Past Events

Meeting public safety challenges 
with socially just solutions.

Meeting public safety challenges
with socially just solutions.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  • Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment Launch (+)

    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Chicago Campus, Commuity Hall

    Please join us for the launch of the "Juvenile Justice Needs Assessment." At this event we highlight and discuss the recommendations from the study that focus on how to increase the success of our court involved kids. Presented by: The Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice at Adler University, The Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation at Roosevelt University, and Cook County Justice for Children.F

    Our esteemed panel members include: Leonard Dixon, Superintendent Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center; Jonathan Greener, Juvenile Justice Program Development Coordinator Urban Life Skills; Karen F. Kelly, Deputy Chief Probation Officer Chicago West Division; Avik Das, Esq.Deputy Director (Acting Director) Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services.


  • Thursday, March 12, 2015

  • Art Crimes and Democratic Therapy (+)

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Chicago Campus, Rm 15-104


    As part of the IPSSJ Social Justice Series, join guest speaker Brit Schulte, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She will speak about graffiti as art therapy and street art as political resistance in urban craft. Feel free to bring your lunch.

  • Thursday, February 19, 2015

  • How to Spot a Fascist (+)

    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Chicago Campus, Rm 15-104

    In this event, hosted by the Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice, our speakers will look at the relationship between psychology and marxism and its political importance for us today. They will look at the role of desire, authoritarianism, and group psychology plays in establishing and sustaining political forms of fascism in the contemporary world. Guest speakers are James Murphy and Joe Weiss, both from DePaul University.

  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

  • Social Exclusion Simulation (+)

    9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Chicago Campus

    The Social Exclusion Simulation is a group experiential learning tool for increasing understanding of complex systems and how the structural barriers that comprise them work to block access to key rights, resources and opportunities for some members of society, rendering them “socially excluded.”

    2.5 C.E.U.’s will be offered to psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and interested non-psychologists. Please indicate this on your reservation request.

    Participants include students, faculty and staff of the Adler School, members of the greater Chicagoland community, anyone interested in learning more about social exclusion. Participants adopt authentic Chicago-based case histories of formerly incarcerated women and are tasked with re-entering society – finding a place to live, a job, healthcare and other necessities – in the face of structural and systemic barriers.

    Participant outcomes include:

    • An increased understanding of what structural and systemic barriers are and how they work to undermine opportunity and access.
    • Increased appreciation of practical limits of personal responsibility, agency, and choice.
    • Increased motivation to adopt attitudinal and behavioral changes in pursuit of social change.
    • Increased empathy for other marginalized groups.
    • Apprehend the shock and disappointment about roadblocks of re-entry.

    To register and for more information about the Social Exclusion Simulation, contact the Institute on Social Exclusion at

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