Collegiate Scholars Youth-Led Symposium

High school students gather to discuss causes and solutions to youth violence

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  • Aklina Basic, a student at Whitney Young, speaks to a group at the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Aklina Basic, a student at Whitney Young, speaks to a group at the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Vershawn Sanders, Manager of Student Enrichment with the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program introduces the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Vershawn Sanders, Manager of Student Enrichment with the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program introduces the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Uprooting the War From Within

    Eduardo Bocanegra, the main speaker at the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium talks to students at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Jayda Franklin, a student at Gary Coleman College Prep, speaks with Jonathan Lykes, a graduate student at the SSA, during the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Daniel Sanchez, a student at Taft High School, listens to Jayda Franklin, a student at Gary Coleman College Prep, during the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013..

  • Anna Travis, a student at King College Prep, laughs with fellow students during the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Anna Travis, a student at King College Prep, laughs with fellow students during the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Ajlina Basic, a student at Whitney Young listens to Chelsea James a student at Lindblom, speaks about identity during the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Ajlina Basic, a student at Whitney Young listens to Chelsea James a student at Lindblom, speaks about identity during the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Chelsea James, a student at Lindblom, asks a question during "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Chelsea James, a student at Lindblom, asks a question during “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Jason Roberts, a collegiate Scholar and Urban Prep Senior introduces the main speaker at the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within


    Jason Roberts, a collegiate Scholar and Urban Prep Senior introduces the main speaker at the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Marcus Moore, leading a discussion at the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Marcus Moore, leading a discussion at the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Jayda Franklin, a student at Gary Coleman College Prep, speaks with Jonathan Lykes, a graduate student at the SSA, during the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Jayda Franklin, a student at Gary Coleman College Prep, speaks with Jonathan Lykes, a graduate student at the SSA, during the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

  • Shango Johnson and Andre Thomas, from CeaseFire talk before the final discussion at the "Uprooting the War From Within" Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

    Uprooting the War From Within

    Shango Johnson and Andre Thomas, from CeaseFire talk before the final discussion at the “Uprooting the War From Within” Symposium at the University of Chicago on Saturday, March 23, 2013.


About 60 Chicago high school students gathered on the University of Chicago campus in late March to discuss their thoughts on the major causes of youth violence in the city and ideas on how to curtail it.  The “Uprooting the War from Within” symposium drew representatives from CeaseFire Illinois and students from area high schools.

The University’s Collegiate Scholars Program hosted the youth-led symposium at Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Biological Sciences Learning Center on March 23, 2013.