Joy R. Bostic, PhD, appointed Interim VP for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity
Joy R. Bostic, PhD, associate professor in religious studies and Africana studies at Case Western Reserve University, was appointed interim vice president of the university’s Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO) effective July 1.
Bostic, a member of the Case Western Reserve faculty since 2007, is the founding director of the university’s minor in African and African American Studies, which was launched in fall 2018. She also serves as program faculty in both the Women’s and Gender and Ethnic Studies programs.
Bostic assumed the vice president position following the departure of the university’s inaugural vice president of OIDEO Marilyn S. Mobley, PhD, who stepped down from the position at the end of June. Mobley, a tenured professor of English, plans to return to the university to teach following a one-year sabbatical.
In announcing the appointment, President Barbara R. Snyder noted that Bostic is committed to issues of diversity, inclusion and social justice and brings to the position substantial knowledge of the university’s progress and challenges over the past 12 years.
Bostic also is an ordained Christian minister and holds a JD and a MA in Public Policy Management from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Illinois and a doctorate in systematic theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her service to the university has included membership on the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Committee, Faculty Senate, the strategic planning committee and multiple search committees.
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), will discuss the impact of black popular culture on American institutions and is due to be published in 2020. Before coming to Case Western Reserve, Bostic taught at Fordham University and Auburn Seminary in New York City.
“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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Establishment of a Bias Reporting System Advisory Board: Student Affairs is currently evaluating how the system operates.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Dreamers are welcome here.
- 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 Affairs, University 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.
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.
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
North Palm Beach, FL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.