Chicago State University


Troy D. Harden, Ed.D., LCSW

Dr. Troy D. Harden currently serves as an Assistant Professor within Chicago State University’s Master of Social Work Program, specializing in urban youth and community interventions, and has implemented several projects to address community issues, including the Truth n’ Trauma Project, an youth advocacy project designed to address exposure to violence; Full Circle, designed to address violence among street organization affiliated youth, and Project MENTOR, an urban health mentoring program.  The co-director of the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement, he has over 25 years experience serving and consulting in social service, school, and community settings.  He has worked as a clinician, administrator, educator, and activist concerning community issues in diverse settings.  He is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago’s Master of Social Work program, and received his doctorate from DePaul University’s School of Education.

Dr. Michael Edwards

Dr. Michael C. Edwards is the former Chairperson and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Chicago State University. He now serves as Co-Director of the Institute for youth and Community Engagement. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. and has a Masters and a Doctorate in Psychology and Human Development from Harvard University. Dr. Edwards’ work focuses on the empowerment of inner city African American youth, their families and their communities.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith attended Whitney Young Magnet High School, Florida A&M University, and Chicago State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and took graduate courses in community and economic development. Nick also completed higher education administration graduate coursework and studied law at Northern Illinois University.

Nick Smith is employed full time at Chicago State University as Faculty/Community Coordinator for the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement (IYCE). Recently, He served as legislative aide for the Committee on Transportation and the Public Way chaired by 9th Ward Alderman Anthony Beale.  Prior to this Nick served as Investigator for the Committee on Budget and Government Operations chaired by 34th Ward Alderman Carrie Austin. For five years he worked at Chicago State University as an undergraduate, graduate, and College of Pharmacy recruiter and counselor.

Danton Floyd

Danton Floyd is a youth worker/organizer and socio-emotional counselor throughout Chicago, IL.  He works with youth in community, psychiatric institutions, higher education, and primary and secondary school based settings. He received his Masters degree from University of Illinois at Chicago in Education Psychology (Youth Development). He also works with Black males in analyzing their identity as a catalyst for organizing and social change. Danton incorporates trauma informed and restorative practices as a tool to create cultures of youth/adult partnerships as a foundation for intergenerational organizing.

Tamiko Lofton

Tamiko is currently a Master of Social Work student here at Chicago State University and a Graduate Assistant with the Institute for Youth and Community Engagement. CSU is my second home. I’ve worked, interned and completed my undergraduate studies here at this wonderful university. My passion is helping others in all capacities.