Initiatives

Creating dialogue on issues related to 
social justice and social responsibility.

Creating dialogue on issues related to
social justice and social responsibility.

Socially Responsible Practice Project

The most contemporary translation of our legacy is educating socially responsible practitioners who are relevant, flexible, and multiskilled enough to work in and improve a complex, diverse, and changing world. Socially responsible practice is the careful translation of our Adlerian heritage. This practice lives in our culture, curricula, expected student competencies, Institutes, and the ways in which we engage communities. We believe we are doing visionary and exceptional work in this area. And we can do a better job; our legacy demands that we do.

Because of this, we launched the Socially Responsible Practice Project (SRP Project) Project as an initiative of our Strategic Plan. The goal of the SRP Project was to reflect on our organizational core competency of socially responsible practice toward developing better alignment in what we mean by socially responsible practice—which will improve our ongoing efforts of graduating socially responsible practitioners. Through a year-long schedule of conversations, events, and activities, our faculty, staff, students, and alumni from Chicago and Vancouver discussed and debated socially responsible practice, expressing perspectives in academic ways as well as through experiential means such as art and music.

The outcomes of this yearlong conversation are articulated in “The Socially Responsible Practice Project” White Paper, published in October 2012 as we celebrated our 60th Anniversary. This report serves to strengthen our collective understanding of socially responsible practice—as the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, health communities, and a more just society.

Read “The Socially Responsible Practice Project” here.

Common Book Program

In 2010, Adler University launched the Common Book Program to develop community by creating dialogue across multiple constituencies on issues related to social justice and social responsibility.

2017 marks the seventh year of Adler University's Common Book Program. This year's selection is God Help The Child, written by Toni Morrison.

Book description: Addressing childhood trauma and issues around race and sexuality, God Help The Child tells the story of a young woman named Bride and her journey to come to terms with her childhood. This fall, the University will launch a schedule of programming around God Help The Child and the themes it explores as we promote conversations across the Adler community.

If you have questions regarding our Common Book Program, please email us.