Saint Ignatius graduates, Jeremy Atuobi ’17, David Moore ’17, Randall Lee ’19, Gabriela Meschino ’20, Zoe Warner ’20 and Anicia Miller ’20 resoundingly improved our new format and greatly enhanced the conversation.
In addition to the college panel, we also welcomed extraordinary vision board submissions by many of our BOSS members. A special thank you to Kimberly Leonard Jackson ’99 who has served as our moderator for the past 15 years, Fr. Paul Kalenzi SJ and Ms. Cheri Smith, BOSS moderators and Gerald S. McCarthy ’80, Tolton Society Chair.

BOSS/Tolton Meet & Greet 2020

On September 23, 2020, BOSS – Black Organization of Successful Students – hosted a Meet and Greet for incoming African American students and their parents. The hybrid event (freshmen attended in person; other students, parents and alumni were online) was co-hosted with the Tolton Society. After an opening prayer by Fr. Paul Kalenzi SJ, President John Chandler welcomed the newest members of BOSS. He challenged the students to be ready to speak up, to be agents of change and strive for the Magis, the greater. The BOSS executives then presented the club; they highlighted its mission of service and goals for the year. We also heard from Malik Murray ’92 who spoke of the Tolton Society which is committed to providing resources and connections to BOSS students and their families. Everyone was awed by the presentation from Jeremy Atuobi ’17, a former BOSS co-chair who is now studying Engineering at the University of Michigan. With his contemporary, David Moore, Jeremy spoke of his experiences at BOSS and how Saint Ignatius had shaped and empowered them. Finally, Principal Brianna Latko graciously welcomed the incoming freshmen; she commended the BOSS leaders past and present, and encouraged continued open conversations. We are grateful to all who were able to join us, including Kitty Hooper ’87, our Diversity Coordinator, and many faculty and staff of Saint Ignatius. A special thank you to the BOSS executives who organized the event. We all look forward to future BOSS/Tolton events even when we cannot meet in person.

Mass of the Holy Sprit 09.04.2020

Sultan Lugboso ’21, gave the readings at The Mass of the Holy Spirit today as we officially welcomed John Chandler as the 31st President of Saint Ignatius College Prep.

Young Tolton Society Inaugural 12.20.19

With the leadership of Jeremy Atoubi '17 and David Moore '17 the Young Tolton Society held its inaugural event on Friday, December 20th at the Tony Fornelli '51 Alumni Lounge.  
Over 65 African American young alums gathered to reconnect and to learn about The Tolton Society as well as to find our ways to stay involved with Saint Ignatius. 
In addition to Jeremy and David, our Tolton Society leadership also spoke including Gerald McCarthy '80, Erin Toole Williams '87, Malik Murray '92 and Christine Riley '93. Newly named President, John Chandler spoke to the attendees with a positive and uplifting message. 

Tolton Society / BOSS College Panel 10.23.19

The newly renamed Tolton Society joined with BOSS members and hosted the annual College Panel on Wednesday, October 23rd.  This was an informative and significant event for all of our students of color and their families.  Jawann Pollard, Dir. Of College Persistence and Success at The Academy Group, was one of our featured speakers along with Keith Lewis, Dir. Of Community Relations at UIC.  In addition, we also welcomed back Lori Lypson ’93, Ayana Davis ’16, Christopher Koonce ’97, Arthur Reliford ’92 and our moderator, Kimberly Leonard Jackson ’99 as our Alumni Panel.  A special thanks to BOSS moderators, Cheri Smith and Fr. Paul Kalenzi, SJ.  All were treated to a fantastic buffet dinner following the Vision Boards presented by BOSS students.

BOSS Welcome Back Cookout 9.06.19

The annual BOSS/Tolton Society back to school cookout was held on Friday, September 6th at The Alumni Lounge.
BOSS students, their families and many alums gathered together to celebrate good food, great friendships and abundant fun!

Tolton Icon Blessing 8.30.19

Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago celebrated at the mass for our first Ignatian Value Days of our Sesquicentennial school year on Friday, August 30, 2019. Bishop Perry gave some reflections on the rich history of The Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton and the context of his ministry in Chicago around the time Fr. Arnold Damen, SJ, and his companions were in their first years at 1076 Roosevelt Road. Bishop Perry then blessed two icons of The Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton that will hang prominently in the school.

Bud Billiken Parade 8.10.19

The school community had a great turn out as we marched in the Bud Billiken Parade last month. The event helped celebrate the cultural diversity that has always been present at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Click here to see the photo gallery from Phillip Sutton '78.
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