Chico Tillmon

Executive Director of the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy

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Chico Tillmon, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Leadership Academy. The CVI Leadership Academy is the first CVI training program designed to elevate the leadership capacity of leaders who oversee community-based organizations, offices of violence prevention,  hospital violence intervention, and other components of the CVI ecosystem working tirelessly to quell violence in vulnerable communities. Chico joined the Crime Lab after working at Heartland Alliance as the Executive Director of READI National Center for Safer Communities, a national technical assistance provider that provides capacity building and training for cities and communities throughout the United States. The READI model utilizes employment combined with cognitive behavioral therapy, skill-building, and other support to those at the highest risk of becoming involved in gun violence. Tillmon is also a violence-prevention expert who serves on the leadership team of the Black and Brown Peace Consortium, the collaborative that led the Fund Peace initiative. The former executive director of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s Youth Safety and Violence Prevention programs, he is a leading national consultant and training and technical assistance provider on violence prevention, reentry, and non-profits.

System impacted, Dr. Tillmon came home with the purpose of trying to change his community in a positive way. He works with youth, young adults, and direct service providers in marginalized areas to help them hone their professional skills and improve their work performance, and has worked over a decade in violence prevention, mental health, and re-entry. He was recognized as the 2022 Alumnus of the year by the University of Illinois at Chicago Criminology, Law, and Justice department. In 2021, Dr. Tillmon was recognized by President Biden for his national violence prevention work and invited to the White House. Also, he is also the recipient of the 2018 Congressional Veterans Braintrust Award and the 2017 Ford Men of Courage Award for his work in Chicago’s most vulnerable communities. He was named the Practitioner of the Year in 2016 by the University of Illinois at Chicago Criminology, Law, and Justice Department.

 

Chico’s Resources
Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy Brief
Overview

Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy Brief

May 2024

Learn more about the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy in this brief.

Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy Week in Washington, D.C.
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Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy Week in Washington, D.C.

Feb 2024

View highlights from the Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy’s week in Washington, D.C. in February 2024 including capstone presentations, meeting with policymakers, and the graduation event at the White House with Vice President Kamala Harris.

CVILA Immersive Lab in Oakland, California
Video

CVILA Immersive Lab in Oakland, California

Feb 2024

Watch a recap of the CVILA Immersive Lab in Oakland, California.

2024 Video: Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) Inaugural Cohort
Video

2024 Video: Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) Inaugural Cohort

Feb 2024

Watch our latest video about the inaugural cohort of the CVILA.

Chico’s Projects
CVI Leadership Academy
CURRENT

CVI Leadership Academy

The Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) was established to develop the CVI sector by providing aspiring CVI leaders with the skills necessary to tackle leadership obstacles throughout their careers.

Community Safety Leadership Academies
CURRENT

Community Safety Leadership Academies

The Community Safety Leadership Academies, composed of the Policing Leadership Academy and Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy, aim to educate police and community violence intervention leaders.

Latest Updates

VP Kamala Harris Acknowledges Historic Graduation of UChicago’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy’s Inaugural Cohort at White House Ceremony
Press Release
UChicago Crime Lab
Feb 2024

VP Kamala Harris Acknowledges Historic Graduation of UChicago’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy’s Inaugural Cohort at White House Ceremony

VP Kamala Harris Recognizes End of Community Violence Awareness Week and Acknowledges the Historic Graduation of Pioneering CVI Leadership Academy’s Inaugural Cohort at White House Ceremony.

Community violence intervention (CVI) leaders from 21 cities will now leverage lessons of six-month education program to prevent and reduce gun violence and save lives.

Newly formed White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention hosts graduation event, highlights Biden-Harris Administration’s historic investments in CVI.

A New Way To Address Gun Violence You’ve Never Heard Of | Opinion
Op-Ed
Newsweek
Feb 2024

A New Way To Address Gun Violence You’ve Never Heard Of | Opinion

Former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Charlie Beck, Crime Lab Faculty Director Jens Ludwig, and CVILA Executive Director Dr. Chico Tillmon penned this Newsweek op-ed on the importance of raising awareness about community violence interventions and how they can be used to continue the gun violence reduction trends we saw in 2023.

Vice President Kamala Harris Recognizes the CVILA at White House Ceremony
Event
White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention
Feb 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris Recognizes the CVILA at White House Ceremony

On February 9, 2024 Vice President Kamala Harris recognized the work of the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy (CVILA) at an event that will acknowledged the accomplishments of its inaugural cohort at the White House.