WBEZ | Elmhurst College http://www.wbez.org/tags/elmhurst-college Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Michael Phillips: Why Go to the Movies? http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/michael-phillips-why-go-movies-107086 <p><p>In an age when any blockbuster or indie film can be summoned up to your computer, TV or smart phone, are we witnessing the end of a favorite American pastime&mdash;going to the movies? On Thursday, April 25, <em>Chicago Tribune</em>&nbsp;film critic <strong>Michael Phillips</strong> explored film-industry trends, the impact of technology, and what it all means for Hollywood and the rest of us.</p><div>In addition to his work at the <em>Tribune</em>, Phillips was co-host of the long-running, nationally syndicated TV show &quot;At the Movies&quot; in its final season, after filling in for host Roger Ebert off and on since 2006. Phillips also covers movies for CLTV and can be heard most Fridays on WGN-AM. He guest-hosted the popular Filmspotting podcast (broadcast on WBEZ-91.5 FM), and has been a guest on a variety of programs including &quot;Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,&quot; &ldquo;Entourage,&quot; &quot;The View,&quot; &quot;Charlie Rose,&quot; BBC radio, MSNBC and Chicago&#39;s ABC-TV Channel 7.</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_16.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live on April 25, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 15:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/michael-phillips-why-go-movies-107086 Deborah Lipstadt: The Eichmann Trial http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/deborah-lipstadt-eichmann-trial-106568 <p><p>The capture of Nazi leader <strong>Adolf Eichmann</strong> in 1960 in Argentina, and his subsequent trial by an Israeli court, electrified the world and sparked an international debate over how and by whom Nazi war criminals should be brought to justice.</p><div>Award-winning historian <strong>Deborah E. Lipstadt</strong>&rsquo;s 2011 book, &quot;<em>The Eichmann Trial</em>,&quot; examines not only the trial but also the dramatic effect that Holocaust survivors&rsquo; courtroom testimony had on a world that until then had commemorated the Holocaust without fully understanding what the victims and survivors actually had experienced.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lipstadt is the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, and the author of several books on the Holocaust, including &quot;<em>History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier</em>&quot; and &quot;<em>Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory</em>.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The &quot;New York Times Book Review&quot; described Lipstadt as having &ldquo;done a great service by&hellip; recovering the event as a gripping legal drama, as well as a hinge moment in Israel&rsquo;s history and in the world&rsquo;s delayed awakening to the magnitude of the Holocaust.&rdquo;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Lipstadt was a historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. In 2012 President Obama reappointed her to the U.S. Holocaust Council.<br />&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_15.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/deborah-lipstadt-eichmann-trial-106568 Jose Antonio Vargas: My Undocumented Life http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jose-antonio-vargas-my-undocumented-life-106446 <p><p>Over his 15 years as a journalist, <strong>Jose Antonio Vargas</strong> interviewed some of the most accomplished people in America, and shared in a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. For 14 of those years, he hid the fact that he is an undocumented immigrant, &quot;living in a different kind of reality, relying on a sort of 21st-century underground railroad of supporters, people who took an interest in my future and took risks for me.&quot;&nbsp;</p><div>Vargas presented My Undocumented Life, part of the Rudolf G. Schade Lecture Series, at Elmhurst College.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A rising-star journalist, Vargas was writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country, including &quot;The Washington Post,&quot; &quot;Rolling Stone&quot; and &quot;The New Yorker.&quot; In 2007, the daily journal &quot;Politico&quot; named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch. All the while, Vargas was leading a double life, hiding the fact that he was an undocumented immigrant.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;This deceit never got easier,&quot; he said. &quot;The more I did it, the more I felt like an impostor, the more guilt I carried &mdash; and the more I worried that I would get caught.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the summer of 2011, 18 years after arriving in America, Vargas exposed his story in his groundbreaking essay, My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant, for the &quot;New York Times Magazine.