Brother Edmund Siderewicz, FSC will receive the Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice on Thursday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater at Christian Brothers University (CBU), with a reception immediately following in Deal Plaza.
After teaching for eight years in Guatemala, Siderewicz returned to the U.S. with a dream of continuing the Lasallian tradition of providing “a human and Christian education” for children of inner-city Chicago. This dream became reality in 1995 when he co-founded the first San Miguel School in Chicago. A second campus was established in the Austin neighborhood in 2002. Today the San Miguel Schools serve over 350 middle-school and high school youth in Chicago’s most challenged neighborhoods.
The early success of the San Miguel Schools Chicago attracted the attention of Chicago Public Schools, and Siderewicz was invited to apply for the Renaissance 2010 program to open new charter and contract schools. These K-8 values-based schools also serve to transform inner-city communities by developing highly educated, concerned, and committed citizens of character who understand their role as agents of change within the community. All four schools are a part of the NativityMiguel Network, a nationwide movement of 64 schools, working to improve inner-city education throughout the nation.
Siderewicz has a M.A. in Educational Administration, a M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in mathematics from Christian Brothers University, and is an Executive Scholar from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.? Siderewicz serves on the Board of Directors for the NativityMiguel Network of Schools, on the provincial council for the Midwest District of Christian Brothers, and on the Board of Trustees for Lewis University.
Brother Ed is being honored for his commitment to justice, service to the poor and marginalized and dedication to providing the youth of the world “a human and Christian education.” The Dozier Award for Peace and Justice is named for Bishop Carroll T. Dozier, the first Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Memphis and a leader in race relations, peace and justice. Bishop Dozier served as Bishop of Memphis from 1971-1982. This event is free and open to the public. ###