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Chicago Tribune Features Adler's Social Exclusion Simulation 03.23.15
Chicago Tribune Features Adler's Social Exclusion Simulation

Chicago Tribune journalist Barbara Brotman recently participated in and wrote a feature story about Adler's Social Exclusion Simulation, a program developed to illustrate what social structures are, how they operate, and how they can systematically block access for some groups to rights, opportunities, and resources required for social integration.

"Sometimes we think people are just not motivated or just not trying hard enough, or maybe if we just give them a few more resources they'll do better," said Tiffany McDowell, Ph.D., executive director of Adler's Institute on Social Exclusion. "But in reality, if we don't change and make the system work more efficiently, we're definitely going to miss a whole group of people."

Several Adler administrators and trustees also participated and shared their reactions to the simulation.

"I was just so angry I couldn't function," said Audrey Peeples, an Adler board member. "Really, I just gave up."

"No one would listen to me," said Anthony Chimera, Adler's vice president for institutional advancement. 

"I was almost in tears, I have to tell you," said Joy MacPhail, a board member.

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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.


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