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President's Statement on LGBT Issues and Concerns

President Barbara Snyder

As an academic institution, Case Western Reserve is committed to expanding knowledge and understanding. Realizing these goals demands that we welcome and celebrate a broad range of perspectives, recognizing that all of us have lessons we can teach one another.

Every single member of our community is important, and each of us should strive to ensure our actions convey that message. Tolerance and respect are essential to our mission. We value the contributions of every student, staff and faculty member, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, political persuasion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our classrooms, laboratories, residence halls and other settings should be free of discrimination, to be sure, but that is not enough. We must recognize that we are fortunate to study and work in an environment where it is understood that our differences add to the richness of our learning. It is only from a wide array of experiences and insights that we together can achieve deeper appreciation and awareness of some of the greatest societal challenges of our time.

—President Barbara R. Snyder