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 20 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 students, educators, community representatives and
others who are committed to Latino representation and advancement 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. She
currently serves on the board of Diversifying Our Faculties in Illinois
Program, 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).