TyJuan J. Cratic - President



TyJuan James Cratic was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended John Hope College Prep, De La Salle Institute and earned his B.A. degree in Political Science at Southern Illinois University.
While in college, TyJuan restarted the SIU College Democrats chapter. As President, the SIUC College Democrats hosted the "Debate for the South", the only democratic senate debate in Southern Illinois that featured Barack Obama and Dan Hynes.
 
At SIU he was appointed to the SIU Student Health Advisory Board, TyJuan, spent three years on this committee working to established domestic partner benefits for students and university employees. In serving three years in the student Senate, he served on the university's mass transit committee and was appointed to the city of Carbondale's Human Relations Committee.
 
TyJuan also served on the Southern Illinois Advisory Board of the Department of Children and Family Services. While serving on the board he made recommendations that made financial education a cornerstone of children that were in the care of the state. 
TyJuan also served on the Southern Illinois Advisory Board of the Department of Children and Family Services. While serving on the board he made recommendations that made financial education a cornerstone of children that were in the care of the state.

After SIU's former Chancellor made condemning comments about homosexuality, he was appointed to represent undergraduate students on the Provost LGBT Adhoc Committee. As the only undergraduate student on this committee he found it important to hold the university to the fire to change outdated policies. TyJuan was a part of recommending a change in university policies that blocked same‐sex couples as live‐in resident hall directors and having no hate crime reporting after a several hate crime situations occurred on campus. One of the recommendations TyJuan was truly proud of was paving the way for the SIU LGBT Recourse Center. 

After SIU's former Chancellor made condemning comments about homosexuality, he was appointed to represent undergraduate students on the Provost GLBT Adhoc Committee. As the only undergraduate student on this committee he found it important to hold the university to the fire to change outdated policies. TyJuan was a part of recommending a change in university policies that blocked same‐sex couples as live‐in resident hall directors and having no hate crime reporting after a several hate crime situations occurred on campus. One of the recommendations TyJuan was truly proud of was paving the way for the SIU GLBT Recourse Center

In 2007, he served his first year with the organization as Vice President of Political Affairs of the Illinois Federation of College Democrats. He brought the organization to fight for two political issues in Illinois; civil unions and lowering textbook cost for college students.
On April 5, he was been elected President of the Illinois Federation of College Democrats. He made the Higher Education Revolving Loan Program, civil unions and lowering the cost of the textbooks one of the top legislative and political issues of his term. One of his most respected accomplishments was establishing the IFCD in Illinois as a Political Action Committee. This status allowed the organization to raise money for local candidates and establish political weight. TyJuan created one central statewide website that brought college democrat chapter together in communication.

In June of 2008, TyJuan was awarded the 30 Under 30 Award, by Chicago's Windy City Times Media Group. An honor that he was truly grateful to have received.
TyJuan, in April of 2009, ended his term as President of the statewide college democrats of Illinois, the Illinois Federation of College Democrats and as Chair of the College Democrats of American GLBT Caucus. He will be graduating from Southern Illinois University in December of 2009.
In June of 2008, TyJuan was awarded the 30 Under 30 Award, by Chicago's Windy City Times Media Group, an honor that he was truly grateful to have received.

 In April of 2009, TyJuan ended his terms as President the Illinois Federation of College Democrats and Chair of the College Democrats of American GLBT Caucus. 

In October 2009, TyJuan took the position as Media Coordinator for the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Debate. He created and maintained a database of print, television and radio media in Southern Illinois.  He wrote and distributed press releases for tradition and new media outlets and coordinated articles and interviews by regional media markets. He also created numerous new media resources for public relation purposes, organized press conferences and coordinated messaging for the media.  It was a successful debate between the Democratic candidates on January  19, 2010. 

TyJuan was the Field Director for John Barrow for Congress in Georgia's 12th district and worked as the District Canvass Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on behalf of Betty Sutton in Ohio 's 13th district.  Both campaigns were democratic wins in during the titlewave of the 2010 midterm elections.

TyJuan Cratic is currently the President of Cratic & Associates.