The 2015 Train the Champion class at the November 17 graduation ceremony. Also in the photo, front row, far right is Janetta M. Hammock, Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Program Manager and program coordinator and guest speaker for the graduation ceremony Randell McShepard, president of The Union Club and Vice President of Public Affairs, RPM International Inc. Far right, second row is Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Diversity encompasses a variety of areas, from race and ethnicity to gender and age. The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, through its Train the Champion program, is working to spread knowledge across campus about the various dimensions of diversity. The Train the Champion program:
fosters an environment which is inclusive of various dimensions of diversity;
assists with retention and recruitment of faculty and staff;
encourages overall workplace satisfaction; and
promotes dialogue on campus about diversity issues.
For questions, please contact:
Donna Davis Reddix
Faculty Diversity Officer
The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity introduced the Train the Champion program in 2011. It is designed to help faculty and staff learn how to be leaders in creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment on campus.
The 11-month long 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, LGBT issues, gender, disability issues and others. All CWRU faculty and staff are encouraged to apply to the program. Each year, about 25 individuals are selected to participate in the program.
"Train the Champion has been a wonderful experience that I am using to continuously challenge myself and others around me.” Class of 2015 Graduate Richard Pazol, Associate Director, University Counseling Service.
"I have appreciated the opportunity to participate in Train the Champion and to have met so many others from the campus community who are advocates of diversity. The breadth of the workshops also added to its strength." - Class of 2014 Graduate Sarah S. Andrews, Senior Instructor and Director of School Social Work, Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.
Class of 2011 Graduate Gladys Haddad, professor of American Studies, said she participated in the program because she believes in “its mission to embrace all dimensions of diversity. The promotion of diversity on campus is critical to the university's success.”
"The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity sounds the trumpet, but the mission needs to be carried out in the trenches by faculty and staff," says Class of 2011 Graduate Dan Anker, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources, School of Medicine. "Train the Champion will provide tools and perspective that will help make change happen."