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Grace Clifford, MAEd

Grace Clifford, MAEdGrace Clifford, MAEd

Associate Director, CWRU Education Student Services Disability Resources

“Building a Culture of Inclusion: Creating Campus Advocates for Students with Disabilities in the Health Sciences”

Cheryl Toman, PhD

Cheryl Toman, PhD

Chair, CWRU Department of Modern Languages and Literature & Professor of French
Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program

“The Fight for Inclusion in the African Canon: Women Writers of Cameroon & Gabon.”


Monica Webb Hooper, PhD

Monica Webb HooperMonica Webb Hooper, PhD

CWRU Professor, Oncology, Psychological Sciences, Family Medicine & Community Health

"We are Not Low Hanging Fruit: Meaningful Science to Address Racial Disparities in Tobacco Cessation"

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, PhD

  Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, PhD

CWRU Beamer-Schneider Professor of Ethics, Department of Philosophy

“Poverty & Depression, the Power of Imagination, and One Still Secret of Justice”

Molly Watkins

Molly Watkins

CWRU Executive Director for International Affairs

“The Value of Global Diversity during Tumultuous Times”

Ramez Islambouli

Ramez Islambouli

Head of Arabic Language, CWRU Dept. of Modern Languages
Lecturer of Islam, CWRU Dept. of Religious Studies
Adjunct Professor, CWRU School

“Changing the Narrative about Islam and Muslims”

Liz Roccoforte

Liz Roccoforte

Director, CWRU’s Lesbian Gay
Bisexual Transgender Center

“Centering the Intersections: LGBTQ Community Building Over the Next Four Years

Laura Hengehold, PhD

Laura Hengehold, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair,
Department of Philosophy

“Relevant to Whom? Anonymous for Whom? How Philosophy Reveals and Conceals Human Uniqueness”


Cassi L. Pittman, PhD

‌Cassi L. Pittman, PhD
CWRU Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Race, Class and Place: Rethinking Middle-Class Blacks Residential Preferences
and Consequences of Minority Suburbanization.

 Michiko Watanabe, PhD CWRU Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics, Anatomy

Michiko Watanabe, PhD
CWRU Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics, Anatomy

Exploring the Tiny Beating Heart: Rewards of Diversity & Teamwork in Research on Heart Development‌


G. Dean Patterson. Jr.,
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

The Journey First Begins From Within


Lisa Nielson, PhD,
Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellow Lecturer,
Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences

Concubines, Courtesans, Poets and Slaves: Music and Politics in the Medieval Islamic Courts

Melvin L. Smith, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Organizational Behavior &
Faculty Director of Executive Education at the Weatherhead School of Management

Managing Diverse Relationships via Emotional Intelligence


Camille Warner

Camille Warner, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Support and Social Equality:In the Classroom and Community

Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández

Carlos E. Crespo-Hernández, PhD
Associate Professor of Chemistry;
Co-Director, Center for Chemical Dynamics

Diversity in the Physical Sciences: A Personal Journey

Blanton S. Tolbert

Blanton S. Tolbert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Molecules of HIV: The Importance of Diverse Perspectives

Jessie Hill

Jessie Hill, JD
Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research; Professor of Law and Laura Chisolm Distinguished Research Scholar, School of Law

Reproductive Rights or Reproductive Justice?


Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH

Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH
Professor of Law and Associate Director of CWRU's Law-Medicine Center

Separate and Unequal Health Care in a 'Post- Racial' World: The Paradox of Fixing Racial Disparities in Health Without Addressing Racial Bias

Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC

Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC
Assistant Professor at CWRU's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing; Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Leveraging the Power of the Community to Improve Health

Anna Maria Santiago, PhD 

Anna Maria Santiago, PhD
CWRU Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Fifty Years Later: From a War on Poverty To a War on the Poor

 Andrew M. Rollins, PhD

Andrew M. Rollins, PhD
CWRU Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine;
Faculty Advisor of Engineers Without Borders and MIND

Developing OurStudents and the World, Through Service


Kristin Williams

Kristin Williams DDS, MPH
CWRU Dental Public Health, Assistant Professor,
Department of Community Dentistry

Meeting a Community Need: Increasing Diversity Within the Dental Health Profession

Dorothy Miller

Dorothy Miller, PhD
Founding Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women;
Clinical Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU

Struggling to Get It Right: Gender, Race and Class Through a Lesbian, Feminist Lens

Deepak Sarma

Deepak Sarma, PhD
Professor of South Asian religions and philosophy, CWRU

DARE: Articulating Race and Ethnicity

John H. Flores

John H. Flores, PhD
CWRU Assistant Professor of History and Climo Junior Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

The Brown Power Movement of the 1920s: Reinterpreting Mexican Chicago


Emmitt R. Jolly

Emmitt R. Jolly, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Center for Global Health and Disease

The Biochemistry of Life: A Model of Diversity

Joy R. Bostic

Joy R. Bostic, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Justice-Making and the Beloved Community: The Power of Diversity in University Circle


 Raymond Ku

Raymond Ku, JD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, co-director of the Center for Law,
Technology and the Arts, and co-director of the Cyberspace Law and Policy Office.

Hate, Affinity and Merit: Why Diversity Matters

Sana Loue

Sana Loue, PhD
Professor and Director in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics;
Director of the Center for Minority Public Health of the School of Medicine.

Bread for the Body, Bread for the Mind: The Need for Active Culture

LaShanda T. Korley, PhD

LaShanda T. Korley, PhD
Nord Distinguished Assistant Professor, Macromolecular Science and Engineering;
Prinicipal Investigator of the Korley Research Group

Promoting Diversity in Academia: The Importance of Mentoring


Sue Hinze, PhD

Sue Hinze, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Women's and Gender Studies at CWRU

The Power of Diversity or the Diversity of Power? Reflections on Difference, Power and Privilege