Patricia Harris and Hillary Clinton

Roosevelt University honored Hillary Clinton for her lifetime commitment to social justice with the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Social Justice Award on Oct. 30 at the Auditorium Theatre.

Roosevelt University officials, including Board of Trustees Chair Patricia Harris, presented the award on stage at the theatre following Clinton’s public appearance for her book tour and new book, What Happened.

"Your life’s work resonates with Eleanor Roosevelt’s statement that ‘We must be able to show people that democracy is not about words, but action,’” Roosevelt University President Ali R. Malekzadeh said in honoring Clinton.

Since its founding in 1945, Roosevelt University has been committed to education for democracy, citizenship and social justice.  The University was named for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who was chair of the University’s first advisory board.  She dedicated the University to “the enlightenment of the human spirit – through the constant search for truth, and to the growth of the human spirit through knowledge, understanding and good will.”

“We are proud of our legacy and our history – and we are proud that you are the first recipient of this award in Eleanor Roosevelt’s name,” Malekzadeh said.

Roosevelt University, a private institution founded in 1945 on the principles of inclusion and social justice, has more than 4,500 students in five colleges. With campuses in the Chicago Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg, Roosevelt offers 70 undergraduate and 40 graduate programs across five colleges and online, including arts and sciences, business, performing arts, education and pharmacy. Roosevelt has been ranked the third most racially diverse private university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report – Best Colleges Rankings. For more information, visit www.roosevelt.edu

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