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Vickie R. Sides


Adjunct Instructor

Programs/Classes Taught:

HSC102 Introduction to Applied Group Process

HSM 508 Research Evaluation and Methodology

HSC 102 Intro to Applied Group Process

LAP 506 Advanced Human Development

Areas of Expertise:

Women and Violence

College Success

Human Development

Family Life Education


Vickie R. Sides is originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan and has lived in Chicagoland most of her life.

She is the past Associate Director of Racial Justice and Activism at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. Vickie currently serves as Director of Resources for Sexual Violence Prevention, a campus anti-violence program at the University of Chicago. Additionally, she has worked with Adult Education students at City Colleges to address barriers to retention in their educational pursuits.

Vickie has spent the last twenty years working in various social justice movements, including the movement to end violence against women. She is dedicated to using education to advance an understanding of the connections between inequality and violence as central to that work.

As an educator, she is committed to educating for social justice and to being active in movements for equality in both her professional and personal life.

Vickie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Chicago State University. In addition, she holds a Master’s degree in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and Human Development from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. 


City Colleges Chicago (CCC)

College Success Teaching Certification, May 2012, May 2013, May 2014, May 2015, December 2015


DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

M. A., Social and Cultural Studies in Education /Human Development, June 2004


John Marshall Law School, Chicago IL.

Certificate, Law Program for Community Developers /Social Workers, June 1998


Chicago State University, Chicago, IL.

B.A. Psychology, June 1994

Research and Interests:

  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Gender and Violence
  • College Student Retention and Success

Teaching Philosophy: 

I am particularly attuned to students’ ability to navigate higher education successfully as women, as students of color, as LGBT students, as immigrants or the children of immigrant parents, and as first generation college students, whether they do so as a member of a single group or as a student with multiple identities. I am committed to creating spaces within the classrooms of higher learning institutions to ensure students can learn and grow in safety.

Contact Information:

Mobile – 708.269.1169

Email –


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