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.

Click here to read “The Socially Responsible Practice Project.”

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.

2016 marks the seventh year of the Common Book Program and this year's selection is For Today I Am A Boy, written by Canadian author Kim Fu.

Book description: At birth, Peter Huang is given the Chinese name Juan Chaun, “powerful king.” To his parents, newly settled in small-town Ontario, he is the exalted only son in a sea of daughters, the one who will finally fulfill his immigrant father’s dreams of Western masculinity. Peter and his sisters grow up in an airless house of order and obligation, though secrets and half-truths simmer beneath the surface. At the first opportunity, each of the girls lights out on her own. But for Peter, escape is not as simple as fleeing his parents’ home. Though his father crowned him “powerful king,” Peter knows otherwise. He knows he is really a girl. With the help of his far-flung sisters and the sympathetic souls he finds along the way, Peter inches ever closer to his own life, his own skin, in this darkly funny, emotionally acute, stunningly powerful debut.

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