Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicago Assembly

The Columbia College Chicago Assembly is an information sharing body, a think tank, empowering the college community through knowledge, dialogue and counsel.  The Assembly provides opportunities for a shared voice on significant issues, both internal and external, that have impact on the College.  The College Assembly will consist, at a minimum, of one presentation followed by an in-depth, lively discussion of the topic.  All attendees will be encouraged to participate in the conversation in an effort to reach mutual understanding.

Next Assembly

April 19, 2015
11:00-12:00 noon
33 E Congress Pkwy, Room 101

Security at Our College

Your Experience, Concerns and Potential Solutions

Mr. Ron Sodini, Associate Vice President for Safety and Security, comes to us with over 28 years of experience with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and extensive experience in policing educational environments. In his time with the CPD, he served as the commander of a district that included 32 schools and college campuses. This experience had him working in close partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he worked with the University’s Chief of Security to ensure the safety and security of that campus community. He has also, throughout his career, developed strong relationships with diverse groups to solve problems and create safe communities which has led to community relationships flourishing with crime significantly decreasing.

Mr. Sodini’s professional experience in higher education is not limited only to protecting college campuses. He has taught at Lewis and DePaul University in Criminal Justice and Sociology and has guest lectured frequently on policing. He is passionate about applying his skills, which include a J.D. form the Loyola University School of Law, to support higher education. He is committed to working with our students, staff, faculty and the administration to improve the safety and security program at Columbia College Chicago.

Have a topic you want Columbia to discuss? Fill out this form and let the Presiding Committee know about it.

Presiding Committee

The Presiding Committee of the Assembly represents the constituencies of the Columbia College Chicago community, and is responsible for planning, executing and moderating each Assembly as well as disseminating information to the college community. Assemblies may result in recommendations to the College Administration concerning policy and procedure, if deemed appropriate by the Presiding Committee.


Assembly Guidelines


The Assembly was approved as the successor to the former College Council by a vote at the final Council meeting on October 7, 2011.  The academic functions and tasks of the Council were assumed by the Faculty Senate.