Institutes + Centers
The Center of Diversity and Inclusion advances the institutional mission of graduating socially responsible practitioners by delivering quality programs, trainings, services and resources that support the success of all community members on Adler University’s three campuses. We also critically review existing policies to assess for equity and inclusion and develop new policies to create a more inclusive environment.
Our work addresses fundamental areas of Inclusive Excellence – access and success, institutional climate and intergroup relations, education and scholarship, institutional infrastructure and community engagement. In collaboration with administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners, we strive to integrate the Inclusive Excellence framework into the fabric of the University.
Confidential consultations and advisement are available for faculty, staff, students and other University affiliates. Our services cover a wide range of topics, including transforming curricula, enhancing diversity recruitment efforts, managing difficult/sensitive conversations with colleagues and students and sustaining inclusive classroom practices. We also facilitate dialogues among individuals and small groups and support departments with developing diversity and inclusion plans for their respective areas.
In collaboration with the Offices of People and Culture and Institutional Research, we analyze data on the recruitment, success, and retention of Adler’s historically underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to develop appropriate action plans. Additionally, we research best practices on a range of topics and provide individuals and departments recommendations based on the current literature. Bi-annually, we launch a diversity climate survey for faculty, staff, students, and administrators to ensure we are making progress towards our goals.
We coordinate the selection of scholars and experts to address a range of topics, such as implicit bias and managing difficult conversations in the classroom. We also provide internal training sessions, such as Safe Space (focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer populations), Inclusive Language, Principles of Inclusive Pedagogy, and Generational Diversity. Upon request, we design customized presentations to meet unique departmental needs.
We deliver programs that bring an increased awareness of equity, diversity and inclusion and/or events that represent underserved communities, often in collaboration with our Campus Diversity Committees. Our programming promotes a learning community that values varied ideas and experiences that reinforce pluralism, one of Adler’s institutional values.
We offer a range of resources to support Adler community members. Examples include an Inclusive Pedagogy website, a flowchart that identifies where to report incidents (e.g., biased incidents, discrimination, sexual assault, etc.) and diversity recruitment and hiring materials. Our office also maintains queery.org, a website that lists LGBTQIA+ resources for faculty, students, staff and the greater Chicagoland area.
The Center regularly works with the University’s Diversity Committee, student, academic, and student affairs leaders to design, develop, facilitate, and assess programs and resources.
The Diversity Scholars Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from underrepresented/underserved backgrounds to learn more about graduate study in psychology at Adler University. It is designed to increase diversity among graduate students in various areas of psychology.
More specifically, this program is designed to:
Students who attend the Diversity Scholars Program that decide to apply to Adler University, will receive an application fee waiver. Additionally, those that are accepted into one of Adler University’s academic programs will also receive a Diversity Scholars Scholarship that provides a 50% tuition waiver! Please note, participants must attend and participate for the entire time of the program to qualify for any scholarship opportunities.
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Please submit the following application materials:
Students must submit all application materials by Friday, September 10, 2021 to [email protected]. Please feel free to email us with any further questions about the program.
The Diversity Leadership Program (DLP) at Adler is sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to provide opportunities for Psy.D.-level students of color to find community, develop a sense of belonging and receive academic support, resources, and advisement.
For more information about D.L.P please contact [email protected] with subject line Diversity Leadership Program Information request
The DFI Fellowship Program’s goal is to increase the number of minoritized full-time tenure track faculty and staff at colleges and universities in Illinois.
Applicants must be admitted to a Master’s or Doctoral program at Adler at the time of application. If awarded, the applicant must enroll as a full-time student (12 hours). DFI Fellowship Program Applications must be submitted to [email protected].
The 2022-2023 application should be available in January 2022. Be on the lookout for a message from our Center.
To be classified as an Illinois resident, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution in Illinois or received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited educational institution outside of Illinois and has lived in Illinois for a period of at least three years prior to applying for a grant.
African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. “Traditionally underrepresented minority group” means any of the minority groups designated in the Act which are represented in Illinois post-baccalaureate enrollment at a percentage rate less than the percentage of the minority group’s representation in the total Illinois population. The Illinois Board of Higher Education shall determine annually which groups are underrepresented based upon census data and annual graduate enrollment reports from Illinois institutions of higher education.
