Awards & Accolades

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) National Award

Flyer for award

‌For the fifth straight year, Case Western Reserve University received a national diversity award that recognizes institutions for their commitment to diversity and inclusion and for implementation of comprehensive diversity initiatives.

This fall, CWRU received the 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, given annually by the national magazine INSIGHT Into Diversity. The university was one of 83 colleges and universities nationally to receive the award. The award recipients were highlighted in the magazine’s November issue. “Case Western Reserve University is honored to be included among the institutions making progress in their efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, ” said Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, vice president for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. “We are committed to advancing diversity across the campus and pleased that our efforts have been recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity for the fifth consecutive year. ”

Award recipients were chosen based on their “exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives that focus on all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community, ” according to the publication. Case Western Reserve has received the national diversity award annually since HEED was established in 2012. To be considered for the national award, institutions were required to complete an extensive application and summarize their diversity and inclusion initiatives that impact students, staff and faculty.

In addition, applicants had to outline diversity goals and achievements. CWRU’s application highlighted several initiatives, including Diversity 360, the campus-wide, comprehensive, diversity education program. Implemented last fall, Diversity 360 provides information about the importance of diversity and inclusion and covers such topics as privilege, implicit bias and microaggression. The university’s application also highlighted diversity-related student recruitment and student service initiatives implemented by various CWRU schools and departments.

For a complete list of HEED winners and more information about the award, visit:

Commission 50 Award

Flyer of Commission 50 award

Case Western Reserve University has been recognized for its diversity progress and strategies by the Economic Inclusion Commission of the Greater Cleveland Partnership. In April 2015, the university was recognized as a member of the 2014 Commission 50. The university has received the award every year since 2011.

The Commission 50 designation recognizes organizations for their progress in creating, enhancing and sustaining diversity and inclusion strategies. Each year, the Economic Inclusion Commission recognizes 25 for-profit and 25 nonprofit/government organizations with the highest combined scores on board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity on the Commission’s Employers Survey on Diversity.‌

Best-in-Class Awards

Best in class award

Case Western Reserve University named "Best-in-Class" by the Greater Cleveland Partnership's Commission on Economic Inclusion.

The commission cited a number of campus initiatives that are helping to create a diverse workforce at CWRU including: the work of the Diversity Leadership Council; mentoring programs for both faculty and staff; unconscious bias training for managers, supervisors and search committees; professional development opportunities for women and individuals from underrepresented groups; and employee resource groups—the President's Advisory Council on Minorities, the President's Advisory Council on Minorities and Staff Advisory Council.

2013: Best-in-Class for Board Diversity

2012, 2011 and 2010: Best-in-Class for Workforce Diversity

Awarded since 2003, selections are based on results of the annual Employers Survey on Diversity™ and follow-up interviews by commission staff. Three honorees—a nonprofit/government organization, a large corporation and a middle-market member—are chosen in each category. The Commission on Economic Inclusion is a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) and is focused on creating positive, measurable outcomes leading to increases in board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity among the more than 100 Northeast Ohio employers who are members of the Commission. Additionally, the CGP aims to increase the total revenue, value, size and number of employees for minority-owned businesses in the region and throughout the State of Ohio.