LGBT Alumni Network
The CWRU Pride Alumni Network fosters connections with the LGBT alumni community through events, networking opportunities and other special activities while supporting university initiatives for current LGBT students at CWRU. CWRU Pride welcomes all CWRU alumni and friends interested in supporting excellence in education, and building pride and community.
If you are interested in joining this network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Scholarship
Alumni and Friends enjoyed "Cosmos for Case" at the Alumni House this year to raise funds for the Ohio Leadership Scholarship.
This scholarship fund has been developed for the improvement, growth and support of an LGBT inclusive environment by the LGBT Alumni and supporters of Case Western Reserve University.
The purpose of the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Scholarship is to provide recognition or enable financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who are working to make impactful actions and advance the mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland community, or nationally through scholarship, research or leadership activities. Learn more.
2014 Scholarship Winners
Cheri Smalley, a graduate student at MSASS, was awarded $1200 by the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Scholarship Selection Committee to assist with attendance and participation in the 2014 CWRU Amsterdam Study Abroad program.
The award was based off of Smalley’s involvement and support of the transgender community from undergraduate studies and her participation in dare2careusa in Cleveland.
Smalley will report back lessons and ideas gleaned from her experience in Amsterdam. The goal of the trip is to use this knowledge to influence public policy or suggest adoptive practices to further improve the LGBT climate within the greater Cleveland area.
Additionally, Smalley is invited to attend the Lavender Graduation in April at the Alumni House, where President Snyder will personally recognize her achievement.
Carolyn Oatis, a first-year student, and Spectrum treasurer, is one of two inaugural winners of the Case Western Reserve University Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Scholarship, sponsored by the Alumni Association.
Oatis’ award was granted after her essay was reviewed by a CWRU panel which deemed the piece compelling, inspiring and most worthy of the award.
Her attendance and participation at The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) in Kansas City is part of the award. Full financial coverage of all of her travel expenses is also included.
Oatis is expected to return from her three-day conference stent with ideas to improve the campus climate for LGBT students as well as report on conference sessions.
Additionally, she’s invited to attend the Lavender Graduation in April at the Alumni House, where President Snyder will personally recognize her achievement.
LGBT Life on Campus
Case Western Reserve University consistently ranks as one of the most gay-friendly campuses in the country, regularly scoring high marks on the LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index and in The Advocate's College Guide. In 2013, CWRU was ranked by the Huffington Post as one of the top 25 LGBT friendly colleges in the country.
In honor of Dan Savage—journalist and creator of the "It Gets Better" project—visiting campus in November, CWRU students created their own "It Gets Better" video.
To learn more about the LGBT Center on campus, click here.
Each spring, the CWRU Alumni Association works with the LGBT Center to host Lavender Graduation to recognize our newest LGBT alumni—the graduating students! Local CWRU Pride members are encouraged to attend and celebrate with the students to welcome them to the network.
We look forward to seeing you at the next CWRU Pride event!
February 13, 2014
The Alumni House, 11310 Juniper Rd., Cleveland
Stay tuned for more information.
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