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Global Interfaith Activist Eboo Patel
 to Address Adler School Graduates 
 at Chicago Commencement 09.09.13
Global Interfaith Activist Eboo Patel
to Address Adler School Graduates
at Chicago Commencement

The Adler School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce that Eboo Patel, Ph.D., renowned founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core, and a member of President Barack Obama's inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships, will address the graduates at the School’s 2013 Commencement ceremonies in Chicago.

Commencement will take place at 11 a.m., Oct. 20, at the Chicago Theatre.  Adler School President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., will present Dr. Patel with an honorary doctorate from the School for his work to promote social justice and social change through his activism and writing. Following the presentation, Dr. Crossman will confer degrees to the Class of 2013 graduates as faculty present the graduates with their new academic hoods.

A Glen Ellyn (Illinois) native, Dr. Patel taught at an alternative education program for high school dropouts in Chicago after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Inspired in part by Dorothy Day’s Catholic Worker movement, he founded a cooperative living community for activists and artists in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. As an activist, Dr. Patel reports, he felt that diversity, service, and faith were important parts of civic life—but he found no community organization that touched on all three, especially none working with young people. 

In response, Dr. Patel founded Interfaith Youth Core in 2002 while completing his doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University. Today, the Chicago-based organization has worked with more than 200 college campuses and in five continents to build the global interfaith youth movement and establish interfaith cooperation as a social norm.

A regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, and CNN, Dr. Patel has spoken for TED, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and college and university campuses across the country. He was named by US News and World Report as a 2009 “America’s Best Leader,” and has been recognized with numerous awards including the 2012 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize.  

Dr. Patel is also the author of the award-winning book Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. In the book, Dr. Patel notes in the book that he became interested in religious diversity in college when he noticed that conversations around multiculturalism and multiple identities did not involve religious identity. His recent book Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America argues that pluralism is at the heart of the American project in which difference enriches rather than threatens cooperation.  

Dr. Patel holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship..

About the Adler School

The Adler School of Professional Psychology has provided quality education through a scholar/practitioner model for more than 60 years. The School’s mission is to train socially responsible graduates who continue the visionary work of Alfred Adler throughout the world. The Adler School offers graduate-level programs enrolling more than 1,000 students at its campuses in Chicago and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online.


Kim McCullough
Director of Communications
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