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Apply Now for the Train the Champion Class of 2017

Applications are now closed for the 7th Annual Train the Champion Program, Class of 2017

Details for the Class of 2017

In order to successfully complete the Train the Champion Program, participants are permitted to miss only two sessions.

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions are held 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (excluding the January, April and November sessions).
There will be a special half day morning session off campus on the April date.

The sessions will be held on the third Tuesday of each month (with the exception of graduation) beginning in January.

2017 meeting dates are as follows:

January 17, 2017 (all day) - MANDATORY ATTENDANCE
February 21, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 18, 2017 (3 hour session)
May 16, 2017
June 20, 2017
August 15, 2017
September 19, 2017
October 17, 2017
November 14, 2017 (2 hour session)

You Direct supervisor must be aware of the program and support your full participation.

Click here to complete the online application

Train the Champion

Diversity encompasses a variety of areas, from race and ethnicity to gender and age. The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO), 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.

About the Program

Introduced in 2011, the OIDEO Train the Champion program 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. Each year, about 25 individuals are selected to participate. 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.

For questions, please contact:
Donna Davis Reddix, Faculty Diversity Officer,

Train the Champion 2015 Cohort

ABOVE: 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.


"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.

"I participated in the program because I believe in its mission to embrace all dimensions of diversity. The promotion of diversity on campus is critical to the university's success."
— Class of 2011 Graduate Gladys Haddad, professor of American Studies

"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. Train the Champion will provide tools and perspective that will help make change happen."
— Class of 2011 Graduate Dan Anker, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Human Resources, School of Medicine