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Elizabeth Ortiz, EdD, joined DePaul University in 2002 and is currently the vice president of
Institutional Diversity and Equity. Serving 18 years as a Senior Diversity Executive Officer, Dr.
Ortiz has implemented institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion policies, programs, and
initiatives. Before joining DePaul, she was the director of Affirmative Action and Diversity at
Northern Illinois University. Her college and university experience spans more than 35 years in
both public and private higher education. She has worked on diversity initiatives in several areas
including recruitment, retention, training, programming, and addressing climate issues for
diverse students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. Ortiz has also worked extensively on higher education issues and building institutional
capacity to address structural racism. Throughout her extensive career, she has worked with
educators, policy leaders, community representatives, and others committed to diversity, equity,
and inclusion (DEI) in higher education. She is a sought-out consultant, lecturer, and workshop
presenter on DEI issues and operationalizing organizational DEI strategy.
Her professional service includes community and professional boards, emphasizing DEI best
practices in recruitment and retention initiatives for diverse student and workforce populations. Dr. Ortiz currently serves on the board of The Illinois African-American and Latino Higher
Education Alliance (IALHE), is on the board 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 has a bachelor’s degree in business management from Calumet
College of St. Joseph’s, and a master’s and doctorate from Northern Illinois University in
Leadership and Educational Policy Studies.
Dr. Ortiz has participated in several leadership fellowships to include the 2015 American
Council of Education and a 2019 HACU Liderazgo Fellowships. She has been awarded
numerous awards for her service to include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Excellence in
Leadership Award for Educational Change by the Illinois Commission on Diversity and Human
Relations, Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Illinois by the National Diversity Council,
the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, and was honored as a "Who's Who in Hispanic
Chicago" in the Education Category in 2014, 2015, and 2019.