Hammock Appointed OIDEO Director of Diversity & Strategic Initiatives

Janetta M. Hammock has been appointed director of diversity and strategic initiatives for the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (OIDEO). Hammock assumed the director’s position on Dec. 1. 

Hammock, a certified diversity professional, joined OIDEO at Case Western Reserve in 2010 as a communications specialist. Most recently, she was diversity program manager for OIDEO, a role in which she helped create Diversity 360, the campus-wide diversity education program. She also assisted in the development of the university’s Diversity Strategic Action Plans and enhanced the office’s signature programs, including the Power of Diversity Lecture Series, Train the Champion Program and annual welcoming and graduation receptions. Additionally, Hammock was instrumental in establishing and bringing to campus the Sustained Dialogue program. She currently serves as co-chair of the initiative and was one of four individuals to receive a national Sustained Dialogue award in 2017 for her work with the campus program. Additionally, Hammock serves on the university’s Diversity Leadership Council. 

In her new role as director, Hammock will oversee major diversity strategic initiatives, including diversity training programs and engagement initiatives. She also will assist departments and offices in developing and implementing their diversity strategic action plans and oversee the work of the OIDEO’s Visiting Committee. Hammock will also be involved in outreach efforts and work collaboratively with Corporate Relations on efforts to raise private funds for campus diversity and inclusion initiatives. In addition, she will continue to assist with office programming until her successor is named. 

Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve University, Hammock served as director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio and assistant director in the Office for Government and Public Affairs at the American Council on Education, a national higher education association in Washington, DC. She has twice been featured in Who’s Who in Black Cleveland and has served as a diversity panelist at local and national conferences and meetings. 

Hammock holds a master’s degree in Diversity Management from Cleveland State University, a master’s degree in African American Studies from Morgan State University and a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.