Dedicated to the Enlightenment of the Human Spirit
Seventy-five years ago, Roosevelt University was born when a visionary leader and 62 faculty members bravely stood up against the norms of exclusion in favor of inclusion. They founded Roosevelt University as a place for all to belong, regardless of background. This year we proudly celebrate 75 years of diversity, inclusivity and equity. We celebrate our legacy of belonging.
Join us for a series of activities, lectures and performances during the yearlong celebration.
“Charting a Future Course in Higher Education”
Tuesday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Maggiano’s, 111 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL
This conversation featuring Roosevelt University President Ali Malekzadeh and Robert Morris University Illinois President Mablene Krueger will explore the current and future realities in higher education, focusing on the evolving landscape that has forced many universities to reimagine how they do business. Robert H. Jordan Jr., a Roosevelt alum and former weekend anchor for WGN-TV, will moderate the discussion.
Day of Celebration
Friday, April 24
Join fellow alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends as we celebrate 75 years of Roosevelt University milestones. The day’s events include a reenactment of the historic 1945 walkout, a birthday luncheon, interactive sessions led by expert faculty, and a University-wide alumni reception and awards ceremony.
The application for the 2020 Alumni Awards is open until Friday, February 28.
1945 Walk-Out Reenactment & Birthday Celebration
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Alumni Reception & Awards Ceremony
5th Annual American Dream Reconsidered Conference
Monday to Friday, September 14–18
The conference features keynote speaker Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Registration will open April 1.
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75 Years, 75 Stories
Discover the groundbreaking scholars, business leaders, activists and performing legends who built Roosevelt’s legacy. Throughout 2020, we’ll publish 75 stories of faculty members, alumni and major events — one for each year of Roosevelt’s history.
When the board told Edward Sparling to prepare a racial and religious census of the student body, he refused, saying, “We don’t count that way.” The board demanded his resignation.
Edwin Turner founded the Roosevelt athletics department and personally coached basketball, bowling, soccer, softball, track, tennis and golf. At the time, he was the only black coach of an integrated college basketball team in the country.
In a campaign speech, Harold Washington once said: “In the future when you ask me, ‘What are you really like, Mayor Washington?’ I’m going to say, ‘Go over to Roosevelt University. I’m like them.’”
Help us celebrate Roosevelt’s rich legacy by making a gift in honor of our 75th anniversary. Your contribution will help ensure our students’ success through scholarships and other student-focused initiatives.