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Meeting public safety challenges 
with socially just solutions.

Meeting public safety challenges
with socially just solutions.

About Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice

The purpose of Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) is to meet public safety challenges with socially just solutions. We work with community groups and peer institutions to address public safety challenges and design unique partnerships. IPSSJ develops empirically sound methods that extend beyond mere suppression, facilitating environments where wellness and peace can thrive. By engaging all stakeholders, we believe we can improve communities, thereby improving urban safety outcomes. Learn more about our Areas of Focus.

Instead of focusing on safety strategies that isolate and confine, we develop transformative alternatives designed to restore communities to optimal functionality. IPSSJ seeks to shift the conversation about public safety to modern, effective solutions that strengthen communities and encourage accountability. We believe real safety is the result of societal systems that promote self-reliance, interdependence, and vibrant communities.

Institutes + Centers: Our Commitment to Social Change

Adler University pursues social change through service to communities—especially to underrepresented populations—and the Institutes + Centers.

The University differs from traditional higher education institutions; graduating practitioners imbued with social responsibility and building new models for engaging communities in social change. This work is done by addressing the systemic issues which underlie health outcomes and make traditional community service necessary. In conjunction with our innovative educational and training models, the Institutes + Centers encourage students, faculty, and community partners in multiple disciplines and areas to transcend established approaches to wellness, in pursuit of socially just solutions.

Contact IPSSJ

For questions about the work of Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice or partnership opportunities, email IPSSJ.