Diversity Assistantships

Supporting our commitment to a more 
inclusive and diverse learning environment.

Supporting our commitment to a more
inclusive and diverse learning environment.

Diversity Assistantships

Adler University’s Diversity Assistantship is designed to support our commitment to a more inclusive and diverse learning environment.  We view diversity as an essential component of the educational experience of our students and an important indicator of our success in ensuring the relevance of the University.

The Diversity Assistantship provides selected individuals with leadership, collaboration, planning and programming experience related to recruitment and mentorship of underrepresented populations as identified in the University’s Diversity Excellence Plan.  Diversity Assistants will be responsible for working with the University’s diversity committee as well as various departments on campus (i.e. admissions, student affairs, academic affairs, training and community engagement) to increase the pipeline of diverse applicants, ensure success of underrepresented students, strengthen the diversity of training and community engagement experiences, and provide programming that supports an inclusive environment.


In order to be eligible, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be admitted to the PsyD program at Adler University’s Chicago campus for fall 2018 admissions.  Awards will not be held for students who defer admission or fail to enroll by the specified registration deadline. (Applicants who are awaiting an admissions decision should still submit assistantship application and materials by March 1st deadline)
  • Demonstrate personal characteristics such as motivation, leadership potential, and commitment to diversity based on personal essay, previous experience, interview and references.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who belong to an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority group (African-American/Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Pacific Islander).

Terms of Employment and Compensation

The Diversity Assistantship provides selected new PsyD students with a 50% tuition waiver renewable for up to 4 consecutive years.  Diversity Assistants are expected to commit a 12 - 15 hours per week during business hours in the fall, spring and summer semesters.  Students must remain in good standing, maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 at Adler University, and receive a positive review and recommendation from their supervisor to be eligible for renewal.  Recipients of this assistantship are not eligible for additional New Student Scholarships from Adler University for 2018-2019.  Any individual who is awarded both the assistantship and a scholarship will be required to choose which one they will accept.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Participate as an advisory member on the Adler University Diversity Committee.
  • Establish relationships, pipeline programs and collaborations that recruit and enroll students from underrepresented populations.
  • Provide leadership to and advise students in the planning of diversity and cultural events sponsored by the University’s student organizations.
  • Work with diversity committee to establish and facilitate a mentorship program for new students from underrepresented populations.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor and/or mentor to provide updates, monitor performance, and seek guidance.
  • Return all phone and email messages within a reasonable time-frame. (24-48 hours)
  • Perform other duties as identified with supervisor to enhance professional development and/or support success of diversity initiatives.

Application and Selection

The following items should be submitted to Adler University Office of Admissions by March 1, 2018 in order to be considered:

  • A completed Diversity Assistantship application, signed and dated
  • An updated copy of your resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Professional/academic references - Please provide names, titles, phone number and email for three individuals whom may be contacted to provide a reference for you.
  • Essay – Please submit a statement (approximately 500 words) describing your experience with diversity and why it is important to your education.

A flexible, holistic, and individual approach to awarding assistantships will be based on your assistantship application materials and all materials submitted for your application for admissions to the school.  Once materials have been reviewed, a select number of individuals will be invited for an interview (phone or in-person) as the final step in the selection process.  Award recipients will be notified in writing by April 1, 2018.

Please submit your completed application through mail to:
Adler University
Attention: Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602

OR electronically by email to admissions@adler.edu

Questions regarding the Diversity Assistantship should be directed to admissions@adler.edu or 312.662.4100