Applications Now Being Accepted for OIDEO’s
Highly Acclaimed "Train the Champion" Program

Applications are now being accepted for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity’s 2015 Train the Champion program. Started in 2011, the program has received high praise from former participants who have described it as valuable, informative and transformative. Train the Champion is designed to help faculty, staff and administrators become leaders in creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment. The program begins in January and concludes in November with a graduation ceremony.


Program participants meet monthly during 90-minute lunchtime sessions in which they explore various aspects of diversity.  Session topics include race, religion, generational differences, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, disability issues and others.


The deadline for applying to the 2015 program is December 29.

The program application is available online- click here.


All CWRU faculty, administrators and staff are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information about the program, contact

The 2013-2014 Train the Champion class at their graduation ceremony in November. Also shown, without graduation plaques, in the back row, is Deborah A. Bridwell, deputy executive director of the Commission on Economic Inclusion and guest speaker at the ceremony; and to the left, Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.


Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity

CWRU students of color who are in their junior or senior year, and have an interest in neuroscience or a related field, are strongly urged to apply for an all-expenses-paid two-day program entitled “Neuroscience Initiative to Enhance Diversity,” which will be held April 16-17, 2015 at the University of California, Davis. The goal of the program is to educate students about the doctoral degree, graduate school and admissions process. Additionally, it is aimed at increasing nationwide the number of students of colorpursuing PhDs in neuroscience. 

For more information or to apply to the program, visit the website or contact Cristeria Rillera, 530-757-8845 or The deadline for applying to the program is January 15, 2015.


Power of Diversity
Spring 2015 Series

Monday, February 2, 20156 p.m.
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom, 2nd floor, CWRU campus

Town Hall of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University presents

Sarah Lewis

“The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure,
and the Search for Mastery”

Sarah Lewis is a bestselling author and art historian. She has served on President Barack Obama’s Arts Policy Committee and is a faculty member at Yale University, School of Art in the Master of Fine Arts program.

This lecture is presented in partnership with the Power of Diversity Lecture Series.

For more information, visit: or contact


Wednesday, February 25, 2015
3 p.m., Senior Classroom, Tinkham Veale University Center

Blanton S. Tolbert, PhD
CWRU Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
“Molecules of HIV: The Importance of Diverse Perspectives”


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
3 p.m., Senior Classroom, Tinkham Veale University Center
Jessie Hill, JD
CWRU Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research, Professor of Law & Laura Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar, School of Law

“Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Justice?”



To RSVP for any of these events, email
For more information, visit the Power of Diversity webpage or email



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. (READ FULL STORY)



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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

Sexual Misconduct Policy

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

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Sexual Misconduct Report:
2013-2014 Annual Report (pdf)


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

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


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.






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