Envision a society in which all  
communities benefit from key rights,  
resources, and opportunities.

Envision a society in which all
communities benefit from key rights,
resources, and opportunities.


Adler University's Institute on Social Exclusion provides education, research, and tools to take action in removing structural barriers that create unfair social outcomes, or social exclusion. Our work takes place in partnership with communities, policymakers, academics and students.

What is social exclusion? We define it as the laws, policies, decisions, institutional behaviors and structures that serve to systemically exclude entire communities of people from rights, opportunities, and resources that are available to most other people in society. It means, for example, systems that exclude certain groups of people from easy access to equitable housing, employment, health care, civic engagement, democratic participation, and due process.

Our work and outcomes include:

  • Projects with communities, funders, and policymakers to address social exclusion and inequities. We complete health impact assessment, build coalitions, provide strategies that sustain social inclusion and equities, and more.
  • The Social Exclusion Simulation, workshops, presentations, and other education that creates understanding and awareness of social exclusion, its hurtful impact on communities and society—and how it can be addressed.
  • Skill-building tools and guidance to help others create systemic change
  • Opportunities for graduate students to gain practicum, research, publication, community education and other experience.

Our work is possible through generous support from partners who share our vision for social justice and equity, including:

  • The American Psychological Association
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • The Field Foundation of Illinois
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Pierce Family Foundation
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Spencer Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, SAMHSA
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • JCCC Foundation

Our vision is to galvanize the world in understanding that social exclusion is real—and to collaborate in creating systemic change that supports social justice and equity.