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Today, Vargas runs Define American, a non-profit organization that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Elmhurst College is a leading liberal arts college located eight miles west of Chicago. The College&rsquo;s mission is to prepare its students for meaningful and ethical work in a multicultural, global society. Approximately 3,400</div><div>full- and part-time students are enrolled in its 23 undergraduate academic departments and 10 graduate degree programs.</div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_13.jpg" title="" /></div><p>Recorded live Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 10:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jose-antonio-vargas-my-undocumented-life-106446 Sustainable Justice for Marginalized Communities http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sustainable-justice-marginalized-communities-106539 <p><p><strong>Sylvia Hood Washington</strong>&rsquo;s pioneering book, &quot;<em>Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954</em>,&quot; documents how generations of Chicago&#39;s poor, working class and ethnic minority residents have suffered disproportionately from the harmful effects of pollution.</p><div>Washington teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and recently was appointed by Governor <strong>Pat Quinn</strong> to sit on Illinois&rsquo; first Environmental Justice Commission. She also is the founder of and chief environmental research scientist for Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As an environmental epidemiologist, engineer and historian, Washington has spent decades researching the impact of industrial pollution on human health and ecosystems. She also consults regularly with environmental law firms and grass roots community groups to help them understand the history and impact of industrial operations, transportation systems and municipal planning on human health and environmental health disparities.<br />&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_14.jpg" title="" /></div></div><p>Recorded live Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</p></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 11:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/sustainable-justice-marginalized-communities-106539 Jobs, Education and the Economy: The Elmhurst College Governmental Forum http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jobs-education-and-economy-elmhurst-college-governmental-forum-105593 <p><p>On January 30, days after President Barack Obama begins his second term, four of the region&rsquo;s foremost corporate leaders discussed the economic landscape and how our workforce can succeed in it, during the Sixth Annual Elmhurst College Governmental Forum.<br /><br />The topic of this year&rsquo;s Forum was &quot;Jobs, Education and the Economy.&quot; Moderating the event was&nbsp;<strong>John Engler</strong>, a former three-term governor of Michigan and, as president of the Business Roundtable, leader of the foremost CEO association in the country. The key presenters at the Forum were Caterpillar Inc. chairman and CEO <strong>Douglas R. Oberhelman</strong>, Johnson Publishing CEO <strong>Desiree Rogers</strong>; and TMX Group CEO <strong>Thomas A. Kloet</strong>, who also serves on the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees.</p><p><strong>Part One</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79834927" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>Part Two</strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79836320" width="100%"></iframe></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/EC-webstory_12.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Recorded Thursday, January 30, 2013 at Elmhurst College.</div><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/jobs-education-and-economy-elmhurst-college-governmental-forum-105593 Race Out Loud: Cherokee values at Elmhurst College http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/race-out-loud-cherokee-values-elmhurst-college-102024 <p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1346262017-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/120830%20Alan%20Ray%20web.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/017%20Elmhurst%20College%20photo%20by%20Bill%20Healy-WBEZ.JPG" title="Elmhurst College President S. Alan Ray (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" /></div><p><a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/about">Elmhurst College</a> is pretty much postcard perfect--just how you&rsquo;d imagine a liberal arts school would look. At the center of campus is a small mall, bordered by a trim row of student housing. On the late summer day I visited, everything was lush and green. And quiet - students were still on summer break.</p><p>From many points on campus you can see the spire of Hammerschmidt Chapel, a towering reminder of Elmhurst&rsquo;s religious roots. Inside the lobby of Lehmann Hall is a tile mosaic inscribed with the Elmhurst motto: &ldquo;An ever widening circle.&rdquo; It was adopted in the 1920s by an Elmhurst president. But the mosaic also reflects the man currently in charge, <a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/president">S. Alan Ray.