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Featured Stories

Learn more about the stories highlighted in our 2019 Annual Report.

Helping Youth Heal from Trauma and Addiction Through Public Art
John Gingrich’s experiences at Adler University inspired him to bring art therapy and large-scale public art together to create change in his community. A student in the Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy program in Vancouver, he planned and painted a mural with local youth and young adults who have been affected by the opioid epidemic. Read more.

Fighting for Inclusion in the Military
Joseph E. Troiani, Ph.D., professor in the Master of Arts in Military Psychology program for Adler University’s Online Campus, and retired Col. Jennifer Pritzker joined WTTW-TV’s “Chicago Tonight” to advocate for the inclusion of transgender people in the military. Read more.

Connecting Youth Across Neighborhoods Through Sports Tournament
The Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice brought together youth from Community Restorative Justice Hubs and other partner agencies across Chicago to participate in a cross-city basketball tournament. The goal was to give the youth an opportunity to connect to peers across different neighborhoods and engage them in a positive way. Read more.

Increasing Scholarship Opportunities for Students
Adler University has made student scholarships a priority in its Campaign for Social Justice. The University has been able to increase opportunities for students thanks to generous donations from supporters, such as Mary Kay Krupka, and to grants from organizations like the Hearst Foundations that support the University’s mission to graduate socially responsible practitioners.

Showcasing Artwork to Fundraise for Community Partners
First-year students studying counselling art therapy at the Vancouver Campus displayed their artwork at the program’s fifth annual art exhibition and fundraiser to benefit local community organizations on March 20, 2019. Watch video.

Increasing Access to Mental Health Care—By Land or by Sea
Chicago Campus Couple and Family Therapy faculty and students traveled to Panama to work alongside Floating Doctors, a nonprofit that deploys medical teams by boat, packhorse, or on foot to remote areas. The Adler University team helped Floating Doctors pilot the delivery of mental health care to these communities. Read more.

Helping Inmates Heal by Addressing Trauma
Elena Quintana, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice, is an external facilitator with the Community Anti-Violence Education program for inmates inside Danville Correctional Center in Illinois. CAVE allows participants to address the trauma they’ve experienced and realize how it has affected their actions. Read more.

Paving a “Road Home” for Veterans
Blake Schroedter, Psy.D. ’16, adjunct professor for the military psychology program at the Online Campus, is dedicated to helping veterans and their families. He is a clinical psychologist and heads the Effingham Clinic for the Road Home Program, which serves men and women in central Illinois returning from military service. Read more.

Working with Community Partners to Promote Health, Inclusion, and Social Justice
First-year Adler University students across the three campuses choose community organizations to partner with for their Social Justice Practicum. This unique and immersive experience helps prepare students to be socially responsible practitioners. Read more.