Special Announcements

Power of Diversity Lectures Have Been Postponed

Upcoming Power of Diversity lectures and the annual Diversity Awards Luncheon, sponsored by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO), have been postponed as part of campuswide efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Last Tuesday, Case Western Reserve University released a statement outlining steps being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on campus. The announcement came a day after three confirmed cases of the virus were reported in Cuyahoga County.

Effective immediately, the university is prohibiting on-campus meetings, gatherings, conferences and other events of more than 25 people. The ban will continue through Monday, April 20. In addition, it was announced that CWRU was moving to remote delivery of education for nearly all of its programs from March 18 through April 6.

Below is a list of postponed OIDEO events. The office hopes to reschedule these events later in the semester or in the fall.

March 25 lecture "Cleveland, Humanities, Collaboration," featuring Kurt Koenigsberger, PhD, associate dean of the CWRU College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative and Michael Schoop, PhD, vice president of evidence, inquiry and retention at Cuyahoga Community College. In this joint presentation, Koenigsberger and Schoop were scheduled to discuss the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, a partnership between Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and CWRU that promotes and assists student transfer from Tri-C to CWRU, where students pursue a bachelor's degree in the humanities.

April 2 Diversity Awards Luncheon -- the annual event recognizes members of the CWRU community that have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts on campus. 

April 6 lecture "Building Bridges Across Differences," featuring Mark G. Chupp, PhD, assistant professor and chair of the Community Practice for Social Change in the CWRU Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Case Western Reserve University receives INSIGHT Into Diversity 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award


HEED Award logo 2019

Case Western Reserve University received the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a diversity-focused publication in higher education.

As a recipient of the annual HEED Award—a national honor recognizing colleges and universities around the country that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—Case Western Reserve will be featured, along with 92 other recipients, in the November 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

This is the eighth straight year the university has received a HEED Award.

“We are excited and honored to once again be recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity for our diversity efforts,” said Joy Bostic, the university’s interim vice president in the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity. “Many throughout the campus community have embraced the university’s inclusion and diversity goals and this award is the result of hard work and commitment by students, staff and faculty working to make CWRU a more welcoming and inclusive campus. Of course, there is more work to be done, but this award encourages us to pause, recognize what we have accomplished and take pride in our successes.”

CWRU has received the national award every year since the honor was established in 2012. To be considered for the award, institutions complete an extensive application and summarize their diversity and inclusion initiatives. This year’s CWRU application highlighted:

  • Somos CWRU—a newly created pilot program aimed at developing a recruitment and retention strategy for the Latinx population.
  • Diversity Resource Forum—held for the first time last fall. The forum highlights resources and services across campus involved in diversity, inclusion and equity work.
  • Mentor Circles & Mentor Fellows—the initiative works to increase knowledge and understanding of mentoring underrepresented students.
  • Sustained Dialogue program—the university’s award-winning diversity initiative for students, staff and faculty. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and provides an opportunity for participants to make recommendations to the administration on ways to improve the campus climate.
  • Rooney Rule-like policies that require a diverse applicant pool for faculty and top administrative positions.
  • The CWRU Trailblazer Project—a portraiture initiative that annually showcases the contributions of CWRU alumni of color and women and helps to diversify the images that appear in campus common areas.
  • African and African American Studies Minor—established in 2018, the program provides an opportunity for students to explore the global black experience and its relationship to black life in the Americas.

“The HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees—and best practices for both—continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

Joy R. Bostic, PhD, appointed Interim VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

Joy Bostic PhD

Dr. Joy R. Bostic currently serves as the interim vice president for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She is an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at CWRU and the founding director of the minor in African and African American Studies. She is also a program faculty member of the Women’s and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies programs.

Bostic is the author of several book chapters and scholarly articles on race, gender and religion and is the author of African American Female Mysticism: Nineteenth-Century Religious Activism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).  Her forthcoming book, Performing Black Gods: Religion, Ritual and Resistance in African American Popular Culture (Routledge, 2020), explores religion, ritual and race in visual culture, music and dance.  In addition, Bostic is a member of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) and is a co-editor of TRRR’s forthcoming volume Black Religious Landscapes (Peter Lang, 2020).

