Our health resides in our community life and connections.
RAYMOND E. CROSSMAN, PH.D., PRESIDENT
We welcome you to Adler University with a single word that describes the teachings and practice of Alfred Adler’s groundbreaking concept of social interest:
Translated, it means our health resides within our community life and connections. It is an idea that demands action that is needed now, more than ever. To shine a light on injustice and drive the work that leads to much needed change in some of our most challenged communities. Our mission is to prepare practitioners to address the world’s alarming health inequities and social injustices. Adler University puts boots on the ground where they are needed most – as scholars, activists, practitioners, and mentors. Adlerian practitioners bring needed change to the communities they call home.
The staff and faculty at Adler are here because we are true believers, in both our mission and in our students. And the proof of our belief is evident around the world. In fact, right now, across multiple disciplines and in fields that impact population and community wellbeing, our instructors are changing the world. Which is what our students have come to Adler to learn. And the moment they do, their lives and the communities they impact are changed for the better.
Our vision is to create a more just society. If your dream is to change the world and you have the grit to see it through, this is the moment in which you can make it come true.
Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D.
Adler University continues the pioneering work of the first community psychologist Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice.
Alfred Adler began community psychology by articulating the constructs of gemeinschaftsgefühl (social interest or the connection between individual and community well being) and systemic / structural community intervention (such as preventative public health measures). Adler University, as a higher education institution, continues his work today through the production of three outcomes which are specified in the mission:
There are five values that guide expectations and behavior at Adler University:
Adler University’s Strategic Plan charts a clear and dynamic direction for realizing our mission and our vision to be the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society.
In 2018, Adler University’s Board of Trustees approved an extension of the Strategic Plan to 2022 in order to addresses changes in the enrollment markets in Chicago and online. The Strategic Plan – “Becoming Adler University” through four Key Strategies – remains relevant, clear, and aligned with realizing our social justice mission.
Adler University is a founding member of the Chicago Data Collaborative, a cooperative effort among newsrooms, academics, and nonprofit researchers aimed at increasing public understanding of the criminal justice system.
In the fall of 2015, the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) at Adler University was asked to assess the impact of restorative justice practice trainings held by the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice project (IBARJ) in four Juvenile Detention Centers (JDCs) in Urbana-Champaign, Vernon Hills, Rockford, and Peoria.
"While I am encouraged by today’s decision to hold Mr. Floyd’s killer accountable, it does not change that he was murdered at the hands of a police officer, a fate prescribed to far too many Black people across the United States. relief that a just verdict was rendered is fleeting, at a time when racism continues unabated."