As Eric Gordon, the CEO of Cleveland Metropolitan School District, observed at his most recent—and final—State of the Schools address, the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are amidst many exciting changes in leadership at some of the region’s top posts. And with these changes comes an opportunity for collaborations involving new faces and fresh perspectives, as well as opportunities to move this city, its residents and our communities forward in novel ways.
Similarly, next month’s elections will bring another wave of change from the federal levels down through our local school boards of education. To that end, we’ve dedicated two spotlights—our Campus Partner Spotlight and Student Spotlight—in this issue to share how members of the Case Western Reserve community promote nonpartisan voter engagement and participation in our democracy. It’s also worth noting that Case Western Reserve University President Eric W. Kaler serves on the President’s Council of the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and has signed the ALL IN Presidential Commitment, which means that our campus is more dedicated than ever to ensuring every eligible student has access to and uses their right to vote. (By the way, consider this your friendly reminder to vote on Tuesday, November 8.)
(By the way, consider this your friendly reminder to vote on Tuesday, November 8.)
In this issue, we’ve also included a spotlight on our new Chief of Police Paul Owens, who officially was sworn in on October 6, as well as a report on Cookout with the Cops, which was designed to engage members of the surrounding community with Case Western Reserve students and our police department. We also invite you to read more about one of our Neighborhood Advisory Council members, Darrell Fields.
Again, please continue to share this newsletter with friends, neighbors and colleagues and encourage them to subscribe. We appreciate your engagement and wish you a happy fall season!
- Julian Rogers, Assistant Vice President, Local Government and Community Relations