She received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Indiana University and went on to earn a Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in public policy and management from The Ohio State University. She attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary where she was awarded the Master of Divinity degree. After graduating from seminary, she was ordained a Christian minister at Second Baptist Church in Evanston, Illinois. While attending Garrett-Evangelical, she worked as a research assistant for the Religion in Urban America Project, an ethnographic study based at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

In 2006, Bostic received a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York. While living in New York City, she served as an associate minister at Second Canaan Baptist Church and taught courses in theology and religion as an adjunct professor at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.  She also worked as the coordinator of the Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center and was the executive director of the African American Task Force on Violence against Women, a community-based organization in Central Harlem.  An artist at heart, Professor Bostic is a student of dance, photography, and the textile arts.

Marilyn Sanders Mobley to step down as vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity


President Barbara R. Snyder has announced that Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn Sanders Mobley will step down from her role at the end of this academic year. The first person to fill the then-newly created cabinet-level position, Mobley came to Case Western Reserve in 2009.

“In becoming our inaugural campus-wide leader of diversity, Marilyn took on the daunting task of creating a comprehensive program essentially from scratch,” President Snyder said. “She fully embraced that challenge, engaging individuals across the university in exploring and addressing issues that are critical to our mission as an institution of higher learning—and to our broader society. I appreciate all of her contributions, as well as the warm, thoughtful and collaborative ways that she made them.”

The university’s 2008-2013 strategic plan, Forward Thinking, called for the creation of a full-time, high-level administrative position devoted to diversity. President Snyder began the process of fulfilling that commitment that same year, launching a national search led by a committee that included faculty, staff and students. For Mobley, who had earned her doctorate in English from Case Western Reserve in 1987, the appointment represented both a homecoming and an enormous opportunity. At the time of her appointment, she noted that one of the key factors influencing her decision “was the energy and excitement people express about these issues and this new position.”

Upon her arrival, Mobley worked quickly to draw such enthusiastic individuals into her efforts. Among her first steps was forming a Diversity Leadership Council, with whom she worked to develop the university’s first diversity strategic action plan; its vision, reiterated in the second strategic action plan in 2016, called for “advancing diversity through mindful learning, inclusive thinking and transformative dialogue.” Another early initiative was an annual spring luncheon to honor faculty, staff and students whose efforts significantly enhance diversity and inclusion on campus.

Mobley’s time as vice president also saw her play a key role—along with others, including Naomi Sigg, director of the student-focused Office of Multicultural Affairs—in the development and implementation of a campus-wide education program, Diversity 360. Nearly 8,000 students, faculty and staff have participated in the effort since it began in 2015. Mobley also created the Trailblazer Project, a portrait initiative that showcases the contributions of CWRU alumni of color and other distinguished leaders to bring greater diversity to images displayed in campus common areas.

“It has been a privilege to lead efforts to help make Case Western Reserve a more diverse, more inclusive and more equitable institution for all of the members of our community,” Mobley said. “Together we have made great progress across areas including policies, programming, culture and demographics, and I am confident that momentum will continue to grow through the leadership of President Snyder, our new provost, Ben Vinson III, and the many, many individuals across the campus who have championed this important work.”

As a member of the provost search committee, Mobley and Vinson first interacted when he was a candidate for the position here.

“Marilyn’s passion for Case Western Reserve was powerfully evident during the interview process,” Provost Vinson said, “and contributed to my early impressions that this university was a special place with enormous potential. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with her this year in her administrative role, and pleased that she will continue to be part of our community as a faculty member.”

Mobley, who was appointed as a tenured professor of English when she joined the university, will take a one-year sabbatical to focus on her research and scholarship before engaging in all of the department’s activities.

The university will launch a national search for Mobley’s successor later this fall; watch The Daily for updates.

During her tenure as vice president, Mobley also established the university’s annual Power of Diversity Lecture Series, which features national thought leaders and CWRU scholars, and the Diversity Annual Fund, which supports campus diversity initiatives. In addition, under her leadership, the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity has produced annual diversity reports, a newsletter each semester, expanded its offerings of diversity and inclusion workshops and trainings, and established Train the Champion, a monthly diversity education program for faculty and staff.

