Mary Frances Berry
"Achieving Diversity and Opportunity
in the 21st Century: Now is the Time"
Thursday, March 27, 2014,
Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building Auditorium,
Mary Frances Berry, PhD, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, activist and educator, is our spring semester national Power of Diversity Lecture Series speaker. Berry will also reflect on this year's 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Prior to her public lecture, Berry will participate in a panel discussion at an on-campus symposium entitled "Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Putting an End to Separate and Unequal Health Care in the United States 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964," which is being sponsored by the Law-Medicine Center at CWRU's School of Law and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the CWRU School of Medicine.
Berry was appointed to the commission by President Jimmy Carter and later fired by President Ronald Reagan after she publicly criticized his civil rights policies. Berry sued Reagan in federal district court and won reinstatement. President Bill Clinton appointed her chair of the commission in 1993. She was reappointed to a six-year term in 1999 and served on the commission until December 2004.
Berry is the author of a number of books including the Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of Law and Justice: Race and Sex in the Courts, 1865 to present; and And Justice for All: The United States Commission on Civil Rights and the Continuing Struggle for Freedom in America. Her most recent book is Power in the Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House.
A book signing and dessert reception will be held immediately following the lecture. The lecture is free and open to the public. Free valet parking for the event will be available at the Wolstein Research Building's Circle Drive entrance. RSVP is REQUIRED. To reserve your seat please email: email@example.com
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2014 Annual Inclusion and Diversity Achievement Awards Luncheon
Monday, April 14, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Reserve your seat for the luncheon
Nominations Are Now Being Accepted For The Annual Diversity Achievement Awards
Faculty Leadership, Staff Leadership, Department/Office/Unit Excellence, Graduate/Professional Student Achievement and Undergradute Student Achievement. Deadline: Monday, March 31, 2013.
2014 NOMINATION FORM
ABOUT THE 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.
Read more about the awards and see previous winners
Campus Community Provides Feedback
On CWRU's Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy
The university announced last week that it would extend the comment period on its interim sexual misconduct policy until March 21. The extension is aimed at providing students with additional time to review the policy and provide feedback. Vice President for Student Affairs Lou Stark and Vice President of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley last month attended an Undergraduate Student Association meeting to discuss the policy. Students had a number of questions about the policy and most had not taken advantage of the opportunity to provide feedback on the policy.
Several CWRU faculty and staff have already provided feedback on the university's interim policy through a survey posted online in January. The survey will remain online until March 21 to give students and others an opportunity to provide feedback. Results of the survey will be reviewed and considered as the university continues to work to implement its Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy. Individuals can access the survey here to provide feedback.
Below are links to the university's interim policy and the letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education calling for changes in the sexual misconduct policies.
Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF)
Letter issued by the U.S. Department of Education (PDF)
2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Winners
A record number of essays were received for the 2014 MLK Essay Contest. The contest invited staff, faculty and staff to write essays reflecting on the application of Dr. King's values and vision to contemporary social, political and economic issues. This year, 122 entries were received – more than double the number of essays received in 2013.
Click here to see the full list of winners and honorable mentions