Applicants in all academic disciplines are eligible. Applicants must be pursuing a doctorate or master’s degree. Applicants must plan on pursuing a career in teaching or administration at an Illinois post-secondary institution or Illinois higher education governing board.
Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Applicants must have a financial need of at least $10,000 for eligibility. Please complete the Federal Applications for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) must be filed each year to maintain eligibility. Information regarding the student’s Total Direct Expenses minus the Expected Family Contribution [EFC] determines financial need [Need].
Terms of the Award
Upon graduation or separation from the DFI institution, an award recipient must agree to actively seek and accept when offered a teaching or non-teaching full-time appointment at an Illinois post-secondary educational institution or accept a position as an employee of this state in an administrative, educational-related position equal to the number of years for which he or she receives the DFI fellowship. Students failing to fulfill this condition of the award shall be required to repay 20 percent of their cumulative award amount, subject to revision by the DFI Program Board.
The DFI Award is available for a maximum of four years:
Doctorate Degree – Four (4) Years
Master Degree – Two (2) Years
Master’s degree holders funded through DFI are eligible to apply for additional years of support for doctoral study; total DFI funding is not to exceed four years
DFI Fellowship Program Institutional Representative, Melissa Moore, [email protected]
In addition to the programs listed here, we can also customize programs on a needs basis.
Adler University promotes the development and maintenance of inclusive, socially just pedagogy as part of its commitment to graduating socially responsible practitioners. To this end, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion offers numerous opportunities and resources for learning, practicing, and gaining feedback on inclusive pedagogy.
Workshops, teaching circles, and other training for faculty are developed to meet faculty members’, departmental, academic program, and campus goals. Resources – such as the Inclusive Pedagogy Website – are collaboratively created with partners like Disabilities Services and the Library to provide self-paced guidance and ready to access suggestions for inclusive teaching practice.
The Director for Inclusive Teaching Excellence, Cheryl Richardson, also provides observations, conversations, and consultations on inclusive, antiracist, and/or social justice teaching, creating a welcoming syllabus, equitably engaging and assessing students, universal design for learning, and other teaching concerns.
What is inclusive, socially just framework for teaching?
Teaching inclusively means embracing student diversity as an asset to student learning and designing and teaching courses in ways that foster talent in all students.
Adler University’s mandate to nurture socially responsible practitioners means that fostering talent in all students adds an orientation towards social justice. Inclusive, socially just teaching therefore builds on our understanding of inclusive teaching because it requires a recognition of socially oppressive barriers and a commitment to dismantling them.
An inclusive, socially just educator thus understands how learning works and the fundamentals of their discipline, embraces diversity, designs courses that address the needs of students who are historically and continuously marginalized in higher education, actively challenges the processes and structures of oppression that have shaped our institutions of learning, and prepares students to challenge these systems in the world.
Educators aim to correct historical and contemporary inequality in educational practices by destabilizing power, bias, and privilege in the classroom. They intentionally create structures that integrate marginalized experiences and knowledge and interrogate inequality with students. Both educator and students act as equal agents of social change.
Why is this kind of teaching important?
Inclusive, socially just teaching responds to moral, civil, and learning imperatives.
It is morally justified to work to eradicate educational structures and processes that reified hierarchies of human value. Higher education normalizes white, cis-male, heterosexist, middle and upper class, ableist ways of being in its approaches to student engagement, assessment of learning, and evaluation of knowledge claims. Inclusive teaching with a social justice lens works against this tendency.
Our civil society and classrooms are composed of various groups of people who once had no voice in our democracy or status in our schools. Current students are more racially, ethnically, and gender diverse and have more diagnosed disabilities than ever before, and they deserve adequate engagement and excellent opportunities to learn. Inclusive teaching embraces this diversity and uses it to help student thrive.
Intentional inclusion improves learning by improving students’ sense of belonging as well as increasing innovative thinking and cognitive complexity.
What does inclusive, socially just teaching at Adler University look like?