Through collaborative efforts with students, faculty and staff and the university administration, Mobley has helped the university achieve both local and national recognition for its diversity efforts, including awards from the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Commission on Economic Inclusion, DiversityInc, and INSIGHT into Diversity. Case Western Reserve also has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award for six consecutive years and in 2017, the national Sustained Dialogue Institute recognized CWRU for its program, managed by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, First Year Experience and Family Programs, and the Office of Student Affairs.

Mobley is a recognized higher education diversity expert and has served as a keynote speaker for conferences and events, both nationally and internationally. Currently, she serves on the boards of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Cuyahoga County Public Library Foundation and the Cleveland Leadership Center. Mobley was inducted into the Women of Color Foundation Hall of Fame in 2012 and honored with the Judson Award for Smart Living in 2015. She has been recognized in Who’s Who in Black Cleveland for the past eight years.

Prior to her appointment at CWRU, Mobley served as provost at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina, and as associate provost for educational programs and a faculty member at George Mason University for 19 years. She founded the African American Studies program at George Mason and served as its first director.

In addition to her PhD from CWRU, Mobley earned a master’s degree in English from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College of Columbia University. She has done coursework at the Howard University School of Divinity and completed the executive leadership program in higher education at Harvard University.

‌Mobley is a Toni Morrison scholar and the former president of the Toni Morrison Society. She is the author of Folk Roots and Mythic Wings in Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative (LSU Press, 1991) and the memoir The Strawberry Room and Other Places Where a Woman Finds Herself (Westbow Press, 2016).

“Listening Tour” Produces Recommendations on Ways to Make CWRU More Inclusive

Increasing scholarships for students and providing funds for innovative campus inclusion initiatives are among a host of recommendations offered by campus groups to make Case Western Reserve University more inclusive.

The recommendations are a result of a yearlong “Listening Tour” led by Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, and Vice President for Student Affairs Lou Stark. During the tour, Mobley and Stark met with 15 CWRU student, faculty and staff groups. In addition, three opening “Listening Tours” were held to give interested campus members opportunities to discuss and suggest inclusion initiatives. A spring retreat to discuss inclusion issues was also held.

“We appreciate all of the time and care members of the community put into considering the questions asked on the listening tour and into providing ideas on how our campus can become more inclusive, ” Mobley said. “Acting on what we learned from our conversations is critical to our commitment to making progress in the future. ”

“What I found most inspiring about these conversations was that people were as enthusiastic in praising activities that encourage inclusiveness as they were in citing areas where we need improvement, ” Stark said. “…people’s willingness to speak candidly gives me great hope for the future."

Recommendations from the CWRU Campus Listening Tour (September 2016 to April 2017)

(1-12 were short-term priorities and 12-16 were long-term priorities)

