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For students, alumni and faculty at Adler University, advancing social justice isn’t just our mission. It’s what we do every day. We are excited to share the stories of our work in Social Change, our online magazine.

The summer issue of Social Change released today explores how we are strengthening communities. With expertise in counseling, advocacy, art therapy, military psychology and other areas, our students, alumni and faculty members have a noticeable impact across many communities.

What can you learn by exploring Social Change? Read on to find out.

How do socially responsible practitioners respond to a public health crisis?

The rate of death by opioid overdose has risen steadily in recent years throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more about how our alumni, students and faculty members are addressing this public health crisis with innovative programs and advocacy.

And, read what President Raymond E. Crossman thinks about their work.

Why did the new chair of our board of trustees think it made “perfect sense” to become involved with Adler University?

After retiring from a renowned political career in British Columbia, Joy MacPhail wanted to give back to the community, and her interest in social justice aligned with Adler University’s mission. Read more.

What does social justice look like on campus?

Meet the faculty member, student and staff member who won this year’s Alfred Adler Social Justice Awards.

How can we truly understand others instead of defaulting to stereotypes?

In a Tedx Talk, Patty Johnson, Psy.D. 2011, discusses how sharing personal narratives can confront injustice and inequality.

How can we enrich children’s lives with opportunities to develop emotional intelligence?

Sarah Joy Wester, M.A. 2012, wrote and illustrated a beautiful book to help children identify and manage their emotions, as well as dream courageously.

What barriers do some veterans face after their military service?

Putting her military psychology degree to use, Airielle Macool-Cunningham, M.A. 2016, helps veterans overcome challenges including homelessness.

How can an organization create a positive workplace culture?

Carolyn Swora, M.A. 2018, literally wrote the book on how to do exactly that.

What is the potential impact of the Restorative Justice Community Court in Chicago?

Adler University’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice is evaluating the new court, thanks to a generous grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. Learn more.

How can we apply Alfred Adler’s principles to contemporary practice?

The Center on Adlerian Practice and Scholarship recently held three events for the University community to explore modern approaches using Adlerian methods.

How do youth and communities benefit from restorative justice?

The Institute for Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) works closely with community partners in Chicago to offer restorative justice, an alternative approach to addressing youth crime and conflict. Learn about the IPSSJ’s work to grow the impact of these partnerships.

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Social Change. Have a story for the next issue? Send us your ideas!