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Our University’s namesake Alfred Adler advanced the revolutionary idea that responsible practitioners must advocate to change the social conditions that affect community health and well-being. We do, too. Our resources and articles explore how responsible practitioners are addressing today’s complex community and global issues.

What’s Changing for Nonprofit Managers: 7 Questions with Leslie Starsoneck

The nonprofit sector is growing more quickly than the private sector, according to the U.S. government, and that development makes nonprofits one of the most vital components of American society. We asked Leslie Starsoneck, interim director of the M.A. in Nonprofit Management program at Adler University, to talk about the pressures facing today’s nonprofit managers. They may…

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What is a Victim Advocate?

For crime victims, the terror, grief, anger, confusion, depression, and guilt can last for months and years after the crime. And they often have to navigate the complexities of the legal system even as they struggle with these emotional traumas. Victim advocates are professionals trained to support crime victims by helping them cope with stress…

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How Veteran Support Programs Are Evolving for Military-Connected Students

Veteran support programs on campuses nationwide are becoming better integrated in all areas—academics, administrative, career planning, mental health and disability, and social support services, says retired U.S. Navy captain Barton Buechner, Ph.D., an expert on student veteran transitions who teaches in the M.A. in Psychology: Specialization in Military Psychology program at Adler University. Dr. Buechner,…

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One Person, One Media Image: How You Can Influence Social Change

The release of video showing the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago has generated national and international headlines, outrage, and demand for reform. It also generates a powerful example of media’s power to influence social change, says Davina Jones, Ph.D., communications expert, and director of the M.A. in Media and Communications program…

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Flexibility Prepared I/O Psychology Graduate for Competitive Talent Acquisition Job

Adler University graduate Sahil Shah feels lucky he could put his education at the forefront of his work-life responsibilities, while splitting his time between the United States and India. Shah earned his online M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2014, and is working in talent acquisition for Baxalta, a global biopharmaceutical company. We spoke…

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In the Service of Others: Why One Student Chose Emergency Management Leadership

Even though Stefan Kljajic, a first-year graduate student pursing an online M.A. in Emergency Management Leadership through Adler University, was prepared for his interview, he asked if he could call back in an hour or so. Kljajic had witnessed a car accident on the freeway and pulled over to help. Kljajic’s steadfast demeanor and readiness…

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Why Earn a Degree in Nonprofit Management?

You see the world needs change, but more than just a yearning, you’d like to put your thoughts into action. Maybe you’re planning on forming a nonprofit organization, or you’d like to join one that’s established. The question is, how do you start? One way is with a master’s degree in nonprofit management. An advanced…

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How Do We Define Socially Responsible Practitioners?

Adler is based on the principle that we prepare students as socially responsible practitioners—educated to be effective personal and social change agents in the pursuit of justice. What does that mean? We talked to the faculty director of academic programs at our Online Campus to get their definitions of what socially responsible practice looks like…

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Transcending Time Zones: A Global Approach to Learning

Huda Masood earned her online M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Adler University in 2014. At the time she applied, she was living in Toronto, traveling frequently to Pakistan, and the mother of a 6-month-old girl. We spoke with Masood about her experience with online learning through Adler and how her I/O psychology degree…

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Fresh Lifelines for Youth: One Organization’s Answer to Juvenile Crime

Two decades ago, law student Christa Gannon was intent on becoming a prosecutor and locking away criminals for a long time. Her close friend in high school had been raped, which motivated her to attend law school at Northwestern University. While in school, she volunteered at a maximum security juvenile detention facility, and the stories…

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