Monday, April 14, 2014 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Thwing Ballroom

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Nominations Are Now Being Accepted For The Annual Diversity Achievement Awards


The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University presents diversity awards to members of the university community in recognition of significant contributions toward enhancing the university's commitment to diversity through inclusive thinking, mindful learning and transformative dialogue. These awards recognize and encourage contributions such as promoting respect, building community, establishing effective cross-cultural initiatives, advocating equity and inclusion within the university community, as well as others. Deadline: Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  2014 NOMINATION FORM


(l to r) Dorothy Miller, PhD, Charity Taylor, Susan Sampson, President Snyder, G. Dean Patterson Jr. and Demetra S.A. Gibson.

More than 100 people attended the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity's Fifth Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon. This year's event was held on April 17 in the Thwing Center Ballroom. During the luncheon, four members of the university community as well as a CWRU office were recognized for their contributions to enhancing diversity on campus. President Barbara Snyder attended the event and gave congratulatory remarks to the winners. In addition, she stressed the importance of diversity and inclusion on campus and the good work that is being in these areas. Also during the event, retiring director of the university's Flora Stone Mather Center for Women Dorothy C. Miller, PhD, was recognized for her many contributions to women's issues and for advancing the cause of gender diversity on campus. Miller has served as director of the women's center for 11 years, and will retire at the end of the spring semester. SEE THE VIDEO


The 2013 Diversity Achievement Award Winners are:
Dorothy C. Miller, PhD, Faculty Leadership Feminist Award. She is the director of CWRU's Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and a clinical associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Miller has spent most of her career working to promote women's issues in the academy and advocating for women's concerns in the community. She is the author of Women and Social Welfare: A Analysis.

G. Dean Patterson, Jr., Staff Leadership Award.
He has more than 30 years experience in higher education and for much of that time has worked to support and meet the needs of underrepresented minority communities. Patterson is currently Associate Vice President for Students Affairs. In this position, he works to build campus community, manages student crisis situations and works to help others understand issues related to diversity and inclusion. He previously held a clinical faculty appointment at CWRU's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

Charity Taylor, Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.
She is a senior Management and International Studies dual degree major with a minor in Economics. At CWRU she has been involved in various cultural activities and student groups. She is a member of CWRU's Voices of Glory gospel choir and has been involved in the "One Dress Campaign," a worldwide campaign aimed at raising awareness about human trafficking. Taylor has served in various volunteer positions, including mentoring a local Burmese family, preparing taxes for those in need and serving as a big sister for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Club.


Demetra S.A. Gibson, Student Achievement Award. She is a medical student at CWRU. In June, Gibson will start an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. She is interested in cancer disparities and plans to go into clinical and epidemiological research. Gibson is a member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), the nation's oldest student run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. She has served as national president of SNMA as well as co-president of the CWRU chapter. Gibson has led efforts to provide academic support for medical students and has been involved in initiatives to recruit and retain students of color in the School of Medicine. She is editor of the Voices of Diversity blog.


Disability Resources, Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award.
In the nomination for the office, it was described as "compassionate" and helpful in securing accommodations and services that enable students with disabilities to "have equal opportunities as other students." In addition, the staff was credited with creating a welcoming campus environment for students. Disability Resources has also created a group for students with Asperger's and worked with the Emergency Management staff to ensure that students with disabilities are considered as plans are made on how to handle emergency situations. The office is part of Educational Services for Students and is staffed by Susan Sampson, associate director, and Lisa Meeks, assistant director.


(l to r) Carmen Naso, Cookie Jones, University President Barbara R. Snyder, VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn Mobley, Suzanne Rivera, Patrick Vaughn and Michael G. Knight

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) held its fourth annual achievement awards luncheon on April 19 in the Thwing Center Ballroom.  More than 100 people attended the event during which four members of the university community and a CWRU department were recognized for their contributions toward enhancing diversity on campus.  University President Barbara R. Snyder provided the welcome during the event and congratulated the award winners. 

Winners include: Carmen J. Naso, Faculty Leadership Award.  He has been at the CWRU-Law for four years.  He works with the Lambda Student Association and volunteers at the Keating Center, a substance abuse and addiction rehabilitation facility.

