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Center for Diversity and Inclusion



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.

Services and Resources

Areas of Focus

Consultation and Advising

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.

Research and Data Analysis

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.

Workshops and Training

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, 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.

Programs and Fellowships

Programs and Fellowships

Diversity Scholars Program

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:

  • Preview graduate-level courses in psychology
  • Share information regarding success strategies for completing graduate programs
  • Offer practical tips regarding selecting and applying to graduate programs
  • Expose participants to prominent faculty and administrators from diverse backgrounds
  • Establish authentic and lasting relationships through ongoing mentorship
  • Explore the intersections of psychology and social justice

Program Funding

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Identify as a member of an underrepresented population (i.e., student of color, low income, first generation students, LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, etc.)
  • Current classification as a junior or senior in college (minimum of 45 completed credits)
  • Genuine interest in the field of psychology
  • Strong commitment to social justice

Application Process

Please submit the following application materials:

  • A completed application form, signed and dated
  • An updated copy of your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Recommendation – Please provide one letter of recommendation from an individual who can speak about your academic potential.
  • Essay – Please submit a statement (500 words maximum) describing your future career goals and commitment to working with underrepresented populations.
  • A copy of your Official Transcripts.

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.

Diversity Leadership 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 

Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Fellowship


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. 

Eligibility Requirements: 


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 La’Shawna Anderson 

The 2024-2025 application is available now.

Illinois Residency 

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. 

Underrepresented Groups 

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. 

Academic Ability 

  • Applicants must possess above-average academic ability as evidenced by: 
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
    A minimum grade point average of 2.75 (scale 4.0 = A) in the last sixty hours of undergraduate work or over a 3.2 (scale 4.0 = A) in at least 9 hours of graduate study; 
  • Unconditional admission to a master’s or doctoral degree program at Adler 

Academic Pursuit 

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. 

Financial Need 

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, La’Shawna Anderson [email protected]  

In addition to the programs listed here, we can also customize programs on a needs basis.

Inclusive Pedagogy

Inclusive Pedagogy

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: 

  • Practice self-awareness, humility, and ongoing reflection;
  •  Carefully apply inclusive teaching tenets; 
  • Actively seek opportunities for increased accessibility; 
  • Create intentional interactions that are informed by the requirements of social justice pedagogy; 
  • Effectively assess student learning and the classroom environment 
Religious Observances

Religious Observances

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

Activities and Events

February 2024

Events, Workshops, & Trainings

Black History Month

“I Am Because We Are”

Ubuntu is a Zulu term embracing the social and spiritual philosophy of humanness, inclusivity, and concern for one another.

Coordinated by: The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Black Caucus, Office of Student Affairs (Chicago), Adler Black Student Association, Vancouver Faculty Council, Men of Color at Adler (MOCA), and Student Services (Vancouver)

Tuesday, Feb. 6 | 4:30 p.m. PST (Vancouver Campus Event)

Screening of “Union Street”

Join Adler University for a group outing to the Vancouver International Film Centre (1181 Seymour St) to attend a screening of Jamila Pomeroy’s documentary, Union Street. This film documents the history of Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley, a formerly Black neighbourhood destroyed by the construction of the Georgia viaduct in the 1970s. This local history speaks to the systemic racial injustice towards Vancouver’s Black community that continues to this day. This beautifully shot portrait commemorates legacies and celebrates a new generation of Black Vancouverites working to rebuild community, reclaim cultural space, and facilitate Black joy.     

For more information contact: Susanne Milner, Director of Student Services

Location: VIFF Centre1181 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3M7

Transportation: At your own cost. If you want to depart as a group from Adler, please meet at the second-floor lounge (Vancouver Campus) by 4:00 PM PST.

Film Experience: Cost for students is covered by Adler University

Wednesday, Feb, 7 | noon. – 1:30 p.m. CST (Chicago Campus Event)

Grand Opening of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The team of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion invites students, staff, and faculty to its grand opening. This formal launching of the center coincides with the birthday of Alfred Adler, the University’s namesake. During this celebratory event, Adlerians will have an opportunity to meet the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) team, learn about the Center’s efforts to enhance University-wide DEI initiatives, and welcome in Black History Month 2024.

For more information contact: Dan Tadrous, Project Manager for the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Location: Center for Diversity and Inclusion – Room 15-100, Chicago Campus

Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 5 p.m. CST/3 p.m. PST

Men of Color at Adler (MOCA) Meeting

Men of Color at Adler (MOCA) is a support/resource group dedicated to the success of men of color who work and study at Adler University. It is a safe space to practice self-care and affirm men of color for their brilliance and scholarship. Meetings will be held twice a month, with the first meeting occurring on February 13, 2024.