Our educators cultivate a respectful classroom climate that engages student diversity, challenges problems, and dismantles known barriers to student learning. Our faculty regularly:
In celebration of the diversity of our community, Adler University honors the need for individuals to fully engage in their respective faith traditions – including those which may require the cessation of activities as part of a religious observance. We are sharing this list of non-exhaustive religious holidays so faculty, students, and staff may proactively partner to accommodate religious observances. Please see the faculty handbook for the Religious Holiday Policy, refer to course syllabi to understand policies for honoring religious holiday observances, or contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of recognized religious observances in 2023. Please note, some dates may be approximate, as many holidays, such as Islamic and Hindu holy days, are based on the lunar calendar. Days which observance begins at sundown the day before are indicated by an asterisk*. Bahá’í, Jewish, and Muslim holidays begin at sunset on the evening before date listed.
January 6 – Christian | Feast of the Epiphany
January 7 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas | Using the Julian calendar, Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth
January 15 – Hindu | Sankranti
February 18 – Muslim | Lailatal Miraj
February 22 – Christian | Ash Wednesday
February 26-March 1 – Bahai | Ayyam-i-ha
February 27 – Orthodox Christian | Clean Monday, Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent
March6-7 – Jewish | Purim
March 7 – Hindu | Holika Dahan
March 7 – Muslim | Lailat al Bara-ah
March 8-10 – Hindu | Holi
March 8-10 – Sikh | Hola Mohalla
March 20 – Wiccan | Ostara/Spring Equinox
March 21 – Baha’i | Naw-Ruz*
March 23-April 23 – Muslim | Ramadan*
April 5-13 – Jewish | Passover (Pesach)*
April 7 – Christian | Good Friday
April 9 – Christian | Easter
April 14 – Sikh | Baisakhi/Vaisakhi
April 16 – Orthodox Christian | Good Friday
April 17 – Jewish | Yom HaShoah*
April 18 – Islam | Lailat al-Qadr
April 21-May 2 – Baha’i | Ridvan*
April 23 – Muslim | Eid al-Fitr*
April 26 – Jewish | Yom Ha’Atzmaut*
May 1 – Wiccan | Beltane
May 24 – Baha’i | Declaration of the Bab*
May 26-27 – Jewish | Savuot*
May 27 – Buddhist | Buddha Day/Vesak
May 28 – Christian | Pentecost
May 29 – Baha’i | Ascension of Baha’u’llah*
June 11 – Christian Orthodox | All Saints Day
June 16 – Sikh | Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
June 24 – Pagan/Wiccan | Litha
June 26-July 1 – Islam | The Hajj
June 28 -Muslim | Waqf al Arafa
June 29 – Islam | Eid al-Adha
July 3 – Buddhist | Asalha Puja
July 5-6 – Judaism | Fast of Tammuz
July 10 – Baha’i | Martyrdom of Báb*
July 18-19 – Islam | Islamic New Year
July 24 – Christian | Pioneer Day
July 26-27 – Judaism | Tisha B’Ay*
July 28 – Muslim | Days of Ashura/Muharram*
Aug. 1 – Pagan/Wiccan | Lughnasadh
Aug. 15 – Roman Catholic | Feast of the Assumption
Sept. 5-6 – Islam | Arba’een
Sept. 6-7 – Hindu | Krishna Janmashtami
Sept. 12 – Jain | Paryushan Parvaramb
Sept. 15-17 – Judaism | Rosh Hashanah*
Sept. 18 – Judaism | Tzom Gedaliah
Sept. 21-29 – Pagan/Wiccan | Mabon
Sept. 24-25 – Judaism | Yom Kippur
Sept. 26-27 – Islam | Mawlid
Sept. 30-October 6 – Judaism | Sukkot*
Oct. 7-8 – Judaism | Shemini Atzeret*
Oct. 8 – Judaism | Simchat Torah*
Oct. 15-24 – Hindu | Navarati
Oct. 16 – Baha’i | Birthday of Báb
Oct. 17 – Baha’i | Birthday of Baha’u’llah
Oct. 24 – Hindu | Dussehra
Oct. 31 – Pagan/Wiccan | Samhain
Nov. 1 – Christian | All Saints Day
Nov. 2 – Christian | All Souls’ Day
Nov. 12 – Hindu/Sikh/Jain | Diwali
Nov. 24 – Sikh | Martyrdom of Guru Bahadur
Nov. 28 – Baha’i | Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha
Nov. 28-Jan. 6 – Christian | Christmas Fast
Dec. 3-24 – Christian | Advent
Dec. 7-15 – Judaism | Hanukkah*
Dec. 8 – Roman Catholic | Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Dec. 8 – Buddhist | Bodhi Day
Dec. 12 – Christian | Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day)
Dec. 16-24 – Christian | Las Posadas
Dec. 21-Jan. 1 – Pagan/Wiccan | Yule
Dec. 22 – Judaism | Asara B’Tevet
Dec. 24 – Christian | Christmas Eve
Dec. 25 – Christian | Christmas Day
Dec. 26 – Christian | St. Stephen’s Day
Dec. 26-1 – Interfaith | Kwanzaa
Monday, June 5 | noon CDT/10 a.m. PDT
Presented by A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University.