Chevolkalee "Cookie" Jones, Staff Leadership Award.  She is the main receptionist/clerk/information specialist in the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing and is known for being calm, pleasant and patient to all cultures and nationalities.

Patrick Vaughn, Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.  He is a third-year chemistry major with minors in dance, biology and medical anthropology.  This past year, he served as chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Undergraduate Student Government.

Michael G. Knight, Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award.  He is a fourth-year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU and has been involved in mentoring initiatives at local Cleveland public high schools. 

The Office of Research Administration, Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award.  Under the direction of Suzanne Rivera, the office has taken a number of steps to build a sense of unity while honoring and celebrating the differences among its diverse staff, including training sessions and sessions at which staff share their different experiences and perspectives.


On April 14, 2011, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity held its Third Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon.


Staff member Teona Griggs, professor Sue Hinze, undergraduate Sai Santosh Kumar Kolluru, and Mandel School of Applied Social Work PhD candidate Susan Smalling, were recognized for their contributions to inclusion and diversity at Case Western Reserve. 



On April 22, 2010, the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity held its Second Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon. Professor Jonathan Entin, staff member Latisha James and School of Medicine student Jason Balkman, MD (MED '10) were recognized for their contributions to diversity at Case Western Reserve.


Professor Jonathan Entin is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Law and Professor of Law and Political Science. He has worked closely with Fred Gray LAW '54, whose clients included Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.

Latisha James is the Director for the Center for Community Partnerships at Case Western Reserve. In this role, Ms. James facilitates all public inquiries concerning university partner- ships, services and sponsorships.
Jason Balkman, MD was a fourth year medical student at Case Western Reserve (MED '10). He started the Robin's Society Bridge Program as a way to build a partnership between John Hay High School and Case Western Reserve.



Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams received the Diversity Achievement Award at the first annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Award luncheon on April 22, 2009. Committed to scholarship as a historian and social justice advocate, Dr. Williams is a tenured associate professor of history at CWRU who also holds the distinction of serving as director of the postdoctoral fellowship in African-American Studies and as director of the CWRU Social Justice Initiative. The value of her scholarship and commitment to the university was evident by the 70 members of the campus community, including students, deans, faculty members, staff and community guests who attended the luncheon.


Undoubtedly, the highlight of the afternoon was Dr. Williams' remarks. "Through my research and scholarship, I have sought to render visible--and understandable- -some of the processes, the individuals, the institutions... that maintain exclusion and exploitation," said Dr. Williams. "To unmask the trappings of authority and power, to transform caricatures into real human beings, and to chronicle the many human struggles for survival, justice and social change," she continued. Her remarks were affirmed with a warm standing ovation.


Following Dr. Williams' remarks, there was a dynamic discussion on diversity. Dr. Edgar Jackson, a member of CWRU's Diversity Leadership Council and Senior Advisor to the CEO of University Hosptials and Education, was extremely impressed with the content and nature of the dialogue and commented that it was "one of the best" he had heard at the University. His comments and similar participant feedback are evidence that the luncheon was an overwhelming success.


At the conclusion of the luncheon Dr. Marilyn Mobley announced that next year there will be six inclusion and diversity champions who will also be honored, along with the award recipient.




1. Faculty Leadership Award

Recognizes a faculty member's contributions or efforts toward enhancing the goals of diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism at the university, particularly in the areas of teaching, research or service that exceeds the routine expectations of the faculty’s position.

2. Staff Leadership Award

Recognizes a staff member who promotes a culture of inclusion that encourages relationships and interactions among people of different backgrounds, a culture that enhances human dignity, actively diminishes prejudice and discrimination and improves the quality of life for everyone in our community.  


3. Department/Office/Unit Excellence Award

Recognizes an office, department or unit that has demonstrated a commitment to building a workplace and learning space that is inclusive of difference and values diversity of all kinds. This commitment should be evident by proactive actions including, but not limited to, inclusive policies and procedures, workshops and trainings and other undertakings that have helped create an inclusive environment.

4. Graduate/Professional Student Achievement Award

Recognizes a graduate or professional university student who has demonstrated leadership and commitment toward diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through academic excellence, service, volunteerism and/or research.

5. Undergraduate Student
Achievement Award

Recognizes an undergraduate university student who has demonstrated leadership and commitment toward diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism through academic excellence, service, volunteerism and/or research.