For more information contact: Dr. Kahan Sablo, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or Nasjere Williams / Cameron Warren, MOCA Co-Facilitators

Location: Microsoft Teams – Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 254 032 748 683 Passcode: YWdhWb

Wednesday, February 14 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CST (Chicago Campus event)

Meet the Black Faculty and Staff

The Adler University Black Caucus will host its annual “Meet the Black Faculty & Staff” celebration. The Black Caucus’ theme for the year is Ubuntu – The State of Unity and Oneness. In addition to demonstrating the qualities of Ubuntu, the event will include a musical performance by local artist, singer, and songwriter, Xavier Sumter; and guitarist, Kianna Cameron. This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact: Dr. Mtisunge Kapalamula, Core Faculty and Black Caucus Chairperson

Location: Community Hall, Chicago Campus

Monday, Feb. 19 | noon CST / 10 a.m. PST
POSTPONED, please check back for details

Care for the Mental Health of Black Men

Dr. Jerome Anderson will offer an unapologetic learning tour of techniques and skills for providing mental services to Black men. Dr. Anderson is an Advanced Practice Clinical Professor and Board Certified Clinical and Forensic Psychotherapist. All are welcome to attend.  

For more information contact: Dr. Kahan Sablo, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Location: Zoom

Speaker Intro: Nasjere Williams, Men of Color at Adler

Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 12 p.m – 1 p.m. CST / 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. PST

Black and Blind: Navigating Life as a Double Minority

Join us as Ben Noble shares his experiences as a BIPOC person navigating blindness in the public sector and entertainment industry. By day, Ben is a professional with the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). In his spare time, he created a thriving career as a stand-up comedian and edutainer.

Ben has shared his unique intersectional perspective with academic audiences at Illinois State University, Benedictine University, DePaul University, the NKO-UIC Charter Schools, and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind. He is currently a finalist for TEDx talks at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

As an edutainer, Ben has headlined corporate events for companies like BMO Harris Bank, Rush Hospital, and a 10-day comedy tour in Edmonton, Canada. He has also performed at comedic venues across the country, including Zanies, Laugh Factory, The Improv, Caroline’s on Broadway and Second City Chicago. Ben has been featured on many television networks including NBC, Fox32, HBO, and Comedy Central.

For more information contact: Lunden Gregory, Coordinator of Student Affairs

Location: Microsoft Teams – Click here to join the meeting

Speaker Intro: Izmane Jean-Louis, Adler Black Student Association President

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. CST / noon. – 1 p.m. PST

“Weathering” Systemic Injustice: The Hidden Costs

Dr. Helen Ofosu will discuss the combined impact of covering at work, perfectionism, tokenism, and the “Tall Poppy Syndrome” on racialized employees – with an emphasis on Black employees. These widespread issues create systemic hardships and injustices. Also, during this facilitated discussion, Dr. Ofosu will discuss “cultural taxation” and its contributions to crucible leadership.

Dr. Ofosu has been practicing Industrial / Organizational Psychology in the public and private sectors for over 20 years. In addition to Career and Executive Coaching, her specialties include assessing and developing leadership skills and navigating the complex issues of workplace bullying, harassment, equity, diversity and inclusion.

In 2012, she founded I/O Advisory Services Inc., a practice where she offers executive coaching, HR consulting, and some speaking and training. She is pleased to be one of the founding officers of the Section on Black Psychology, Canadian Psychological Association and the current Chair.

Dr. Ofosu is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa. In 2023, her first book, How to Be Resilient in Your Career: Facing Up to Barriers at Work, was published by Routledge.

For more information contact: Dr. Manal Guirguis-Younger, Program Director, Clinical Psychology

Location: Zoom – Click here to register

Speaker Intro: Dr. Manal Guirguis-Younger

Wednesday, Feb. 28 | noon CST / 10:00 a.m. PST

Ubuntu (Oneness) Circle: An Update on Campus DEI Initiatives

Join the team of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and other campus leaders for quarterly updates on University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. Status updates will be provided on institutional DEI planning documents, such as the Antiracism and Inclusion Plan, the drafting of the Antiracism, Indigenization, and DEI (AID) Plan, the Black Community Demands and Expectations, Transforming the Curriculum Initiative, and the Diversity Recruitment Plan.

For more information contact: Dr. Kahan Sablo, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Location: Microsoft Teams – Click here to join the meeting
Meeting ID: 229 372 813 357 Passcode: QVuXND

Contact Us

Contact Us

Kahan Sablo, D.Ed. – Vice president, Diversity and Inclusion 

[email protected]


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