</a></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" an="" bill="" class="image-original_image" ever="" mosaic="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/1_6.jpg" style="float: right;" title="" wbez="" widening="" /></div><p>&quot;The Cherokee motifs are in the corners, the triangles you see in the corners,&quot; says Ray. &quot;This is typical Cherokee scroll work that you would see&hellip;oh, in any number of fabrics or bolo neck ties.&quot;</p><p>Ray became the 13th president of Elmhurst College in 2008. He&rsquo;s a native of Oklahoma and a product of some of the most prestigious institutions of learning in the United States, including Harvard Law School. But he was born to a young woman from a very different world.</p><p>&quot;Her family I&rsquo;ve since come to learn a bit about was a traditional Cherokee home, Cherokee was spoken. And I&rsquo;ve often thought how my life would be different if I had grown up in that circumstance rather than the one that I did.&quot;</p><p>Ray&rsquo;s birth mother, a member of the Cherokee Nation, gave him up for adoption when he was an infant. From what he&rsquo;s learned she was very young and unmarried. It was the mid-1950s and so, like many Indian children at the time, Ray was adopted by a white couple. Their&nbsp; names: Stephen and Dorothea Ray.</p><p>A visibly emotional Ray told me, &quot;My mother is one of my heroes in life.&quot; His&nbsp;father died when he was 5, and Dorothea Ray had to go back to school, find work. But Ray is most proud of the stand she took in their small town of Guthrie, Oklahoma.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/C_0.jpg" style="float: left;" title="(WBEZ/Bill Healy)" /></div><p>Ray says &quot;It was essentially segregated. The African Americans went to one school on one side of the town, where they lived. And white students went to another. My mother volunteered to teach the students in the African-American school. And she more importantly befriended her students and brought them to our house for a party, or several parties.Which was just unheard of and I think remarked upon in the neighborhood, that this was something crossing a color line. But that struck me, because she was a woman of great principle, and she interpreted her gestures not as some civil rights gesture, but as basic fairness and care and compassion for persons under her charge.&quot;</p><p>Dorothea Ray also transformed Ray&rsquo;s life. Early on she told him he was adopted and of Cherokee descent. And she managed to open his adoption records &ndash; no easy feat back then - so he could legally claim his heritage.&nbsp;What she couldn&rsquo;t do was prepare Ray for the way others would view him.</p><p>&quot;I remember in one case, I think I was in 7th grade, I was with some of my closest friends,&quot; says Ray. &quot;And I shared with them that I was adopted and I was Cherokee. And I had not done that previously and it was not a big deal to me, I just wanted to share this with them because I thought it was interesting. And I began to be called a redskin, you know I was an Indian. It was deeply pejorative and that surprised me.&quot;</p><p>Ray is light skinned and blue eyed.&nbsp;Many would not recognize him as Cherokee. He says, sometimes when people learned of his background their perception of him changed.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/E.jpg" style="float: right;" title="(WBEZ/Bill Healy)" /></p><p>&quot;These negative characteristics of idleness, alcoholism, dysfunction, dark skin, various physical features are negatively valued and once one identifies as Native American, those are ascribed to them as they were to me, even those it was physically impossible to recognize me as that, in all respects.&quot;</p><p>The prejudice didn&rsquo;t make Ray reject his identity. But he wasn&rsquo;t up for the role of model minority either. Instead, he says &quot;What I did think was that I&rsquo;m going to teach you what it is to be this Native American. And what it is to be this Native American, for me, is to be a Cherokee.&quot;</p><p>From the start, Ray made his Cherokee heritage a part of his role at Elmhurst. At his inauguration, there was Native American music, drumming, and smudging, a purification ritual. Ray invited other Indian leaders, including the Reverend Rosemary McCombs-Maxey &ndash; the first female Native American ordained by the United Church of Christ. McCombs is from the Creek Nation, historic rivals of the Cherokee. So some teasing was in order. In her remarks McCombs-Maxey quipped, &quot;I am showing you my credentials, hoping that my 11/16ths degree trumps your Cherokee blood quantum.&quot;</p><div class="image-insert-image ">Beyond ceremony, Ray is working to incorporate Native American studies across the Elmhurst curriculum, in subjects ranging from history to mathematics. He wants&nbsp;Elmhurst to be known as a place that values diversity, and he says there are signs that&rsquo;s happening, including an increase in minority enrollment.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">I spoke with Stanley Washington, who passed up going to a historically black college to come to Elmhurst.