Power of Diversity Lecture Series

Power of diversity

The Office for 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.

Fall 2020 Speakers 

2020 National Speaker–Bernard L. Fraga, PhD 


Wednesday, October 21 at 4:30 p.m.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Power of Diversity Lecture Series presents national speaker, Bernard L. Fraga, PhD, political scientist and author of the awarding-winning 2018 book, The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America. Fraga will discuss the power of Latinx and other BIPOC (black, indigenous and people of color) voters to shape elections this November and beyond. 

He is an associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Fraga is interested in how group identities and electoral contexts impact political behavior.

The session will be moderated by Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Robert L. Solomon, Esq.  

Watch Bernard Fraga's Lecture

Burst the Bubble–Build Community: Steps for Working Together as Community with the Surrounding Neighborhoods

Wednesday, September 30 at 3 p.m.


Mark Chupp, PhD, assistant professor and chair, community practice for social change CWRU Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Gwendolyn Garth, community leader, multimedia artist and founder and owner of Kings & Queens of Art, a grassroots collaboration of local artists

Watch Burst the Bubble

About the speakers

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.

Garth was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and grew up in four Cleveland neighborhoods: Hough, Central, Fairfax and Glenville. Currently, she reside in the Central neighborhood. She is a graduate of Glenville High School and has taken art classes at Cooper School of Art and the Cuyahoga Community College, including drawing by hand, drawing on the computer and Art Therapy.

Art has been a very integral part of her life and has been, and still is a hiding place, a resting place, a relaxing place and a healing space for her. Influenced by her sister to tap into her artistic side, she have been dabbling at arts and crafts for her entire life. Pencil and graphite take the lead in her favorite medium, but she also loves working with and exploring all mediums of art: writing, quilting, working with wood and clay and painting pictures with words.

At this juncture of her artistic journey, she is working with markers and interested in becoming a graphic recorder. Her work in the community, doing community murals and art gardens, has led her towards becoming a social practice artist where the community is the canvas.


Cleveland, Humanities, Collaboration

Tuesday, October 6 at 3 p.m.


Featuring Kurt Koenigsberger, PhD, associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and director of the Cleveland Humanities Collaborative (CHC) and

Denise McCory, EdD, interim campus president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), Metropolitan Campus.

Alumni and Current Students of the CHC program 

About the speaker

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.

Dr. Denise McCory, metropolitan campus born and raised a Clevelander, McCory graduated from Cleveland schools and completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Ohio University and Cleveland State University, respectively. She is currently working on a Master’s in English Teaching from Bowling Green State University, with the goal of teaching developmental English. McCory completed her doctoral work at Walden University, where she researched the persistence of African American students in developmental math and English courses. She has served the College for almost two decades in a variety of roles, beginning as a Program Assistant for one of Tri-C’s College Pathway Programs at the Metropolitan Campus, a Student Success Specialist in the Enrollment Center, moving to Assistant Dean and Dean of Student Affairs. In 2017, she transitioned to a role as Dean of Academic Affairs at the Eastern Campus before returning to the Metropolitan Campus, where she has served as Interim Campus President since July of 2019. 

Watch Cleveland, Humanities, Collaboration


Creating Inclusive Work Spaces–A Latinx Staff Perspective

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, October 29 at noon


Marel Corredor-Hyland, diversity, campus partners and HR development team leader, Kelvin Smith Library

Mark Clemente, scholarly communication and copyright librarian, Freedmen Center for Digital Scholarship

About the speakers

Corredor-Hyland was born and raised in Colombia, South America and came to the U.S. at the age of 21 to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kent State University. Later, she finished her MBA from CWRU.

Before joining the staff at CWRU, she worked at the library at Lorain County Community College and for SkillsMAX Resource Center. Now, she manages human resources development for all levels of library staff and student employees of Kelvin Smith Library. As the internal consultant who manages and analyzes the needs of the KSL departments, she designs and delivers practical solutions to human resources issues in coordination with the university’s central Human Resources department.

Additionally, she promotes diversity and inclusion as an integral aspect of the organization and serves as the chair of the CWRU libraries Diversity-Working Group. 

Clemente is the scholarly communication and copyright librarian in the Kelvin Smith Library's Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, where he educates and consults with the CWRU community on copyright, scholarly publishing, open access, and licensing.

Before arriving at CWRU in 2016, Mark was the scholarly communications and licensing librarian at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he helped implement the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and negotiated journal subscription license agreements. Prior to MIT, Clemente worked in libraries at Boston College, Hampshire College, and Georgetown University supporting programs in scholarly communication, digital collections, archives, and public services.
He holds a BA in Philosophy from American University and an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.