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University News | 09.15.20

Adler University Announces New Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Adler University is expanding its Office for Diversity and Inclusion with additional staffing and resources to form the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. The Center will lead efforts to create an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community that supports the success of students, faculty, and staff across Adler University’s Chicago, Vancouver, and Online campuses.

In July 2019, Tamara Johnson, Ph.D., joined Adler University as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Melissa Moore, M.S.Ed., joined the Office soon after as Program Manager for Diversity and Inclusion. Together, they have developed a three-year strategic plan for the Center that focuses on three overarching strategies: fostering an inclusive campus climate, enhancing training and educational opportunities, and recruiting and retaining a diverse student body and workforce.

“I sincerely appreciate the staff, students, faculty, and others in our community who have taken the time to help me gain a comprehensive understanding of Adler University’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities,” Johnson said.

The Center helps supports Adler University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and plays a key role in the University’s ongoing work to dismantle structural racism.

“This is a time for us to move with urgency and intentionality to actively fight against injustice and persisting inequities—not only within our local communities, but also within Adler University,” Johnson said. “I am honored to work with students and colleagues who are invested in doing the hard work required to truly live our social justice mission.”

Adler University is grateful to Johnson and Moore for bringing their leadership and vision to our institution and collaborating with our community to help Adler University live up to its fullest potential.

Learn more about the Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s accomplishments and plans.

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