&nbsp; He says minority students are kind of in demand &ndash; he&rsquo;s had lots of leadership opportunities. But he also connects to the way Ray defies stereotypes. &quot;People make assumptions about me, I think,&quot; says Washington. &quot;You know they see me on the street they wouldn&rsquo;t assume that I&rsquo;m a student at Elmhurst College, that I&rsquo;m president of an organization. So I just think it makes people realize that there&rsquo;s no set look for success, there&rsquo;s no set look for doing well in life. He&rsquo;s a great example of that.&quot;</div><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ashley%20Patsis.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Ashley Patsis" />Maybe any good liberal arts education creates an appreciation for diversity. But Ray&rsquo;s initiatives have also changed the way some Elmhurst students think. Nursing student Ashley Patsis says she&#39;s been &quot;very pleasantly surprised&quot; by her experiences.&nbsp;</p><p>Each spring break nursing students can volunteer for service in the Cherokee nation. Last March Patsis worked with members of the Snowbird community in Tennessee. It was Patsis&#39; first time around Cherokee. &quot;I come from a really small not diverse community I think we&rsquo;re ninety-eight percent Caucasian,&quot; says Patsis. &quot;So for me you get a little resistant when you get into new cultures and things when you come from something that&rsquo;s so closed. But it just taught me to be so much more open and much less nervous to work with different communities and different types of people.&quot;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/s.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Detail of a Ga-Du-Gi mural (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" />What Patsis learned on her trip has the spirit of a Cherokee concept Ray introduced to the college. It&rsquo;s called &ldquo;ga-du-gi,&rdquo; and it means &ldquo;all working together,&rdquo; but in a very specific way. Ray says &quot;All working together is not a kind of a civic volunteerism. It is rather a fundamental and even religious obligation at some level, to see that the community of Cherokees is sustained and nurtured through whatever particular talents we have.&quot;</div><p>Ray says ga-du-gi is becoming more familiar around campus. But it takes constant effort. &quot;It&rsquo;s something I have to reintroduce all the time because our students come and go,&quot; says Ray. &quot;And it&rsquo;s also important that it not be something that&rsquo;s just sort of &#39;oh that&rsquo;s Alan&rsquo;s thing.&#39; But to try and continually interpret that as another way of understanding what our mission here is.&quot;</p><p>In a way what Ray is doing at Elmhurst College is what he did with his Cherokee heritage: join the team - or tribe, or institution. Then slowly, over time, define the experience on your own terms. And then pass it on. &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-08/race-out-loud-cherokee-values-elmhurst-college-102024 Mural restoration heartens Puerto Ricans http://www.wbez.org/story/mural-restoration-heartens-puerto-ricans-92248 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-21/mural-2_WBEZ_Chip-Mitchell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>One of the country’s oldest outdoor murals covers a storefront on Chicago’s Northwest Side. People who care about the 40-year-old painting are finishing a facelift. The mural restoration is doing more than brightening up a gritty stretch of North Avenue. It’s got Puerto Ricans in the Humboldt Park neighborhood talking about their heritage.</p><p>MITCHELL: A celebration of the restoration included music with roots in Puerto Rican slave plantations.&nbsp;José López of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center recalled the artists who painted the mural in 1971.</p><p>LOPEZ: Young Puerto Ricans from the street — people who were marginalized — decided to give us a legacy for our historical memory.</p><p>MITCHELL: The mural covers the side of 2423 W. North Ave. and includes portraits of nine Puerto Ricans who struggled for abolition and the island’s independence from Spain and, later, the United States. Three of them are on crosses. Those three all served long U.S. prison terms in the mid-20th century. The artists, led by Mario Galán, named the mural “La Crucifixión de Don Pedro Albizu Campos” after a Puerto Rican Nationalist Party founder. They put him on the biggest cross. López said the mural has special meaning in a part of Chicago where many Puerto Ricans can no longer afford to live.</p><p>LOPEZ: Gentrification means, many times, the writing away of people’s history.</p><p>MITCHELL: Restoring the mural took a decade. Neighborhood leader Eduardo Arocho attributes that to a developer who owned a vacant lot in front of the work.</p><p>AROCHO: His plans were to develop a three-story condo unit. We tried negotiating with him for several months, even at one point offering him several lots in exchange. And he refused and he just started to build the wall, covering the mural intentionally. And so that’s when we grabbed our picket signs and started to protest.