For the second consecutive year, the Adler School of Professional Psychology has been recognized as the nation’s only independent graduate school achieving 4.5 stars or higher out of 5 stars possible on the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
The index serves as a national assessment for higher education campuses to benchmark policies, programs, and practices that are inclusive and welcoming of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and allies. It is produced through Campus Pride, a national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBT-friendly learning environments at colleges and universities,
“This recognition means the Adler School provides a national inclusivity model for LGBTQ students at the graduate level,” said Kevin A. Osten-Garner, Psy.D., Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Division of Training and Community Engagement and Training. Osten-Garner also serves as founding Director of the Adler School’s LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center.
The School achieved five-star ratings on the index’s criteria for:
- LGBT support & institutional commitment, including its LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center and advisory committee, and inclusion of sexual orientation in community, multicultural, and diversity discussions, programs, policies, and practices.
- LGBT student life, including regular continuing education and programs on a range of topics related to gender and sexual minorities, and initiatives through the student-led Gender and Sexual Equality Coalition and S.W.A.G. (Sexual Wellness and Advocacy Group).
Also recognized are the School’s student mentoring; inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression issues in new student orientations; faculty competence; and policies and benefits for LGBTQ employees.
In addition, Osten-Garner said, “We do not believe in sectioning out LGBT studies in our degree programs. We have taken important academic steps to ensure steady progress is being made towards comprehensive gender and sexual minority inclusion throughout our curriculum—incorporating LGBTQ issues in most required courses as well as electives.
“To be a culturally competent and socially responsible practitioner, it is mandatory to learn about, and how to work with, LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities. We make this clear to prospective students from their first open house and throughout their Adler School experience: Learning about gender and sexual minorities will be a focus of their studies regardless of the degree they pursue.”
In March, students and faculty through the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center also launched the LGBTQ Services Directory (www.chicagolgbtservices.org) as a service to the greater Chicago LGBTQ community. The community resource was developed through a collaborative effort among the Center, students and the School’s Information Technology team. The website has attracted users from more than 36 states and 38 countries spanning all continents except Antarctica.
About the LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center
The LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center at the Adler School of Professional Psychology serves as a leader in educating and training culturally-competent clinicians in social justice and service delivery for sexual-orientation and gender-variant minorities. Through education, community engagement and research, the Center works to advance the wellness and quality of life for sexual orientation and gender variant minorities on individual and systemic levels. Learn more at adler.edu/LGBTQ..
About the Adler School
The Adler School is founded on an important idea: Our health resides in our community life and connections. This is what drives the School’s groundbreaking curricula and commitment to social responsibility. Founded in 1952, the Adler School today enrolls more than 1,200 students in doctoral and master’s degree programs and offerings—many of them nationally recognized—at its campuses in Chicago, Illinois, and Vancouver, British Columbia, and through Adler Online. Its mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. For information, visit adler.edu.
Kim McCullough, Director of Communications
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