From Classrooms to Communities

President Crossman reflects on how we can create the strong community envisioned by Alfred Adler

Fall 2019

The Adlerian lessons we teach in our classrooms at the Chicago, Vancouver, and Online campuses have a ripple effect as our students and alumni apply what they learn around the globe. This issue of Social Change highlights Adler University community members who effect changes that benefit entire communities.

In Panama, a group of Chicago Campus students and faculty joined Floating Doctors for two weeks to provide mental health services to hard-to-reach communities. By learning about the communities’ cultures and strengths, our students were able to research how Floating Doctors could provide mental health care on an ongoing basis.

Our Vancouver Campus is partnering with Indigenous peoples on an initiative to create a welcoming and supportive environment for First Nations students, faculty, and staff. Efforts include working with Indigenous community organizations to provide practicum opportunities for students and employing Elders to review final exams of First Nations students in the art therapy program. We know we have more work to do in this area, and these are important steps on the long road to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada.

In this issue, you’ll also read about our community members transforming the criminal justice system, combatting systems of inequality in the workplace, and addressing the root causes of injustice through public service.

Our students, alumni, faculty, and staff are implementing systemic changes that we as Adlerians know are crucial to breaking down barriers faced by marginalized and oppressed communities. It is stories such as these that keep me hopeful in the face of daily news updates that bring more injustice and inequality to light. Together we can create the community that Alfred Adler envisioned—one that promotes the health and happiness of all of us.


Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D.