</p><p>MITCHELL: The city finally won control of the lot and helped turn it into a small park to keep the mural visible.</p><p>PITMAN WEBER: It’s remarkable that this mural has survived.</p><p>MITCHELL: John Pitman Weber is a professor at Elmhurst College in DuPage County. He has studied and created public art for more than four decades. And he provided consulting for this mural’s restoration, carried out by Humboldt Park artist John Vergara.</p><p>PITMAN WEBER: Its content is unique, not only in Chicago but nationally.</p><p>MITCHELL: And aesthetics? Pitman Weber calls the mural formal and stark.</p><p>PITMAN WEBER: Kind of Byzantine, in a way, quasi-naïve -- executed by some very, very young artists. The style possibly even adds clarity.</p><p>MITCHELL: Not all Puerto Ricans appreciate the artwork or the idea of the island breaking from the U.S. But when I ask the ones who walk by, most have strong attachments to the mural.</p><p>WOMAN 1: My mom used to go to St. Aloysius. My parents did and so...</p><p>MITCHELL: That’s a church right here.</p><p>WOMAN 1: It’s a church down the street. I used to go there when I was a little girl. And my mom would drive us to church and that’s how I knew we were getting close is when I’d see the mural almost every Sunday.</p><p>MAN 1: I see Don Pedro on the cross being crucified for what he believed in. Crucified the same way as Jesus!</p><p>WOMAN 2: I used to get up every morning and look at this mural.</p><p>MAN 2: I went to prison. I was 17 years old and I went to prison for 20 years. And, during those 20 years, when I used to think about home and I used to think about Humboldt Park, it was this mural that I used to think about.</p><p>MITCHELL: Why is that?</p><p>MAN 2: I remember when I was first looking at it, I think I was maybe 9 or 10 when I first noticed it, I didn’t know anything about Puerto Rican history. To me it was just a painting that was up there. I didn’t understand who was up there, what it was about. But when I went to prison I learned about my culture, I learned about who I was. I even got this guy on my arm. Two of these guys are on my arm.</p><p>MITCHELL: Tattoos.</p><p>MAN 2: Yeah, Pedro Albizu Campos on my right arm and I got Ramón Emeterio Betances on my left arm. And I think I can attribute that to this mural, man.</p><p>MITCHELL: The mural restoration will be complete with the addition of calligraphy this fall.</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/mural-restoration-heartens-puerto-ricans-92248 A new choice for freshman at Elmhurst College http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-29/new-choice-freshman-elmhurst-college-91174 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-29/2995477845_8f615238d7_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Students applying to<a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/" target="_blank"> Elmhurst College</a> now have another box to check on their applications. Applicants can opt to answer whether they consider themselves a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community. The small west suburban liberal arts school is reported to be the first college in the nation to ask applicants about their sexual orientation. The college says this move is aimed at advancing diversity. So how are institutions of higher education measuring and thinking about diversity these days?&nbsp; <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Eric-Hoover/48528/" target="_blank">Eric Hoover</a> joined Eight Forty-Eight to take a closer look at the decision. Hoover is a senior writer at <em><a href="http://chronicle.com/section/Home/5" target="_blank">The Chronicle of Higher Education</a></em>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-29/new-choice-freshman-elmhurst-college-91174 Elmhurst College identifies sexual orientation as an opportunity to diversify http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-29/elmhurst-college-identifies-sexual-orientation-opportunity-diversify-911 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-29/2995477845_8f615238d7_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483672-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/higher ed diversity.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>An additional box was added to student applications to<a href="http://public.elmhurst.edu/" target="_blank"> Elmhurst College</a>. Applicants can opt to answer whether they consider themselves to be a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender community. The small west suburban liberal arts school is reportedly the first college in the nation to ask applicants about their sexual orientation. The college said the move was aimed to advance diversity. So, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered how institutions of higher education measure and think about diversity nowadays. <a href="http://chronicle.com/article/Eric-Hoover/48528/" target="_blank">Eric Hoover,</a> a senior writer for <em>The Chronicle of Higher Education</em>, joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to take a closer look at the decision.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-29/elmhurst-college-identifies-sexual-orientation-opportunity-diversify-911