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 Human Sciences

Benita Hunter
Department Chair
The Mission of the Human Sciences Department is to prepare students for careers that contribute to the greater welfare of society, as well as their own personal growth and development. The department is committed to providing optimal instruction and learning experiences to instill the following skills within its students:
  • ​Commit to the practice of integrity and high ethical standards. 
  • Manifest competence in require theories, concepts and applications. 
  • Develop objectivity and empathy towards the client population.
  • Promote advocacy for diverse populations in the public sector. Develop critical thinking skills and habits. Adhere to the practice of life-long learning.
The Human Sciences Department is comprised of three unique programs, each with different accreditations. Addictions Studies, Child Development and Social Service.  The Child Development Program is accredited by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Addictions Studies/Social Service program is accredited by the Illinois Certification Board.        

Students enrolled in programs in the Human Sciences Department are required to complete a field experience/practicum hours. Students enrolled in these programs may be required to submit to a background check and/or health physical (TB test) by the facility. Background checks and health physicals (TB test) are usually current for one full calendar year, and the cost of these requirements is primarily the student’s responsibility. You must follow the guidelines for background check and health physicals. If a student has an adverse background, he/she must consider the impact of this factor on his or her completion of Human Sciences Programs and/or future employment opportunities. Please consult the Program Coordinator for your respective program if you have any additional concerns.       


IMPORTANT FACT: KKC has a Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW). The NABSW is comprised of people of African ancestry, and is committed to enhancing the quality of life and empowering people of African ancestry through advocacy, human services delivery, and research. The mission of the NABSW is to work to create a world in which people of African ancestry will live free from racial domination, economic exploitation, and cultural oppression. In collaboration with national, international, and other appropriate groups, the NABSW will continue to leverage its collective expertise to strategically develop capacity of people of African ancestry to sustain and flourish. The NABSW's vision is guided by the principles of the NGUZO Saba -  Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith, as well as the seven cardinal virtues of Ma'at, - Right, Truth, Justice, Order, Reciprocity, Balance, and Harmony.  


Documentation Requirements for Human Sciences Students:         

 All students participating in a field experience/practicum opportunity maybe required to complete the following:         

  • Background Check (Please follow the facility’s guidelines. The background check is usually valid for at least one calendar year.)
  • Physical/ TB Test. The health physical is usually valid for at least one calendar year.)
  • The assigned Program Coordinator, or Chairperson’s signature is required for enrollment in any Practicum course.
  • The Chairperson’s and/or Program Coordinator’s signature, and approval is required to enroll in any courses concurrently.
  • If a student is enrolling in a Practicum course, and/or seeking advanced standing in any Human Sciences Department Program, he or she must establish residency. The last 15 credit hours of core coursework must be completed in a Program offered by the Kennedy-King College Human Sciences Department, prior to enrollment in any advanced courses.
  • If you have a Undergraduate or Graduate Degree in  Social Work, Psychology, or Criminal Justice; you may obtain Advanced standing and have the 2 years work experience waived (unofficial transcripts must be submitted and approved by Program Coordinator).  
  • All course and Program guidelines will be reviewed by course instructors at the start of each semester.



Faculty & Staff

​Faculty ​ ​ ​
Benita Hunter​  (773) 487-6925 Y-135​
Susan Buckner ​(773) 487-6918 ​Y-131
​Paul Everett​ (773) 487-6924​​ ​Y-136
Jacqueline Graham-Sylvestal (773) 602-5338​ ​Y-136
Alishia Atkins (773) 602-5072 ​Y-138
Dr. Celeste McGill​ (773) 602-5339 Y-137
Yolanda Simmons (773) 602-5337​​
​Jerrard Walker (773) 602-5351  ​ ​Y-133
Staff​ ​ ​ ​
​Victoria Lester   ​(773) 602-5351

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Chicago , IL 60621
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