  1. Diversity in Hiring Committees: OIDEO, HR and the Provost’s Office have responsibility for addressing and enforcing this priority for greater accountability. In addition, President Snyder recommended that as a major research university, we should begin to “grow our own, ” by developing pipelines or pathways to the professoriate. The NOA-AGEP grant is one such example of a solution at work on campus to address this diversity concern.
  2. Development of a Buddy System: Vice President for Human Relations Carolyn Gregory will work with departments to encourage supervisors to match new staff employees with someone in their department.
  3. Utilization of Students for Outreach: President Snyder has asked Vice Presidents Rick Bischoff and Lou Stark to develop an application process for students who want to serve as ambassadors in their hometowns to recruit students to Case Western Reserve. They also will develop an orientation process.
  4. Faculty Mentorship for Students: President Snyder said that we expect the Provost’s Commission on Undergraduate Education (PCUE) to recommend a new mentoring program that will address this concern. In the meantime, the Student Affairs’ website will have a page that provides links to all mentoring opportunities across the university for students.
  5. Executive Leadership Participation in Community-Building and University-Sponsored Events: We will work with Vice President Carolyn Gregory on a communication to deans and UGEN vice presidents so that staff can take turns attending community events and professional development activities.
  6. Consolidation of diversity event/opportunity announcements online: OIDEO will have responsibility for this item and will create a location on the OIDEO website for posting events.
  7. Creation of One Community-Building Event per Semester: President Snyder said that we will do an inventory of all the events that occur before creating new events. She will talk to VPs and Deans about encouraging people to attend the annual Holiday Party in Adelbert Hall, an event that every member of the campus community is welcome to attend.
  8. Creation of a Task Force to Address Communication Needs: President Snyder has asked Vice Presidents Sheridan, Campbell, and Gregory, along with a representative from Bon Appétit, to find a solution for how to best provide university news and information to staff who do not have regular access computers.
  9. Encouragement of Self-Care, Wellness and Mental Health: As a first step to the new campus-wide wellness program, there is a single webpage for all wellness efforts: case.edu/wellness. We will also offer modest joint programming in the coming year with our faculty and staff wellness program and our student program, and both of these programs will continue to build services for their targeted populations.
  10. Provision of More Incentives for Creating Inclusion on Campus: President Snyder committed to providing seed money this year to begin an OIDEO Inclusion Transformation Fund. The fund will provide resources to assist with faculty hiring, innovation grants open to faculty, staff and students for research and initiatives that foster inclusion, and for scholarship support for students interested in cross-cultural interdisciplinary fields of study. External funding will also be sought for this program.
  11. Establishment of a Bias Reporting System Advisory Board: Student Affairs is currently evaluating how the system operates.
  12. Analysis of Policies, Departments and Infrastructure Designed to Support Diversity and Inclusion: President Snyder charged Vice Presidents Mobley and Stark with reviewing these areas and determining if changes are needed. They will announce any changes to the campus community.
  13. Scholarships for Students: President Snyder reiterated that this is one of the priorities of the Capital Campaign. At the end of our current capital campaign in December 2018, we will continue to raise funds for scholarships through a mini-campaign.
  14. Providing Opportunities for Participation in Decision-Making: We have many opportunities for faculty, staff and students to provide input on the university’s policies—the Faculty Senate, the Staff Advisory Council, the Undergraduate Student Government, and the Graduate Student Council, among others. We do not foresee a need to make any changes to this current system.
  15. Inclusive Campus Buildings: Vice President Steve Campbell is working with Vice President Stark on this issue and will return with recommendations on making campus building more accessible.
  16. Provision of More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms: There are 37 gender-neutral bathrooms currently on campus and the LGBT Center keeps a list of their locations and provides a map of them on the LGBT website. Community members can also fill out a web form to suggest where additional gender-neutral restrooms are needed.

From the President and Provost Regarding Today's DACA Announcement, Sept. 5, 2017

To the Faculty, Staff and Students of Case Western Reserve University:

In the wake of today’s White House announcement regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, we want to assure our campus community of two points:

  1. Dreamers are welcome here.
  2. We oppose ending DACA, and will urge members of Congress to continue the program in the strongest possible terms.

DACA allows individuals to overcome legal obstacles never of their making. These people came to the United States as infants or children—many know no other country but ours. The program allows them to remain here to work, serve in the military, or attend college. Since it began, nearly 800,000 Dreamers have been able to pursue opportunities that will enable them to contribute to our country without fear of deportation.

We have seen firsthand the exceptional benefits of the growing international nature of our campus. We will continue to increase our global engagement, and embrace people of all racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and international backgrounds.

Earlier this year, we provided information on how Case Western Reserve supports and protect all members of our campus community. We want to repeat it again, as it is pertinent to Dreamers affected by any changes to the DACA program.

Case Western Reserve commits to:

  • welcome and support students without regard to their immigration status;
  • continue to admit students consistent with our non-discrimination policy; and
  • maintain the privacy of student records (including documented or immigration status), releasing only such information when required by law.

Last fall, we joined more than 600 colleges and universities encouraging our country’s leaders to allow Dreamers to remain in the country while leaders developed a more permanent solution. In the spring, we joined more than 560 colleges and universities in signing a similar letter to President Trump. We will ask our congressional delegation to support the Dreamers, and we will continue to advocate for them through the Association of American Universities and the American Council on Education.