Faculty and staff are invited to this workshop on addressing microaggressions, with an emphasis on recognizing and addressing microaggressions within classroom settings. Dr. Wright will discuss theories and research behind microaggressions as they occur in everyday life, especially within academia. Strategies to identify microaggressions, as well as how to address them in the moment, will be introduced.
Monday, June 5 | 4-6 p.m. CDT/6-8 p.m. PDT
Chicago Campus Community Hall & Zoom
Presented by Ryan Tobiasz, Psy.D., program director of the Adler University Master of Arts in Forensic Mental Health Leadership program
On a hot summer day in August 1972, John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile robbed a bank and held hostages in Brooklyn, New York. The events of the day were chronicled in the 1975 crime drama, Dog Day Afternoon, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. In 2009, Dog Day Afternoon was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Films have historically portrayed homosexuality and transsexuality in a negative light, reinforcing the marginalization of the LGBTQ+ community. Dog Day Afternoon broke that pattern with an accurate depiction of the LGBTQ+ fight for liberation. Set against the backdrop of the gay liberation movement and using the film Dog Day Afternoon, the history of Stonewall, Pride, and the fight for LGBTQ+ rights, this presentation will consider complex character development that defines LGBTQ+ characters beyond just sexual orientation. Themes of police brutality, Stockholm syndrome, mental health, internalized homophobia, and institutional homophobia will be discussed. Although released over 45 years ago, the relevancy of Dog Day Afternoon in 2023 will be explored.
Register for in-person attendance here.
Register for virtual attendance here.
Wednesday, June 21 | noon-1 p.m. CDT/10-11 a.m. PDT
Presented by A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at New York University.
Doing clinical work with clients who are members of the sexual and gender-diverse community — also known as the queer or LGBTQIA+ community — requires specific knowledge, attitudes/values, and skills. Queer individuals face both systematized, sanctioned discrimination, including laws against them, and everyday microaggressions that contribute to minority stress, all which can contribute to, exacerbate, and maintain emotional and mental distress, specific mental illness, and a host of other practical, personal, and interpersonal difficulties.
In this presentation, Dr. Wright will introduce the current state of the literature as well as current clinical wisdom in working with queer clients. Steeped in the theory of cultural humility, the presentation will focus on the development of queer-affirming practices aimed at depathologizing queer norms and customs, attending to cis-heteronormative attitudes of the therapist, and managing therapeutic microaggressions that occur within the therapeutic relationship
Tuesday, May 9 | 2 p.m. CDT/noon PDT
Actor, writer, and comic D’Lo will be sharing his perspective as a community-based artist whose powerful work delves into the intersection of comedy and healing, and mental health and masculinity. He will share about his latest public installation busking project called “Cry with You,” a.k.a the UNCLES project, and the question at its foundation: what does beautiful masculinity look like? D’Lo takes pride in his solo-based work & comedy as well as his cultural work within queer/trans immigrant and BIPOC communities. You might’ve also seen him in shows like Transparent, Sense8, Mr. Robot, Quantum Leap and the film BROS
Wednesday, May 17 | noon CDT/10 a.m. PDT
Yolanda Savage-Narva will share intersectional experiences of being a woman of color and of Jewish heritage. In addition to being a 2019 Schusterman Senior Fellow and serving in an advisory role for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and Repair the World, Savage-Narva is the director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) at Union for Reform Judaism. In addition, Savage-Narva is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; a historically Black sorority dedicated to sisterhood, scholarship, and service.
