The LGBTA Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and alumni of Case Western Reserve University. Click on a committee member's name below for contact information and to learn why they joined the committee.
Sarah S. Andrews, LISW-S
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS)
"I joined this committee because I've experience injustice and lack of civil rights in my lifetime. We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us, and I want to be part of the change process to make things better for the next generations."
"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."
"The goal of the Share the Vision Committee is to realize a just and humane campus community at CWRU, and one of our guiding tenets is to support the worth and dignity of each individual. The LGBT Committee is instrumental is promoting the ideals of our mission."
"As president of the Graduate Student Senate and as a gay man, I am a strong student and LGBT advocate at Case Western Reserve University. In order to build a stronger, more inclusive LGBT community, we must reach out to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students alike as we strive to fulfill our mission."
I am proud to be the Spectrum representative for the LGBT Committee. Part of Spectrum's mission is make the campus a safe place for its LGBT students, and this could not be possible without the efforts of this great committee.
"As an undergraduate, I was very involved in Spectrum and helped start several new programs including Safe Zone, "gay? fine by me." T-shirt handouts, and the Charity Drag Ball. Post-graduation, I became a staff member and have since served on the LGBT Committee and helped on a number of projects, including the first LGBT Alumni Reunion. I am proud to be a part of all this progress and am doing my part to keep the momentum going."
"Prior to joining the Case Western Reserve community as a staff member in 2007, I served as director of communications for the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland—one of the oldest and most prominent organizations of its kind in the country. I joined this committee to help connect CWRU students, staff and faculty to community organizations and initiatives and put my experiences from working at the Center to use on campus."
"Serving on the LGBT Committee has a high priority for me as a citizen of the university and director of the women's center. We are dedicated to the full attainment of equality and social justice and in serving the needs of all women-identified people on campus. Also, as a lesbian myself, I am proud of the progress that the CWRU LGBT committee leaders have made over the years in making this an inclusive, comfortable and safe place for all. I am pleased to be able to help in moving forward."
"I joined this committee to give voice to students in housing who are in the LBGT community. I feel very passionate about supporting students who are in all stages of 'out,' from questioning to pride. I hope that my visibility will help students feel more safe in the residence halls and throughout campus."
Director, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center
"I am proud to serve as a member of the LGBTA Committee as a representative of the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with multiple constituencies from across campus in an effort to make CWRU an even more inclusive community for everyone. I have the privilege of coordinating the Safe Zone program here on campus. Please contact me if you are interested in attending a workshop and becoming a CWRU Safe Zone ally."
"I initiated the LGBT Task Force [the precursor to the LGBTA Committee] at Case in 2004 because one of our community leaders, Natalie Epstein, called to tell me about harassment of a lesbian student on campus. Although we had an active Spectrum organization among undergraduates, we realized that a visible coalition of faculty, staff and students could make a great difference in developing a more inclusive climate for LGBT faculty, staff and students at CWRU. I continue to serve on the committee because I believe that we all are enriched by diversity and that our committee is one of many ways that we celebrate diversity and promote tolerance on campus."