CWRU Receives National Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

For a third consecutive year, Case Western Reserve University has received national recognition for its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The university has been awarded the 2014 Higher Education Excellent in Diversity (HEED) award from the national magazine, Insight Into Diversity.


CWRU has been recognized every year since the inception of the award in 2012. The university is one of 83 colleges and universities around the country to be honored this year with the award. Institutions receiving the award were chosen based on their “exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives” and for their inclusion of all aspects of diversity in their work, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBT community.


“Case Western Reserve University is committed to advancing diversity through inclusive thinking, mindful learning and transformative dialogue,” said Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD. “We are honored to be recognized for the third year in a row for our work in diversity and inclusion.”


Mobley announced that the success of the Sustained Dialogue program on campus last spring has inspired Diversity 360, a new campus-wide training that will build on cross-cultural conversations, enhanced student engagement and leadership development. In addition, this year Sustained Dialogue is being continued and expanded, she said.  CWRU and other award winners will be featured in the November 2014 edition of the Insight Into Diversity magazine.


In announcing CWRU as a winner of the diversity award, Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of the magazine said the university’s application for the award was “rigorous and comprehensive. [CWRU] should be very proud of the work it is doing to promote diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, staff and community. ” For more information about the HEED award, visit


Case Western Reserve University to host Hispanic Heritage Month Art Show, featuring paintings, puppetry and photographs from local Hispanic artists.

Kelvin Smith Library, 11055 Euclid Ave., regular library hours until Oct. 22

Free and open to the public, but photo identification is required to enter the library.


Artists include: Linda Ayala, representing Puerto Rico; Augusto Bordelois, representing Cuba; Bruno Casiano, Puerto Rico; Hector Castellano, Guatemala; Teresa Martinez, Mexico; Alex Rivera, Mexico; Dante Rodriguez, Puerto Rico and Mexico; and Rafael Valdivieso, Ecuardo.



Power of Diversity Fall Series 2014

All events are free. RSVP at

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 3 p.m., Senior Classroom,
Tinkham Veale University Center

Anna Maria SantiagoAnna Maria Santiago, PhD

CWRU Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

"Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty To a War on the Poor"

Dr. Santiago is a specialist in urban and social welfare policy as well as research methodology. She teaches research, community and social development, and policy courses in the Master’s and Doctoral degree programs at the Mandel School. She is a Senior Editor for the Journal of Community Practice and Past President of the Society for the Study of Social Problems. For more than two decades, Dr. Santiago has been involved with research that focuses on the importance of place on the economic opportunities and life chances available to low - income and minority families. Her current research focuses primarily on how federal, state and local housing policies and programs serve as vehicles for community and social development.


AUMF LogoAssociation of Underrepresented Minority Fellows (AUMF) National Fall Symposium - Hosted by CWRU

Advancing Diversity in the Biomedical Sciences:
New Collaborations for Building Capacity

Oct 17-19, Tinkham Veale University Center


Freeman A. Hrabowski, IIIGilda BarabinoThe symposium will feature regional and national speakers, including a keynote address by Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, PhD, (right) president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and chair of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. The meeting will also feature Gilda Barabino, PhD, (left) president of the prestigious Biomedical Engineering Society and dean of The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York. More information & registration



Read the Latest E-News Edition

2013 Annual Diversity Report:
Advancing Diversity

Case Western Reserve University diversity highlights and accomplishments are featured in the 2013 Annual Diversity Report from the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. The report, released in January includes articles on the newly established Latino employee resource group Alianza Latina/Latino Alliance, the programs and projects for youngsters sponsored by CWRU's Leonard Gelfand STEMCenter and the university's NAACP chapter, which was started by students. It addition, it highlights diversity and inclusion achievements and programs from the previous year.
The annual report is available online or copies can be picked up from the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Adelbert Hall, Suite 315.


PDFDiversity Climate Survery Results (pdf)

PDFRead our latest Newsletter (PDF)
Insight on DIVERSITY

PDFAnnual report
Advancing Diversity

2013 Annual report (pdf)

Diversity Strategic Action Plan


The Case Western Reserve UniversityDiversity Strategic Action Plan (DSAP), outlines strategies to improve campus climate; increase retention and recruitment of underrepresented students, faculty and staff; and enhance leveraging and development of resources to advance diversity and inclusion. READ MORE

Case Western Reserve University has adopted a new Sexual Misconduct Policy.

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The Office of Faculty Diversity provides support to Faculty, Departments and Schools, around issues of faculty recruitment, retention and diversity and inclusion training.


The Faculty Diversity Officer reviews allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination (gender, sexual orientation, racial, ADA) and also serves as a facilitator for addressing faculty diversity issues in areas related to faculty duties.



Diversity Awareness Training

We provide diversity awareness workshops and consultation services for students, faculty, and staff. In some cases, we develop a program specific to goals, participants, and time frame in order to accommodate the different classes, departments, offices, and student groups that request training.

Some sessions may be conducted jointly with other offices on campus.

Train the Champion

Train the Champion aims to foster an environment that embraces diversity; assist with retention and recruitment of faculty, staff and students; encourage overall workplace satisfaction; and foster a sustained dialogue on diversity, with specific focus on issues in higher education and at Case Western Reserve. The eight-month program consists of monthly sessions and additional brown bag lunches to facilitate further, less formal discussions.



Power of Diversity Lecture Series

The annual series is designed to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement and civic education and learning about the national narrative on diversity and inclusion. All events are free and open to the public.







Invest in the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity – Diversity Matters!

Your contribution to the newly established Diversity Champion Fund has transformative power.


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