DePaul University – 2012 50 Out Front # 19


DePaul University

Chicago, IL
1,819 full and part-time employees; 25, 398 students
CEO: Dennis Holtschneider
CDE: Elizabeth F. Ortiz

Diversity mission: Our vision is to achieve a truly diverse environment that reflects our collective values. Our work, programs, and initiatives will reflect this commitment to promoting change, equal opportunity, social justice, celebrating and fostering diversity, the recruitment and retention of diverse constituencies, and building a community that values and respects the differences and commonalities that each and every individual brings to DePaul. We will continue to strive to prepare our community to effectively navigate the opportunities and challenges of Chicago and beyond.

DePaul believes, as part of its basic core values that a diverse workforce and educational environment are directly related to the success of the institution and essential in preparing students to participate in today’s diverse workplace. Minority students make up approximately 36% of the most recent freshman class. Nearly 18% of the class is Hispanic, 8% African-American, and 7% Asian. The Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity provides professional development training. The President’s Diversity Council (PDC) brings together leaders from identified constituency groups to initiate cooperative programs and opportunities for multicultural dialogue. The school’s cultural center is the hub for culturally oriented programs/services for students, faculty, staff, and the general public. It also offers financial support for cultural/ethnic student organizations representing African-American, American Indian, Asian, Ethnic Greek, GLBT, Jewish, Hispanic, and Muslim populations, offering opportunities to interact with and learn about people from different racial, ethnic, and/or cultural backgrounds outside of the classroom. The university is in the process of building best practices to review its diversity strategies.