Zoom registration link:
By Faraz Khaja
It was in March 30, 2023, that a brand-new $25 million initiative to battle antisemitism called #StandUpToJewishHate launched. One main feature of the campaign is the use of the blue square emoji.
The said emoji was created by the Foundation to Combat Antisemitism—which itself was founded by Robert Kraft, Owner of the New England Patriots back in 2019. The blue square emoji has been touted as a symbol of the #StandUpToJewishHate campaign.
The campaign itself has been designed to increase awareness for the fight against antisemitism, specifically among non-Jewish audiences. The up-and-coming blue square emoji has appeared on television shows, digital billboards and social-media sites. The campaign encourages people to download the blue square and share it widely. According to CBS News, the blue square will take up 2.4% of television and digital screens, billboards, and social media feeds. That number symbolizes that Jews make up 2.4% of the American population yet are the victims of 55% of religious-based hate crimes.
Tuesday, April 4 | noon PDT/2 p.m. CDT
Ramadan and Arab American Heritage Month both fall during April this year and, in anticipation, the Muslim Student Association will host a Common Hour event to learn about the Islamic holiday and share resources to support students and campus members who observe.
Guest lecturer and Islamic Scholar Sheikh Umar Farooqie will discuss what is Islam, the five pillars of Islam, and provide details of the importance and meaning of Ramadan for Muslims all over the world. A 15-minute Q&A session will follow the presentation. If you prefer to ask your questions beforehand, please email [email protected].
*It is important to mention that many Arabs do not identify as Muslim, and many Muslims do not identify as Arab. Ramadan is a holy month specific to the religion of Islam for all those who identify as Muslim, regardless of race or ethnicity.
Wednesday, April 11 | 5 a.m. PDT/7 a.m. CDT
This discussion will be recorded for those unable to attend — a link will be shared in next week’s Inside Adler.
Mustafa Qossoqsi, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, family and couple psychotherapist, chief clinical psychologist of the Psychiatric Department at the EMMS Nazareth Hospital, and a clinical supervisor at the “Maana” Psychotherapeutic Centre. He has researched the intergenerational effects of the Nakbah on internally displaced Palestinians and has been instrumental in developing training in Arabic for Palestinian psychologists. He is co-founder and former head of the Arab Psychological Association and co- founder of the Palestine Global Network. Mustafa is also a published poet.
Najla Asmar is a supervising clinical psychologist, chief psychologist at the English Hospital in Nazareth, and founder and manager of MA’ANA Center at the English Hospital, an Arabic Center for mental health treatment, evaluation and supervision. She has worked for many years at the Developmental Psychological Treatment Station at the Ministry of Health in Haifa and is a graduate of the psychotherapy program and the experienced therapists program at the Psychoanalytic Society in Israel.
Hosted by the Adler Arab Student Association
Tuesday, April 25 | noon CDT/10 a.m. PDT
The National Coalition Building Institute’s award-winning Welcoming Diversity Workshop is an experiential program presented thousands of times at universities and colleges. The workshop consists of a series of incremental activities that helps participants:
For those interested in additional NCBI training, Adler University will commission a Campus Affiliate Team of the National Coalition Building Institute this semester. Approximately 50 individuals are desired to participate in a train-the-trainer seminar on how to lead the NCBI Welcoming Diversity Workshop and NCBI Controversial Issues Process. The NCBI Controversial Issue Process helps move hotly contested issues forward by teaching individuals and groups how to listen to the heartfelt concerns of all sides and reframing the debate in a way that builds bridges.
Sign up to receive additional information about becoming an NCBI Workshop facilitator.
Please register at least 24 hours in advance.
This section was created as a resource for the Adler community to bring awareness and highlight the devastating impact of the earthquakes on the Turkish and Syrian people in the region.
