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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

The CWRU Pride LGBT 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.


Alumni and Friends enjoyed "Cosmos for Case" at the Alumni House this year to raise funds for the Ohio Leadership Scholarship.

2014 Award Winners

Cheri Smalley

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.

Carolyn Oatis

Carolyn OatisCarolyn Oatis, a first-year student, and Spectrum treasurer, is one of two inaugural winners of the Case Western Reserve University Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award, 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

CWRU LGBT PrideCase 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.

University Lavender League: Washington DC

University Lavender League: Washington DC

University Lavender LeagueCWRU is proud to be a founding member of the University Lavender League in Washington DC. Formed in early 2014, the Lavender League is comprised of LGBT alumni networks from the following universities: Chicago, Duke, NYU, Stanford, UCLA and UC-Berkley.

The University Lavender League hosts regular events in the DC area. 
Want to be added to the list? Contact Chris Hook at

Upcoming Events

We look forward to seeing you at the next CWRU Pride event!

Lavender Graduation

Join us as we honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our LGBT graduates.
April 30, 2014
6-8 p.m.
The Alumni House

Connect with CWRU Pride

Join the network to get invitations to LGBT alumni events throughout the year and learn about network initiatives. Contact us at or connect with us on Facebook.

Check out event photos here.