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Congressman Brad Schneider Speaks to Social Studies Students

On Tuesday, March 22, Congressman Brad Schneider, representative of Illinois’ 10th district, visited Loyola Academy to speak with social studies classes about the ongoing war in Ukraine and what it is like to serve in Congress as a member of the House Foreign Affairs committee. He provided students with unique insights and background of the military conflict.
“When the war broke out in Ukraine, a number of faculty and staff were looking for ways to inform our community (both students and colleagues) about the crisis,” said Social Studies Department Chair Mr. Chris Masello. Masello was able to secure an in-school visit from the congressman after reaching out to members of the Loyola Academy community.

This visit comes at a time of great economic and geopolitical tension. Over the last month, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drawn ire from around the world. Many NATO allies have enforced harsh sanctions on Russia’s economy in an effort to diminish its ability to wage war.

In a statement, Congressman Schneider has condemned the invasion of Ukraine stating, “It is imperative for the U.S. to resolutely lead with our allies in preserving the united response to Putin’s war. We must stand together to support the people of Ukraine and also work in unison to mitigate the impact Putin’s illegal aggression will have on the global economy.”

At his March visit to Loyola, the congressman discussed the complexities of the ongoing conflict with students in the U.S. & Comparative Government and Modern Global Issues classes. “While the Ukraine war provided the initial impetus for arranging his visit, the students were interested in hearing his broader perspective about how our government operates,” said Masello. The congressman also fielded questions about a variety of topics in government.

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