Syria Relief Organizations
Turkey Relief Organizations
Resource list compiled from USF’s website
Friday, Feb. 3 | 1 p.m. CST/11 a.m. PST
Members of the Adler community are asked to gather virtually and create a healing circle. This will be an opportunity to hold communal space and share our stories of strength. You are a divine light, courageous in the fight for truth. You matter. Healing happens together. For additional information, contact Monica F. Boyd Layne, Black Caucus Chair; Mtisunge Kapalamula and Nataka Moore, Black Caucus Co-Chairs.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 | noon CST/PST
The Adler Community is invited to join us as we kick off Black History Month 2023. After an opening address from the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, individuals are welcome to enjoy lunch and casually engage with members of the Adler community. Informal conversations about University DEI efforts are welcome.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 | noon CST/10 a.m. PST
Sponsored by Disability Services and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
In Fall 2022, 23% of Chicago students had accommodations, nearing national estimates that 25% of all American adults have some type of disability. While accommodations can help to level the playing field for students with disabilities, they serve as mitigation efforts rather than proactively and holistically considering one’s teaching approach. By incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into teaching strategies, we remove unnecessary hurdles and develop a flexible learning environment that benefits all students, including those with accommodations and from other marginalized communities. Join us for our monthly sessions in which we’ll provide a brief overview of UDL and break down one aspect of UDL Learning Guidelines developed by CAST. Adler faculty members will share some of their approaches in an open dialogue. Come with your success stories or your questions.
Wednesday, Feb. 15| noon CST/10 a.m. PST
Presented by: Moe Ari Brown, LMFT.
Leading mental health expert in the realm of Transgender Identity, Moe Ari has a keen understanding of the intersectionality of race, gender identity, and spirituality and their impact on the way individuals pursue belonging and authenticity in their lives. Please join us in conversation as we discuss the individual and collective healing that takes place when we can fully embody our most authentic selves.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 | noon-1:30 p.m. CST/10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PST
The National Coalition Building Institute’s award-winning Welcoming Diversity Workshop is an experiential program that has been presented thousands of times at universities and colleges. The workshop consists of a series of incremental activities that helps participants:
For those interested in additional NCBI training, this semester, Adler University will commission a Campus Affiliate Team of the National Coalition Building Institute. Approximately 50 individuals are desired for participation in a train the trainer seminar on how to lead the NCBI Welcoming Diversity Workshop and NCBI Controversial Issues Process. The NCBI Controversial Issue Process helps move hotly contested issues forward by teaching individuals and groups how to listen to the heartfelt concerns of all sides and reframing the debate in a way that builds bridges.
Sign up to receive additional information about becoming an NCBI Workshop facilitator.
Wednesday, Feb. 22 | noon CST/10 a.m. PST
Presented by: Dr. Jerome Anderson, DSW, LCSW, BCD, CCFC, CCHP, CMCC
Join Dr. Jerome Anderson for an unapologetic learning tour of techniques and skills for working with Black men. Dr. Anderson is an Advanced Practice Clinical Professor and Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychotherapist. All are welcome to attend. Register online.
Dr. Anderson will also join the brothers of Men of Color at Adler (MOCA) for an informal discussion on March 9, 2023 at 5 p.m. CST/3 p.m. PST. All are welcome to attend – men of color and male-identified individuals of color employed or enrolled at Adler University are encouraged to attend via Zoom.
Monday, Feb. 27 | noon CST/10 a.m. PST
Ubuntu is a Zulu term embracing the social and spiritual (not religious) philosophy of humanness, inclusivity, and concern for one another. Join the team of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and other campus leaders for the first of our quarterly DEI Town Hall Meetings. Updates on campus Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts will be provided, including the status of various initiatives, such as the Antiracism and Inclusion Plan (ARI), Black Community Demands and Expectations (BCDEs), the Transforming the Curriculum Initiative (TCI), and other exciting campus DEI initiatives.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 2 p.m. CST/noon PST
Presented by: Richla Davis, LCPC and Sara Vivens, LCPs
Richla Davis, LCPC, and Sara Vivens, LCPC, of Ida Lillie Psychotherapy and Wellness will lead us in an interactive workshop that addresses the unique ways in which Black folks experience healing. We will debunk myths related to mental illness and explore options for providing appropriate care to Black populations. Participants will be encouraged to challenge the ways in which they have been taught to assess and treat Black suffering.
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 campuses.
In February, the Adler University Vancouver Campus, with support from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, began an Elder-in-Residence program as part of an initiative to build connections and increase education and awareness of the experiences of First Nations communities.
The Adler University Center for Diversity and Inclusion recently launched the Chicago Campus Black Author Series to elevate Black voices and bring community members together across lines of difference to discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.