For more than thirty years, as a consultant, trainer, training designer, and ordained minister, Rev. Patricia Novick has focused on issues of social justice, diversity, health, and the environment. She holds doctoral degrees in clinical psychology and in ministry, as well as master’s degrees in sociology and divinity.
She is currently a leader in the Bronzeville/Pilsen Augment Reality Project, a community-based project to develop a mobile phone “app” using emerging technologies that highlights the positive cultural, historical, artistic, and natural resources within those minority communities (one largely African American and the other largely Latinx). She is a founding trainer at the Multicultural Leadership Academy, a nine-month program that builds understanding and collaboration among Latino and African American leaders. She designed and led the Unity Dinners project, through which Latino and African American community members met together over meals to learn more about each other. That project is depicted in a documentary film that has aired on public television stations.
She was the lead consultant on a project to support Hispanic immigrants in becoming engaged members of their communities through training in community organizing, leadership, and advocacy skills, and she designed, presented, and administered a three-year program to teach immigrant parents and their children (ages two to 18) about leadership, healthy living, and self-care strategies.
She designed and administered the first degree-granting holistic health program in the United States, at DePaul University. The self-care wellness program she designed has been taught to more than ten thousand people in the United States and other countries. For three years she served as the convener of the Advisory Council on Health Professions at the Fetzer Institute, providing guidance on projects that foster awareness of how love and forgiveness can transform the delivery of health services.
Dr. Novick was the first director of corporate social responsibility at McDonald’s Corporation, and she later served as a consultant and training designer on issues of social responsibility at organizations that include Levi Strauss, Foremost-McKesson, and Stanford University.
During her tenure as a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Study of World Religions, she led the creation of an educational exhibit, “Art and Healing,” featuring healing-related art from 11 faith traditions. The exhibit was displayed at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona and subsequently presented in hospitals throughout the United States. As part of a multi-faith team, she created and led the “Reclaiming Spirituality” project, presenting social-justice-related workshops to more than 1,000 persons in a variety of congregations (Baha’i, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim). She also created the exhibit, “Pioneers of Social Justice,” honoring Chicago women who changed social norms.
Dr. Novick has been a research fellow at Loyola, De Paul, Harvard, and the Field Museum. Her more than 50 consulting clients have included the Latino Policy Forum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, the Field Museum, Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition, Erie Neighborhood House, Hirschbach Trucking, Lutheran General Healthcare, Chicago Commons, and the Allied Healthcare Career Network