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Institute on Social Exclusion Awarded Driehaus Foundation Grant 09.03.15
Institute on Social Exclusion Awarded Driehaus Foundation Grant

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has generously provided a $15,000 grant to support the ongoing work of Adler University’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) generating research, education, and advocacy to build more equitable, healthy and inclusive communities.

In providing the grant for ISE’s general operations, The Driehaus Foundation supports ISE’s ongoing work for systemic changes toward greater social justice—such as development of a community advocacy model for public policy that engages communities in policy development and analysis through organization and advocacy.

“We thank The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for its generous and meaningful gift,” said Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., who directs the ISE with Dan Cooper, Ph.D. “The Foundation’s support significantly helps our work alongside local residents, youth, and community organizations to advance public policy that structurally supports socially just outcomes and improves well-being in underserved communities.”

Over the last six years, the ISE has engaged nearly 1,500 residents of Chicago neighborhoods in actively guiding research, advocacy and evaluation of policies affecting the wellbeing of their communities.

Projects have included:

  • A multi-partner collaboration with the Quad Communities Development Corporation to identify factors contributing to violence in Chicago’s Grand Boulevard, Kenwood, and Washington Park neighborhoods.
  • A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in conjunction with leaders in Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village communities to examine recommended land use options for the decommissioned Fisk and Crawford coal power plant sites.
  • The first-ever Mental Health Impact Assessment (MHIA) examining federal policy guidance on arrest records and hiring, and its impact on mental health of residents of Chicago’s vulnerable Englewood community.

About the Institute on Social Exclusion

The Adler University Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) generates research, education, and advocacy to build more equitable, healthy and inclusive communities. In collaboration with a wide range of community, government, public policy, and philanthropic partners, the ISE applies its work in three areas of expertise necessary to creating equity, health, and inclusion:

  • Social determinants: Analyzing social determinants — the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age — that harm individual, community, and population health;
  • Social exclusion: Identifying policies and practices that systemically exclude and marginalize entire populations;
  • Strategies for achieving equity: Providing community-informed solutions, models for public policy, and approaches to improve social determinants and dismantle social exclusion.

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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.