Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Mission: Building on Roosevelt University’s core values, historical origins, and best practices, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will mobilize creative approaches to advise, support and foster diversity, equity, inclusion and opportunity toward a cultural shift essential to social justice and the experiences of our community.

Our History

75 years ago, Roosevelt University was born when a visionary leader and 62 faculty members had the guts to go against the norms of exclusion in favor of inclusion. They went against the discriminatory practices of higher education in 1945. When asked to limit access because of race, religion and gender, they simply said, “We don’t count that way.” Our history is grounded in courage, acceptance and a commitment to social justice.

Our Present

Roosevelt’s institutional culture, mission and current strategic plan stem from this commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access on which the university was founded. The university has championed social and racial justice since its beginnings and continues in this spirit today. Roosevelt’s view of justice is based in a belief that fairness, honesty, integrity, equity, and critical agency should resonate throughout every institution within a civil society.

Related News

Diversity, equity and inclusion are constant themes throughout everything that happens at Roosevelt. Browse our recent news stories for a glimpse into DEI in action at the University.

Particiapants in the 3rd Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Brunch, April 2024

Attendees were treated to student performances, an award presentation and the rousing remarks of featured guest Julieanna L. Richardson.

Participants in 2024 DEI Day

The day was focused on expanding educational accessibility by inviting outside speakers and highlighting the successes of Roosevelt’s DEI committees.

Charles Hamilton

The Roosevelt University community mourns the passing and celebrates the life of civil rights leader, political scientist and alumni Charles V. Hamilton.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion