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Issue: Spring 2011


  ISSUE: SPRING 2012  

Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity announces new initiatives

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity aims to advance diversity "through inclusive thinking, mindful learning and transformative dialogue." With that vision in mind, members of the office successfully developed a Diversity Strategic Action Plan, which was endorsed by the Faculty Senate in December, gained support of the Board of Trustees in February, and then was adopted by unanimous vote by the Diversity Leadership Council. The plan provides what Provost Baeslack refers to a "roadmap" for implementing diversity and inclusion programs, initiatives and goals for the entire campus.

Other highlights from the office over the past six months include:

  • A visit from Mae Jemison, whose degrees in engineering and medicine led her to become the first African-American woman astronaut. Jemison was the final nationally known thought leader in this year’s Power of Diversity Lecture Series when she visited March 27. Jemison also met with female engineering students and students from the National Society of Black Engineers during her visit. She stressed the need for increased diversity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pointed out that the lack of diversity in STEM means two-thirds of the nation's "human resources" are not being used in science and technology.

  • Publication of the third annual diversity report, which showcased achievements of faculty, students, staff and supplier diversity.

  • A successful second year of the Train the Champion initiative for faculty and staff. Participants have described the program as a "transformative experience," during which they learn about the multi-faceted nature of diversity.

  • Publication of e-updates to provide information on campus and national news related to diversity topics, professional issues and policies.

  • The fourth annual Diversity Award Luncheon, featuring a new category beyond faculty, students and staff: the department/school/office category. During the April 19 luncheon, members of the Office of Research Administration, led by Associate Vice President Suzanne Rivera, were on hand to receive this inaugural award.

  • Recognition by the Commission on Economic Inclusion (under the auspices of the Greater Cleveland Partnership) for the second year in a row for stellar achievement in workforce diversity.

  • The launch of the AUMF-CWRU Partnership during a breakfast event April 25. The Association of Underrepresented Fellows (AUMF) will partner with CWRU for the next three years to advance the university’s efforts to bring more diversity to the biomedical sciences. The current president of the AUMF is Emmitt Jolly, assistant professor of biology at CWRU. As the first host institution of the AUMF, CWRU will sponsor speakers, pipeline programs and a major conference in the spring of 2014.
  • For more information on the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity, visit



In This Issue


Important Dates


5.5.2012: "Empowerment Through Community Service" Lunch

The Infectious Diseases Alliance, in conjunction with Diverse City: Multicultural Marketing & Recruitment Inc., will host a presentation of the 2012 community projects of a variety of area organizations May 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel Cleveland. For more information, contact LarKesha Burns at 368.5759 or


6.27.2012: "Ethics for Graduate and Professional Students: Getting Beyond Knowing the Rules to Living a Good Life"

The Dean of Graduate Studies and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will host an interactive workshop June 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Inamori Center. The workshop, led by Inamori Center Director Shannon French, was developed to increase graduate and professional students' familiarity with the major schools of thought in the field of ethics in the western philosophical tradition; to provide tools for moral reasoning; to explore character and motivation, including how virtues and vices develop and why good people sometimes make bad choices; and to discuss how to apply ethical theory in real life, both as students and in their future careers (including how to maintain ethics within an organization, even under corrupt leadership). This workshop will be accessible to students from any discipline, with abstract principles always being tied back to reality. Food and beverages will be provided.



  Forward Progress is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of the Provost that keeps faculty and staff informed about implementation of the university's strategic plan. For more information or to offer feedback, visit the Office of the Provost's website.  




Making Strides


COUNCIL OF ALLIANCES UPDATE: Under the leadership of Bob Miller, the university's new vice president for research, the Council of Alliances has been discussing its future and how it can be transformative and bring distinction to the university. The council's first phase of activity focused primarily on cross-school initiatives and competition for investment funding from the provost. The council is now looking at new cross-alliance initiatives to add value during the next phase. If you have suggestions for the alliances, send them to Miller or Chris Ash.

DIRECTOR OF OUTCOME ASSESSMENT: Susan Perry has joined the Case Western Reserve community as the director of outcome assessment. In this newly created position, Perry will be responsible for implementing a process of educational outcome assessment, which focuses on measuring and documenting the knowledge, skills and attitudes students acquire in their degree programs. The university's institutional-level accrediting body requires an assessment of student learning outcomes for all degree programs. Perry, who received a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from the University of Tennessee and most recently served as the director of academic institutional research and assessment at Baldwin-Wallace College, will report to Don Feke, vice provost for undergraduate education. She will play a leadership role in establishing guidelines for outcome assessment for each unit and/or degree program; organizing and chairing an outcome assessment coordinating committee; developing a website to publish the educational objectives for each academic program; analyzing outcome assessment data being collected; and increasing awareness and visibility of outcomes to promote a culture of assessment at the university.




INFORMATICS ALLIANCE SYMPOSIUM: The Informatics Alliance co-sponsored a symposium, "Informatics: Driving Discovery, Improving Health," on April 6. Nearly 100 participants from around Cleveland attended the event, which showcased presentations from informatics leaders from the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, Harvard University, Ohio State University and Explorys Inc. Topics included information integration, "Big Data," next-generation sequencing, reducing the knowledge gap and training the workforce. Pamela Davis, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president for medical affairs of the university, welcomed participants, while alliance leader GQ Zhang chaired the symposium. For conference slides and videos, visit

SJI STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: On April 21, the Social Justice Institute held its first student leadership conference, "Power Up!" After an opening session addressing "What is Social Justice?" high school and college students and volunteer facilitators broke into groups to identify the most critical social justice issues facing youth today and to develop action plans. Each group shared its results with all attendees and discussed next steps for implementing the action agendas. The event culminated with a keynote lecture and performance by Jonathan Lykes, a University of Chicago undergraduate student who was the 2008 ACLU Student Activist of the Year and founder of the Ohio Youth Voices.

FACULTY AND STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS: The Social Justice Institute is offering faculty fellowships for course redesign and student research fellowships. Questions on the program may be directed to Shelley White at 368.7568 or



Budget committee update: The University Budget Committee (UBC) continues to meet weekly. Over the past year, it has met with nearly all of the deans and vice presidents from across campus to discuss plans, priorities, challenges and opportunities. The committee is developing a recommendation to the provost and chief financial officer for improvements to the multi-year financial planning process launched last fall; members hope these improvements will result in a more integrated model. The UBC was established on a trial basis in 2011; its status is expected to become permanent in the near future. UBC Chair Chris Cullis has worked closely with the Faculty Senate Budget Committee to distinguish the roles of the two groups. The committee's final report for FY12 will be on the provost's website at the end of June.

FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL: The Faculty Development Council has met for nearly 18 months, and its members recently met with the provost to present the council's first report and set of recommendations. The provost endorsed the council's recommendations, and the council will meet with the Deans' Council this month. Stay tuned for the results.

PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM: Do you know a high school student who could use a summer job? The Infectious Disease Alliance will launch its Peer Education Program this summer at J. Glen Smith Health Center in Glenville. The program is open to Cleveland high school students interested in designing an educational campaign for their peers about how to prevent sexually transmitted infections. Just like a part-time job, all peer educators are paid for their time. Peer educators will undergo a 12-week training program beginning in June. For an application or to request more information, contact



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