We are not the only ones on campus taking a stand on this issue. Today at 4 p.m., the student organization La Alianza will host a rally for the campus community in front of Adelbert Hall in support of DACA.

Finally, we want to remind students affected by today’s announcement that resources are available to them at the Center for International AffairsUniversity Health and Counseling Services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Dean of Students team, and the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, among others.

You are all welcome here.


Barbara R. Snyder

W.A. “Bud” Baeslack
Provost and Executive Vice President 

To learn more about the university’s position and DACA resources, visit our DACA page.

Mandel School Opposes End of DACA 

Statement by Dean Grover C. Gilmore opposing the end of DACA:

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is an inclusive community that welcomes ALL. We dream and act to build a more just world, and we decry any action by our federal government to turn away Dreamers. We join with the President of Case Western Reserve University in opposing the end of DACA and reiterating “All Are Welcome Here” at the Mandel School — including Dreamers.

CWRU Statement: Charlottesville, Virginia

From VP Mobley:

Dear Members of the CWRU Campus Community,

As President Barbara R. Snyder articulated in her letter to the campus community earlier this week, we understand that many of us are concerned about the incidents that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend.  We realize many of you are seeking resources for ways to support and empower yourselves and one another in the face of bigotry and hatred.  As we prepare for the new academic year, we will use our website to provide resources and to share resources you may discover as well.  

For faculty, please see resources at the following link:


For the entire campus community, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, please see the Southern Poverty Law Center.

We will update this list in the weeks to come. Please contact our office if we can be of further assistance.

Dr. Mobley

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Stands In Solidarity Against Hate And Acts Of Bigotry And Racism

CONTACT: Debra S. Nolan, CAE
Phone: 561-472-8479 
Email: dnolan@nadohe.org
North Palm Beach, FL


North Palm Beach, FL. – August 13, 2017 - The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education continues to follow the news reports of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. The violence that resulted in death and serious injuries to innocent people is horrifying. We strongly denounce and reject the hatred and acts of intimidation of those white nationalists who came to the State of Virginia to do harm. Virginia Governor McAuliffe in his statement Saturday told them to take their hatred and bigotry and leave--they are not wanted in the state, and like him, we say, there is no place for them in this country.

The Saturday afternoon message from Teresa A. Sullivan, President, University of Virginia, addressed to members of the University Community, expressed profound concern regarding the outrageous acts of white nationalist protestors carrying torches who marched on UVA’s Grounds to “spread their message of intolerance and hate.” We support the message of President Sullivan and extend our ongoing support to the entire UVA campus community.

NADOHE recognizes the grave responsibility we have as members of our respective campus communities to speak out against the efforts of those who would attempt to divide our campuses and our country based on our differences--that include race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

Over the next days, weeks, and months, there will be those who will test the boundaries of free speech and assembly. We support the First Amendment, and recognize the significance of our great institutions being the marketplace of ideas that generate new knowledge. However, violence is not protected, and we must strongly condemn those whose words and behavior are the antithesis of our values of diversity, inclusion, basic human dignity and respect. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is paramount and that includes the emotional well-being of our students that is essential for learning.

 Unfortunately, the violence and bigotry in the Charlottesville community is but the latest in a recent pattern of incidents that are designed to destroy the fabric of our university communities. “Not unlike Governor McAuliffe and others who have expressed their outrage over the events in Charlottesville, our response to those who spew hate and bigotry to destroy our communities is simply this - you and your acts of hate, violence and bigotry are not welcomed” says NADOHE President Archie Ervin.

NADOHE is an association comprised of chief diversity officers and diversity professionals who are the standard-bearers of higher education’s values of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to uphold our responsibilities to promote and advance diversity, even in this time of crisis in our country—because this is, indeed, a time of crisis. We stand united and we will not stand silent as others attempt to destroy our communities with hate.

NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education. Its vision is to lead higher education towards inclusive excellence through institutional transformation. For more information about NADOHE, please call 561-472-8479 or visit www.nadohe.org.