September 2023 Newsletter: Message from Julian Rogers

Julian Rogers

We opened the 2023-24 academic year on Monday the 28th and the CWRU campus community is, once again, buzzing with students and activity. Here in community relations, as we look ahead, we’re excited to build on our momentum and our role as a good neighbor to the people in surrounding Cleveland and northeast Ohio.

Over the summer, we had tremendous impact on the youth of Cleveland through camps and programming that the university sponsored or serve as a partner. We welcomed nearly 330 youth ages 8 to 16 for our annual National Youth Sports Program and 33 students for our TRIO Upward Bound Summer Program. We continued our partnership with Strengthening Our Students (SOS) and provided tutoring services and activities for 20 children who were enrolled in the SOS six-week summer camp at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Sears think[box] hosted the Cleveland Freedom Project’s Social Justice through STEAM summer camp for 40 students. The university is proud to support these programs and so many others as we continue to fulfill our mission to improve and enrich people's lives through education and research.

In this month's issue, you can learn more about some of the good news coming out of our Office of Local Government and Community Relations, including plans to renovate a formerly vacant home on Wade Park Avenue and reopen it as the Wade Park Community Engagement Center. We've also included details about two upcoming CWRU-sponsored events, a spotlight on NAC member Amber Byrd, information on how you can engage with CWRU, and our monthly list of local events.  

As always, I invite you to share your feedback and ideas with me. I look forward to seeing you in the community. 

Julian Rogers
Assistant Vice President, Local Government and Community Relations