DePaul University – 2013 50 Out Front for Diversity Leadership


DePaul University #18

Chicago, IL
4,458 employees
CEO: Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, PhD.
CDE: Elizabeth Ortiz,Ed.D

Diversity Mission: DePaul University’s 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.

With 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States. Diversity is part of the university’s history and a core value. University officials note that its primary tasks are to prepare students to live and work in a global multicultural world and knowledge production through teaching and research. “If we do not prepare our students for a diverse future or incorporate diversity in our teaching and research agenda, we will fail in our mission,” officials noted in their submission. DePaul employs processes to build a more diverse and globally aware university community sustained by an inclusive, supportive campus climate. They strive to ensure that greater diversity of race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, faith, place of origin, life experience, political perspective and economic condition deepens the educational experience of every student and enriches the work life of every employee.