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Chicago Agencies Honored for Excellence in Work with Adler University Students 05.06.16
Chicago Agencies Honored for Excellence in Work with Adler University Students

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Career Transitions Center of Chicago, the National Museum of Health and Medicine, and Backbones—a nonprofit that helps people with spinal cord injury or disease and their families connect with communities—have been honored with Adler University’s 2016 Community Trailblazer Awards, presented by the Department of Community Engagement at Adler's Chicago Campus.

The award recognizes agencies for long-time excellence in partnering with Adler to provide Social Justice Practicum experience to Adler students.  “These agencies consistently connect our students to their organizational missions and to the Adler mission with highly engaging learning opportunities,” says Camille Williamson, Adler's Director of Community Engagement in Chicago.

“They provide excellent mentorship, and students report that their learning experiences at these sites expand their knowledge, skills and perspectives on social contexts they are learning about at Adler.”

The Chicago Housing Authority, One Northside, and The Resurrection Project have been honored as 2016 New Spark Pioneers, for outstanding outcomes in their first year engaging Adler practicum students in extensive community outreach or research projects.

One Northside organizes Chicago community residents, addressing affordable housing, education, economic justice, mental health justice, healthcare, violence prevention, and youth. The Resurrection Project was founded by churches and residents in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood to address the rising blight and crime.

At Adler’s Chicago Campus, the Department of Community Engagement works with hundreds of human-service, government, and community agencies to engage Adler students in Social Justice Practicum experiences with those organizations. Each year, students commit more than 44,000 hours in practicum projects toward social justice goals.

The Community Engagement team also leads and collaborates on projects for civic participation, critical investigation of social justice issues, and exploration of intersectional identities for greater understanding of the social contexts of power, privilege and subjugation. 

About Adler University

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,400 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an Online Campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.