Diversity, Inclusion and the Executive Order

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

We commend you for your enduring commitment to embrace inclusion and diversity as core values of our university. In an increasingly polarized world, the need for us to learn and grow together in our democracy is more important than ever. 

We know that concerns exist regarding the impact of Executive Order 13950 on Case Western Reserve’s diversity, equity and inclusion training programs. The order prohibits “race or sex stereotyping or scapegoating.” Because our programs do not engage in any form of stereotyping or scapegoating through content nor presentation, we will continue to offer a vast array of educational opportunities. Those efforts, and many others, are all part of our deep commitment to become an ever more welcoming and inclusive campus.

The North Star of Case Western Reserve’s “Think Big” strategic plan is “… to create a just and thriving world.” Through Pathway 3, which seeks to achieve social impact and Pathway 4, which seeks to shape our Agora, we will continue to use informed diversity equity and inclusion training as a necessary and invaluable tool to promote unity, community and inclusive excellence. 

We thank you all for being exceptional partners in this shared endeavor. 

Robert Solomon
Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Ben Vinson III
Provost and Executive Vice President

Scott Cowen
Interim President

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Upcoming Diversity Training Sessions

Join OIDEO for a diversity training session. Diversity 360 is a campus-wide diversity education program for students, faculty and staff. Interrupting Unconscious Bias training is required for all committee members participating on faculty and staff search committees and explores barriers within the search process that prevent the fair evaluation of underrepresented candidates.

Tree made up of hands.

A Promised Hope for Honoring Racial Justice

In partnership with Interreligious Council and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, OIDEO honored those killed by systematic racism and police brutality at a special tree planting ceremony.

The event symbolized OIDEO's and others collective commitment to address racial justice in concrete ways.

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Watch Diversity Think Forum: From Pain to Progress

From Pain to Progress: The State of Racial Justice in the U.S. in the Aftermath of the George Floyd Killing. Moderated by Robert L. Solomon, Esq., vice president of the OIDEO and featuring panelists Frank Whitfield, Ayesha Bell Hardaway, Alexandria Johnson Boone and Trina Evans.