Raising $10 Million for the University’s First Campaign for Social Justice

Public Figures in Vancouver and Chicago Celebrate Campaign Launch

Fall 2019

Adler University alumni, students, faculty, and staff are agents of change, advancing social justice in their communities around the globe. But in a world where injustice and inequality are on the rise, we know we need to do more.

That’s why we launched our first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign to enable us to educate more socially responsible practitioners across our three campuses who can be catalysts for change in their communities and beyond.

The Campaign for Social Justice aims to raise $10 million to provide student scholarships, to create innovative solutions to social problems, to support the groundbreaking work of our faculty, and to fund capital projects at our Chicago and Vancouver campuses that support our students and mission-focused work. To date, the campaign has raised $8.6 million.

“After garnering generous pledges from friends of the University for the past few years, we are now moving to the public-facing phase of the campaign,” said David Sinski, Trustee and Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee. “We know there are many more people who share our values and are concerned about health crises and the rising inequality in our communities. In the next year, the Board of Trustees will be sharing the Adler University story with new audiences and asking them to support our mission to create a more just society.”

In May 2019, Adler University held three events to generate awareness of the campaign.

Adler University Trustee Betsey Brill, M.B.A, Rebecca Ginsburg, J.D., Ph.D. and President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., at the Chicago Campus event on May 16. Ginsburg received the Adler University Social Justice Visionary award for her work at the Education Justice Project.
David Sinski, Adler University Trustee and Chair of the Campaign Steering Committee addresses attendees at the Chicago Campus event on May 16.
Vancouver Campus students at the campaign launch event on May 30.
Attendees at the Vancouver Campus campaign launch event on May 30.

Alumni, supporters, and friends—including individuals from corporations, foundations, and government entities—attended a reception on the Chicago Campus. Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx, who also is a trustee of the University, spoke passionately about the importance of our work and our commitment to social justice.

In Vancouver, Bob Rennie, a successful real estate developer, hosted a dinner to introduce influential citizens to the University. The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, delivered powerful remarks about the importance of the University’s mission.

At a second event in Vancouver, students, faculty, staff, and community partners celebrated a gift dedicated to student scholarships by Udo Erasmus, M.A. ‘88. The $500,000 pledge was the largest ever received by the Vancouver Campus.

The lobby of the Vancouver Campus was renamed the Erasmus Mosak Lobby, in recognition of Erasmus’ gift and University co-founder (and one of Erasmus’ teachers) Harold Mosak.