If social justice is your passion, this is where you need to be.
As a fierce champion of social justice, you’ll find that Adler University offers you a unique learning experience with a real-world focus. You will gain valuable skills that you’ll put into practice not only when you graduate, but while you are with us as well. At Adler, we believe that doing is learning. Regardless of whether you attend our Chicago, Vancouver, or Online campus, your experience will be enlightening, immersive, and hands-on. We want you to succeed at every level throughout your time with us. And as you venture out, you will go with a new understanding not just of your calling to advance social justice, but of yourself as well.
In addition to being highly recognized and regarded thought leaders within their specific fields, the faculty at Adler are passionate and involved social activists for change. They use their real-life experience to constantly reset the bar for academic excellence. And they do not rest on their laurels. In addition to the professional and academic positions that allow them to voice the need for social change, they are committed to walk the walk in their respective fields and communities in need. Ivory towers are not for them. Not when there’s work to be done.
They practice what they teach.
A Way of Life. Building on Alfred Adler’s theory, socially responsible practice (SRP) is a measure of a student’s intention, persistence, intensity, and dedication to social justice and community wellness. Socially responsible practice is a life pursuit, not a job. Rooted in social sciences, SRP uses science to explore and examine every aspect of individual and community wellness. A socially responsible practitioner employs science, empathy, compassion, and courage to drive action and create real change.
At Adler, we apply this understanding of social responsibility to our programs, offerings, commitments, and the development of the university itself.
Doing is Learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real-world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given several civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After this, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.
It’s time to roll your sleeves up.
At the end of every day, you will know what you did, the difference you can make, and why you are here.
Time is designated throughout the year to discuss Adler University’s annual common book. Students, faculty and staff are invited to read a specific work of fiction related to social justice issues and come prepared to discuss and share their reactions with their fellow colleagues and in some cases, the author. For instance, author Rebecca Makkai joined the Adler community to discuss her book, “The Great Believers,” a story about the impact the 1980’s AIDS crisis in Chicago made on the community as well as its residual effects on the contemporary lives of the survivors and their loved ones.
Building a more just society, takes time, effort and collaboration. At Adler University, we take time throughout the year to reflect on our mission and discuss social justice issues as a community.
Students are invited to experience our Common Hour program. During this hour every week, thought leaders share their views and experiences on social injustice. No matter the topic or speaker, there are open and frank discussions that touch on some of society’s most pressing needs.
And every year, the University community comes together for an Annual Retreat and the Social Justice Summits. The entire program – from speakers, to breakout sessions, and the discussion topics – is designed for reflection and learning as we work together to advance our mission.
At Adler University, social justice is more than our area of focus – it’s deeply woven into who we are.
We’re never satisfied with the status quo – we’re always looking to improve the student experience using reliable and unbiased institutional data. Adler University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) plays a vital role in this endeavor by providing and conducting high-quality research and analysis that inform continuous improvement to the student learning experience.
Our dedicated OIE team plays a vital role at Adler University, from supporting program accreditation to informing University priorities and action plans.
Adler University is honored to announce this year’s commencement keynote speakers, two inspiring social justice advocates who will address the 2019 master’s and doctoral graduates at ceremonies in Vancouver and Chicago.
Jordan Pickell, M.C.P. '13, is a sexual assault counsellor at Vancouver's Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW) Rape Crisis Centre.