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Featured Stories

Learn more about the stories highlighted in our 2021 Annual Report.


Educating More Students to be Champions for Change

2021 Graduate Addresses Vancouver Graduates at Commencement Ceremony
During the 2021 Adler Vancouver Commencement Ceremony, held on November 20, graduate Makeda Henry addressed 2020 and 2021 graduates with her speech about Imposter Syndrome and overcoming perfectionism. Makeda Henry received her Master of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Adler University Vancouver. Read More.

2021 Graduate Addresses Chicago and Online Graduates at Commencement Ceremony
During the 2021 Adler University Commencement Ceremony, held on October 24, doctoral graduate Eddie D. Burks addressed 2020 and 2021 graduates with his speech about upholding Adler’s social justice mission in their respective fields. Burks emphasized the importance of this commitment and standing tall in our demand for equality, equity and inclusion. Read More.

Building an Anti-Racist University

Beginning in January 2021, Adler began a multi-year curriculum transformation plan that will revisit academic pedagogy to re-imagine how the BIPOC experience is interwoven through all the courses and programs we offer.

Adler University Board of Trustees Named Recipient of 2022 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by Association of Governing Boards
Adler University has been selected to receive the 2022 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB). The Nason Award is presented to higher education governing boards demonstrating exceptional leadership and initiative, strong governance and trusteeship, courage in the face of difficult circumstances, and significant achievements benefitting the university as a whole. Read More.

Dr. Stacee Reicherzer Offers Strategies to Heal One’s Otherness in Her New Handbook
Dr. Stacee Reicherzer, an associate professor in Adler University’s Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program, knows the feeling of being cast out. Dr. Reicherzer is a trans woman with extensive background in higher education, counseling and clinical research. Now, she’s using her lived experiences to bring “Otherness” to the forefront of her teachings. Read More.

Investing in Our Student Experience

Adler University Receives Grant from Healthy Communities Foundation to Support Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice
Adler University’s Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice (IPSSJ) has been awarded a $25,000 grant from Healthy Communities Foundation to support holistic organizational wellness initiatives with the Community Restorative Justice (RJ) Hubs. The RJ Hubs are comprised of twelve community-based organizations throughout Chicago. These hubs are critical in offering trauma-informed alternatives to incarceration for youth and emerging adults in Chicago communities. Read more.

Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) Receives Grant from Federal Communications Commission
Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) has been awarded a generous grant from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Grant Program. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program provides funding to health care providers as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Read More.

Adler University Community Supports Students During Pandemic
Adler University’s Emergency Response Scholarship Fund has provided grants totaling nearly $1 million to support students experiencing financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read More.

Supporting Students to Improve Community Mental Health and Well-Being
For the next three years, five Adler University students in the Vancouver Campus Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program will receive a continuing scholarship, thanks to a generous donation from Trustee Pamela Richardson and her husband, David. Read More.

Fostering Healthy Communities

Adler University’s Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Renamed the Division of Teen Wellness and Opportunity (TWO)
With many program changes in place, Adler University’s Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has been renamed to the Division of Teen Wellness and Opportunity (TWO). The program formerly known as ACHS DJJ began over 20 years ago working with over 350 youth in the juvenile justice system, specifically at the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles. Read more.

Working to Advance Social Change and Environmental Justice
Vancouver Campus student Laurianne da Cruz has a strong interest in animal welfare and environmental justice. She shares her recent experience participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s Designing Change for a Living Planet 2021 and her passion for social change. Read more.

Dr. Elena Quintana Joins “Let It Be Known,” Speaking on Public Safety and Police Intervention in Chicago
Dr. Elena Quintana, Executive Director of Adler University’s Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice, joined Black Press of America’s “Let It Be Known” last week to speak on her role on the Independent Monitoring Team for Chicago Police Department’s Consent Decree. The Consent Decree is court-approved settlement that requires the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and the City of Chicago to reform police training, use of force, community policing, accountability and more. Read more.

Adler University Signs Brief Supporting DACA Recipients in Texas Court Case
Adler University has signed an amicus brief in support of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in an ongoing Texas court case that threatens to rescind DACA protections. Adler University joins many universities and colleges in this decision, as we know the importance of educational attainment, health equity, and economic opportunities for all. Read more.