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Moving from divided cities 
to equitable cities.

Moving from divided cities
to equitable cities.

The Center for Equitable Cities

Adler University has been embedded in Chicago area communities for over 65 years. During this time we have witnessed widening gaps in just about every measure of population health and wellbeing. The core work of training socially responsible practitioners is one of the University’s biggest contributions to improving the health of our communities. At the same time, it is necessary to acknowledge that some of our area’s biggest challenges are related to growing and intersecting forms of inequality that can only be addressed through innovative policy changes. We must seek bold and equitable solutions that will begin to combat the root causes that have left our metropolitan region one of the most divided and unequal places in the country.

To that end, Adler University has created the Center for Equitable Cities in order to more fully take up the challenge of fighting for equitable solutions to rising inequality. The Center works in concert with communities most historically disadvantaged by years of failed policy and disinvestment. It serves as a policy leader, collaborative research convener, and resource hub dedicated to drawing out the connections between different forms of urban inequality, and advancing, equitable solutions. The Center’s work is concentrated into three main areas, all dedicated to working in concert with the most excluded populations to shift our paradigm away from addressing single issues in isolation to advancing equitable solutions to growing forms of inequality, which is at the root of all of our social issues.

The purpose of the Center for Equitable Cities is to advance a vision for the equitable city that will reduce longstanding and intersecting forms of inequality. It will achieve this by being a policy leader, collaborative action research convener, and a resource hub to community stakeholders, advocates, and policymakers.