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Dr. Elizabeth Ortiz

  • Vice President
  • (312) 362-6872

Elizabeth Ortiz, EdD, 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 more than 30 years in both the public and private sector, including the Chicago community college system. She has worked on diversity initiatives in several areas,  including recruitment, retention, training, programming and climate issues for diverse students, faculty and staff. Ortiz also has worked extensively in issues of higher education and in particular raising awareness for Latino educators, policy leaders, community representatives and others who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of higher education. She is a sought-out consultant, lecturer and workshop presenter on diversity issues and best practices.

Her professional service includes community and professional boards, which emphasize multiculturalism, and recruitment and retention initiatives for diverse student and workforce populations. Liz currently serves on the board of The Illinois African-American and Latino Higher Education Alliance (IALHE), is the Vice President 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).​​