Elizabeth Ortiz joined DePaul University in 2002 and is currently the vice president of Institutional Diversity and Equity. Prior to her work at DePaul she was the director of Affirmative Action, Diversity and Employee Relations at Northern Illinois University. Her college and university experience spans over 20 years in both the public and private sectors, including the Chicago community college system. She has worked on diversity initiatives, focusing on recruitment and retention, training, programming and climate issues for diverse students, faculty and staff. She is a sought-out consultant, lecturer and workshop presenter on diversity issues and best practices.
Dr. Ortiz also has worked extensively on issues of higher education, particularly in raising awareness for Latino students, educators, community representatives and others who are committed to Latino representation and advancement in all aspects of higher education.
Dr. Ortiz received her BS in Business Administration from Calumet College of St. Joseph's, and a MS in Adult Continuing Education as well as an Ed.D from Northern Illinois University. She currently serves on the board of Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI), the Illinois African-American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHE), is treasurer of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), and is the past-president of the Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE).