Power of Diversity Lecture Series

Power of diversity

The Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity sponsors the Power of Diversity lecture series to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement and civic education and learning about the national narrative on diversity and inclusion. The annual series includes two distinguished guest speakers from the national or international scene and four scholars from our own faculty.

The speakers include scholars, thought leaders and diversity professionals whose research, scholarship, leadership and advocacy enhance the university's efforts to present diverse ideas, perspectives and viewpoints to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for inclusive excellence.

All events are free and open to the public.
For more information email janetta.hammock@case.edu.

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Spring 2020

Eric Liu, CEO Citizen University

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
4:30 P.M.,  Ballroom A, Tinkham Veale University Center

Eric Liu

CEO of Citizen University, author and civic evangelist

"Become America: How to Revive Our Belief in Democracy”

Liu, son of Chinese immigrants, is a nationally recognized speaker on such topics as citizen power, civic health, the future of democracy and American identity. In addition to his work with Citizen University and the Aspen Institute, he is a correspondent at The Atlantic.com.

He is also an author and has written eight books, including his most recent book, Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility and Democracy and You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen and the national best seller, The Gardens of Democracy and True Patriot. His first book, The Accidental Asian, Notes of a Native Speaker, was a New York Times Notable Book and was featured in the PBS documentary, “Matters of Race.”

Liu served as deputy domestic policy adviser during the Clinton administration and on various boards, including the Corporation for National and Community Service. He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.

Thursday, February 13, 2020
3 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom

Margaret D. Larkins-Pettigrew, MD

Margaret D. Larkins-Pettigrew, MD

Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs and Associate Professor, CWRU School of Medicine

“Colors of My Heart: Embracing My Blackness through History, Legacy, Family, Fear and Faith” - an examination of how structural racism can lead to trauma and maternal loss for African American women

As an academic clinician in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew has dedicated over twenty-five years of her professional and personal life to diversity issues and global health challenges of women.  

One of the few female African-American providers locally, she cares for all women but has a special focus on under-resourced communities and care for women living with HIV. She has found that the lack of cultural humility affecting women in the United States and abroad have resulted in preventable deaths. The need for sustainable programs focused on educating primary care and specialty providers has proven to be essential in order to decrease the burden of disease and thwart unnecessary deaths from preventable causes.

She is the founder and CEO of WONDOOR (Women and Neonates, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunity and Research) programs, where she establishes post-graduate education opportunities locally and abroad. The program in Obstetrics and Gynecology trains specialists clinically and also changes the humanistic culture for those caring for women. Implementing protocols that provide optimal tracking of behavior change and patient outcomes is the key to the success of various initiatives.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
3 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom

"Cleveland, Humanities, Collaboration"

Kurt Koenigsberger, PhD

Kurt Koenigsberger, PhD

Associate Dean, CWRU College of Arts and Sciences and Director, the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative – a partnership between CWRU and Tri-C

Kurt Koenigsberger joined the faculty at CWRU in 2000. His research focuses on early twentieth century British literature. He teaches courses in post-1800 British literature, Black British literature, and periodical studies, and also conducts workshops for courses and individuals in letterpress printing at Writers House. Since 2017, he has directed the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative, an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported initiative fostering connections and collaborations among faculty and students from CWRU, Cuyahoga County Community College, and other local access-oriented institutions.


Michael Schoop

Michael Schoop, PhD

Vice President of Evidence, Inquiry and Retention, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)

Dr. Michael Schoop was appointed College-wide Vice President of Evidence, Inquiry and Retention on July 1, 2019. In this role, he is responsible for a data-driven institutional effectiveness program focused on student retention and completion.

From 2006 to 2019, Dr. Schoop served as President of the Metropolitan Campus of Cuyahoga Community College in downtown Cleveland. Prior to coming to Tri-C, Dr. Schoop spent eight years at the City Colleges of Chicago, where he served as Dean of Instruction at Harry S Truman College, and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at both Truman and Olive- Harvey College.

Prior to working in higher education, Dr. Schoop taught English conversation classes in Japan, conducted due diligence work for an international real estate company, and managed operations for a custom florist.

Monday, April 6, 2020
3 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center, Senior Classroom

Mark Chupp, PhD

Mark Chupp, PhD

Assistant Professor and Chair, Community Practice for Social Change
CWRU Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

“Building Bridges Across Differences.”

Mark Chupp is the Founding Director of the Community Innovation Network, a cross-sector network of community building experts, nonprofit organizations, researchers, and grassroots community organizers who are cultivating a new culture of deeply collaborative community change. Mark has extensive experience working with Cleveland’s community development system. He regularly provides consulting to public officials, practitioners, activists, and organizations across the country and internationally.

In 2009, he founded the East Cleveland Partnership, a service learning and community based participatory research effort to support the revitalization of a disadvantaged community next to the Case Western campus. He has lived in Central America and continues to serve as a resource in Latin America. He is a founding trustee of the National Peace Academy and serves as an adjunct faculty of the Summer Peace building Institute at Eastern Mennonite University.

Mark also serves as an instructor for the Mandel Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Development Program. He earned his MSW from the University of Michigan and his PhD from Case Western Reserve University.

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