Case Western Reserve University receives fourth consecutive national award for excellence in diversity and inclusion

For a fourth consecutive year, Case Western Reserve University has received national recognition for its diversity and inclusion initiatives and achievements. The university received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from the national magazine, Insight Into Diversity.
Case Western Reserve has been recognized by the magazine for its diversity work each year since the inception of the HEED award in 2012.  This year, the university is one of 92 colleges and universities nationally to receive the award.


HEED recipients will be highlighted in the magazine’s November issue, and on Oct. 6, magazine publisher Lenore Pearlstein will be on campus to present the HEED award to President Barbara R. Snyder.  The award presentation will be held at this year’s kick-off event for Case Western Reserve’s “Power of Diversity Lecture Series,” featuring award-winning journalist and NPR host Maria Hinojosa.


Institutions receiving the award are chosen based on their commitment to diversity and inclusion, exemplary diversity initiatives and for their inclusion of all aspects of diversity in their programming, including issues related to gender, race, religion, ethnicity, the LGBT community and those with disabilities.


“Case Western Reserve University is committed to advancing diversity across campus,” said Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.  “We are honored to be recognized for the fourth year for our commitment, accomplishments and array of inclusion and diversity programs and initiatives.”


CWRU’s application for the award highlighted the success of the Sustained Dialogue program, which provides a safe space for faculty, staff and students to meet weekly to engage in critical conversations around diversity and inclusion.  The application also highlighted Diversity 360, a new campus-wide, comprehensive diversity education program that was piloted last semester and launched in August.


The President’s Cabinet and incoming students and faculty have already completed the program, and the university’s Board of Directors will participate in the program at its next meeting. In the next several months, the program will be made available to departments, offices and various campus groups.


Diversity 360 is jointly operated by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, which has provided the program to incoming students as well as student leaders. The university’s HEED application also highlighted the various programs CWRU schools and colleges use recruit and retain students and faculty of color. 
The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application, which includes questions related to recruitment and retention efforts and initiatives targeted at various campus constituents.


For a complete list of HEED winners and more information about the award, visit



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2014 Annual Diversity Report

Case Western Reserve University diversity achievements and programs are highlighted in the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity’s 2014 Annual Diversity Report.  The report spotlights student activism on campus, the success of the university’s Sustained Dialogue program and campus community resource groups and corporate partners who support campus diversity efforts.

“This report demonstrates that CWRU’s commitment to creating a campus culture of inclusion is stronger than ever,” states Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley in her column included in the report.


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Diversity Strategic Action Plan


The Case Western Reserve University Diversity 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


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Article by CWRU Administrators Stress the Importance of Collaboration Between Chief Diversity Officers and Senior International Officers

Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, and Associate Provost for International Affairs David Fleshler, JD, co-authored an article that appears in the June 2015 edition of Insight Into Diversity. The article focuses on the importance of collaboration between university diversity officers and international officers.

The article appears on pages 16 & 17 of the June 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity. You can download the article here.



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 dialogue on diversity issues.  The 11-month long program consists of monthly lunchtime presentations and discussion sessions.






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