Diversity and Inclusion

A number of programs at Case Western Reserve University further the university's goal to build a more diverse and inclusive campus community

The following diversity programs are listed by name. Use these links for more information.

Supplier Diversity Initiatives Council (SDIC)

The Supplier Diversity Initiatives Council (SDIC) supports the university's vision of becoming a good neighbor in the local community by enhancing the university's efforts in doing business with minority-owned business enterprises (MBE) and women-owned business enterprises (WBE) participants. The SDIC monitors the university's efforts and creates opportunities for vendors who want to do business with Case Western Reserve University. It serves numerous clients throughout the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area through its 25 members, which include external partners from the community and members of the university's staff and senior administration, including two vice presidents from the executive leadership team. The success of the program has been the number of contracts and millions of dollars awarded to MBEs and WBEs for construction and professional services. The program has become a model for other businesses in the Cleveland area and creates business opportunities for neighbors in the local community and enhances the reputation of the university as an institution that values diversity and inclusion.

Contact Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, 216.368.8877

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Inclusion and Diversity Lecture Series

The Inclusion and Diversity Lecture Series is a new initiative for the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity designed to create a forum for research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion through lectures from Case Western Reserve University faculty and our Fisk University partners in support of the Case-Fisk partnership. During the first year, the program has served over 100 attendees, including both campus and community guests. The program is a success because it gives the university an opportunity to showcase its faculty, their research and scholarship on diversity, and its partnership with Fisk University, one of the nation's premiere historically black institutions. Each lecture has attracted guests from the community, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff and created an opportunity for progress in our efforts to promote a sustained dialogue on diversity and inclusion.

Contact Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, 216.368.8877

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Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon

The Diversity Achievement Award Luncheon is an annual celebration established to recognize diversity champions whose service to the university is an example of their commitment to diversity and inclusion. The award is given to a student, a faculty member and a member of the staff for a total of three awards each year. The luncheon brings faculty, students and staff together to celebrate and engage in dialogue about diversity and inclusion. The Diversity Award luncheon is an excellent vehicle to share with the campus and community the ways we value and celebrate diversity and inclusive excellence on our campus. Moreover, it has set a benchmark as a venue for diversity dialogues that have not been held elsewhere in the same way.

Contact Marilyn Sanders Mobley, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, 216.368.8877

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University Banquet and Scholarship Benefit

The Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit is an annual celebratory event that recognizes the academic accomplishments of our school's underrepresented students and graduating seniors. The evening also serves as an opportunity to recognize future students and Case Western Reserve University corporate and community partners. Underrepresented students with grade point averages of 3.5 and above will be recognized at the event, and several scholarships, including the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Scholarship for graduate students, will be awarded.

Contact Deborale Richardson-Bouie, Office of Multicultural Affairs, 216.368.2904

Black History Month Luncheon

The Black History Month Luncheon of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women hosts a free luncheon that features a performance from someone from "Women in History" who portrays an African American woman of accomplishment, some famous and some not well known. The purpose of the event is to educate people about the experiences of notable African-American women in a forum that encourages networking and exchange among students, staff, alumni/ae and faculty at Case Western Reserve University and members of the community. About 100 people attend and enjoy learning about the impactful journeys of women portrayed during the luncheon.

Contact Mitzi Vazquez-Long, The Flora Stone Center for Women, 216.368.0985

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy

The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy was created by the Case Western Reserve University School of Law to reduce the overwhelming racial inequity in membership of the local bar and bench by introducing minority students to their potential to succeed in college and law school. Area high school seniors participate in a two-week intensive law institute through which they learn how to prepare for and conduct trials under the supervision of lawyers and judges. The academy culminates in a mock trial. Prominent lawyers, judges and leaders share their life and career stories. Students observe court proceedings in federal and local courts. They also complete a part-time, one month legal internship. Approximately 20 students each summer participate.

Contact Sarah M. Polly, 216.368.5139

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest

The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Gospelfest Concert Celebration culminates the university's Alumni and Homecoming Weekend festivities and has become an annual tradition enjoyed by the campus and Greater Cleveland community. Free and open to the community, Gospelfest showcases the extraordinary talents of local churches and youth organizations. Prior to her untimely passing, the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones was a champion to the community and served as the honorary chairwoman of Gospelfest. A graduate of both Case Western Reserve's Flora Stone Mather School in 1971 and School of Law in 1974, Tubbs Jones was zealous about celebrating the university and community. Recognizing her dedication to public life, Gospelfest was named posthumously to celebrate her inspirational life, dedication to her alma mater, and the rich legacy she established for our campus community, the state of Ohio and our nation.

Contact Latisha James, Director of the Center for Community Partnerships, 216.368.3909

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Tournament

The inaugural Stephanie Tubbs Jones Memorial Tournament is an annual Men's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament that celebrates the life of the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones and brings attention to her foundation. Coordinated by the Division of Athletics, nearly 1,000 people attend the tournament over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It is a great way to celebrate the life of Congresswoman Tubbs Jones while bringing attention to her foundation. We also strengthen our existing relationship with East Cleveland and Shaw High School by having the band perform during the tournament.

Contact Sean McDonnell, Coach for the Men's Basketball team, Division of Athletics, 216.368.2865

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Stephanie Tubbs Jones 5K Race and Parade

The inaugural Stephanie Tubbs Jones 5K Race and Parade was held during the university's Alumni and Homecoming Weekend. All proceeds raised from the race benefit an underrepresented undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University who have made significant contributions to campus life, scholarship and community service—three characteristics best demonstrated by Tubbs Jones.

Contact Melanie Scanlon, Assistant Director of Programs, Office of Student Activities and Leadership, 216.368.2679

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