The LGBTQA Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Case Western Reserve University. Click on a co-chairs name below for contact informaiton and to learn why they joined the committee.
Matthew L. Garrett, PhD
Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Case Choirs, Department of Music
"I have identified as an openly gay educator since my first year of teaching public school music, more that 20 years ago, and it has always been important for me to support the LGBTQ community as an “out” professional. I joined the CWRU LGBTQA Committee because I want to serve as a change agent within the context of our university, and to help ensure we support equality and inclusion for all individuals who help to make this a positive learning environment."
"I became interested in LGBT issues when my son, Rob, told me he was gay. I was eager for Rob to have the same rights and privileges that my other two sons enjoy. In 1985 I helped to co-found the Cleveland chapter of PFLAG with Dr. Jes Sellers. About 10 years later I became very active in the Human Rights Campaign and now serve on the National Board of Directors of HRC. For the past 19 years, I have worked in the University Counseling Service."
"Case Western Reserve University has made significant strides in transforming our university into a more inclusive place for academic and social engagement. As a psychologist in our university counseling center, I can attest to the difference this more open and welcoming community has had in the lives of our LGBT students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Now more than ever, Case has become a place for people to set aside the social prejudices of the past to work and learn together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. This has happened because of the thoughtful efforts of alumni, faculty, and staff over the years and I am happy to contribute to the continuing investment being made for the future of this great American university."