Elizabeth Ortiz, Ed.D, 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 at Northern Illinois University. Her college and university experience spans over 30 years in both the public and private sector to include both private and public higher education. She has worked on diversity initiatives in several areas including recruitment, retention, training, programming, and climate issues for diverse students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Ortiz also has worked extensively on issues of higher education. She is a sought out consultant, lecturer, and workshop presenter on diversity issues and best practices.
Her professional service includes serving on community and professional boards, which emphasize multiculturalism, and recruitment and retention initiatives for diverse student and workforce populations. She currently serves as the First 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). She earned her masters and doctorate at Northern Illinois University in Higher Education Leadership Policy and her bachelor’s degree in Business Management at Calumet College of St. Joseph.