Join us virtually to recognize Roosevelt University’s 75-year anniversary. From the Presidents Panel to special guest Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
and a variety of webinars, we will be celebrating our legacy
November 12–19, 2020.
Note: There is a separate registration form for the meet-the-author
event on Monday, November 12.
Virtual link is forthcoming
Join us for a historic look at Roosevelt University as President Ali Malekzadeh and former presidents Chuck Middleton and Theodore Gross share their experiences leading this unique institution.
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, granddaughter of Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, will make a special appearance to reenact her grandmother’s dedication address delivered to the University in 1945.
Moderator: Lynn Weiner, University historian and professor emerita of history
The Union League Club of Chicago is pleased to partner with Roosevelt University for an unforgettable virtual event with bestselling author David Michaelis. The acclaimed biographer will discuss his book, Eleanor. In his book, Michaelis delivers a stunning account of Eleanor Roosevelt’s remarkable life of transformation.
Moderator: Margaret Rung, Roosevelt University Professor of History and Director of the Center for New Deal Studies
Ticket Cost – $10. All proceeds will be directed to the Union League Club’s three foundations: the Chicago Boys & Girls Club, Luminarts Foundation and the Chicago Engineer’s Foundation.
The President of the Boys & Girls Club, Mary Ann Huels, is a Roosevelt alum. Likewise Kathleen Hurley, Authors Group Manager of the Union League Club, is also an alum.
Presenter: Christopher Anne Robinson-Easley, Roosevelt University Clinical Professor of Organizational Leadership
In addition to facing a pandemic, our country is witnessing increased racism and resulting actions that express hatred towards people who are different; actions that are seriously dividing our country. Yet, when we intentionally design and implement change strategies that move us beyond the constructs of “managing diversity,” we can build communities that truly value humanity.
Dr. Robinson-Easley will walk the audience through underlying tenets of “how” at the individual as well as organizational levels. Dr. Robinson-Easley has worked in, presented and published on the topic of diversity and related areas for over twenty years. This presentation is based on her 2014 book Beyond Diversity and Intercultural Management, published by Palgrave Macmillan, and her recent work presented this past July to the European Group for Organizational Studies.
The Women’s Leadership Council is reading White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. During this virtual meet-up, participants will discuss key themes of the book and break out into small groups to have meaningful dialogue. Join us to be involved in the important national conversation on race.
Roosevelt’s 2020 alumni award honorees will be celebrated for their accomplishments during a virtual recognition. Join staff, faculty, alumni and guests to honor our esteemed alumni.
Recognize the awardees with a kudos or words of encouragement to be shared during the event.
The Black Alumni Association will host its first event during our anniversary celebration. The association is as part of the University’s commitment to social justice with a mission to help ensure that Black students and alumni have equal opportunities to succeed, both personally and professionally.
Ameshia Cross, political commentator and Roosevelt alumna, will discuss her journey to become a leader in advocacy, public policy and progressive politics.
Following the discussion, all guests are encouraged to grab their favorite beverage and mingle with other guests in breakout rooms.
Keynote Speaker: Ameshia Cross, Political Commentator and Analyst, Sinclair Broadcasting Group
Moderator: Jeri Bingham, Marketing Communications Strategist, Multimedia Brand Journalist, Founder and Podcast Host of HushLoudly
Workshop: Meditation and Mindfulness for Social Justice Activists, by the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice
Presenter: Leila Ellis-Nelson, Roosevelt University Professor of Psychology
Dr. Leila Ellis-Nelson will explore the social justice implications of meditation and mindfulness as mental health care practices across different communities. Participants will engage in small-group facilitated discussions that will focus on applying the presented concepts and strategies and will leave with resources for further engagement and connection.